12 Ridiculous Olympic Team Outfits Throughout History

The six-week countdown to the 2012 London Summer Olympics’ opening ceremony has officially begun. The best part of any Olympics opening ceremony? The crazy team outfits that countries force their athletes to wear.

1. Spain’s mustard-and-ketchup suits, 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

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What, Spain? You couldn’t get a giant hot dog to roll in with you?

2. Australia goes on a safari adventure, 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics


3. U.S.A. forgets to change out of their gym clothes, 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics

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Other countries went formal. We wore Levi Strauss track suits.

4. Lithuania experiments with color, 2004 Athens Summer Olympics


(And fails.)

5. Hungary gets splattered with pattern, 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

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The dudes were allowed to wear perfectly fine suits.

6. All Americans are cowboys, right? 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics

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America decides to present itself to the world with cowboy hats. Yee haw.

7. New Zealand goes for the ever-edgy bowling team look, 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

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Also, that guy is on his cell phone. During the Olympics Opening Ceremony.

8. U.S.A. really likes its stripes, 1960 Rome Summer Olympics

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They could break out in barbershop song any minute.

9. Japan prepares for rain, 2004 Athens Summer Olympics


The coats and hats are twee and charming, but Olympics appropriate?

10. Casual Roger Federer, 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

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Really, R. Fed, are those BATHING SUIT BOTTOMS?

11. France is too cool, 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics

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Surprisingly, this is not a still from Sofia Coppola’s version of the 1976 Olympics.

12. And then France lets itself go a little, 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

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What’s going on here, France? With the berets? And the belts? Let’s talk before 2012.

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