German Olympic Uniforms Through The Ages

We like it colorful. We like it bright. But we mean business.

1. 1954

In the early days of the Olympics, virtually every team wore suits during the opening ceremonies.

2. 1972

Things started to get bright at the Winter Olympics in Japan in 1972, when the uniforms for the German athletes mimicked the German flag. Red coats and black hats for the men; yellow coats and hats for the ladies, and black pants for all.

3. 1976

Was it a board meeting or the opening ceremony? The German uniforms in Montreal were professional and classy rather than colorful and sporty.

4. 1992

The 1992 Olympics was the first time that athletes from the former East and West Germany competed together after reunification. The uniforms look fine, but what’s with the human snow globe out in front?

5. 2002

Warmth was key for the bitter cold Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. We’re getting a definite Nordic vibe from those hats.

6. 2004

Swimmers Steffen Driesen (l) and Christian Keller ® show off the dapper men’s look for the Athens Summer Olympics. Apriocot, khaki, white and groovy!

7. 2004

The women athletes were confident enough to carry off this leisurly look at the Summer Olympics in Athens.

8. 2006

Are those hula hoops?! This colorful ensemble was designed for the 2006 Winter Olympic Team by Willy Bogner.

9. 2008

The uniforms for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing differed greatly between the men and the women, but both sets were ultra-chic and simple.

10. 2008

The 2008 Olympic gear was designed by Adidas, Betty Barclay and Bäumler.

11. 2010

The uniforms for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver continued with a colorful theme.

12. 2012

German athletes during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London donned outfits again designed by Bogner. The jackets were reversible, converting easily to smart, dark blue blazers appropriate for high tea.

13. 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi

Our athletes will surely stand out at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, and not just for these super bright togs.

Written By Lauren Rogers

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