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FYI: The Official Sochi Winter Olympics Gloves Have Rainbow Fingers

The colors represent the five Olympic rings and have nothing to do with LGBT pride.

During the opening ceremony's parade of nations, many athletes wore gloves with multicolored fingers, including the entire Greek Olympic team.

Some people watching the ceremony incorrectly assumed that the athletes were wearing rainbow gloves as a sign of LGBT pride in opposition to Russia's discriminatory laws.

ICYMI: Team Greece led the #Sochi parade of nations rocking rainbow gloves:

Ellie Hall@ellievhall

ICYMI: Team Greece led the #Sochi parade of nations rocking rainbow gloves:

11:48 AM - 7 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Actually, the multicolored accessories are the official gloves of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Warm.Good.Yours. Welcome #Sochi2014 official mittens! With 80+ different flags. Choose yr flag, support yr team!

Sochi 2014@Sochi2014

Warm.Good.Yours. Welcome #Sochi2014 official mittens! With 80+ different flags. Choose yr flag, support yr team!

08:21 AM - 2 Oct 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

The colors on the gloves' fingers represent the five colors of the Olympic rings. (The colors of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.)

The gloves are part of the official merchandise and are available for sale all over Sochi.

So the official #Sochi merchandise includes rainbow (spirit finger?) gloves.

Paul Sonne@paulsonne

So the official #Sochi merchandise includes rainbow (spirit finger?) gloves.

08:43 AM - 7 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Basically, if there's no purple and one of the colors is black, it's not meant to represent a rainbow.