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Get ready to watch the Opening Ceremony: Athlete uniforms

© 2012 / Comité International Olympique (CIO) / EVANS, Jason

Get ready to watch the Opening Ceremony: Athlete uniforms

Olympic teams attempt to impress in a variety of styles during the Opening Ceremony.

It would seem there is no dress code for an Opening Ceremony. Teams march dressed in many varied styles, as different as the countries in which they travel from to compete.

Some nations choose uniforms which reflect the buttoned-up suit style of the West, which included France, the United States, Congo and Italy in 2012.



Parade of Nations London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony

France, the United States, Congo, and Italy chose a blue blazer look for the Parade of Nations in London during the 2012 Opening Ceremony. Credit: 2012/Comite International Olympique/John Huet, Jason Evans, Paul Drinkwater/NBC

 

Other countries like to keep things casual with athletic wear, as seen by the choices by Ireland, Canada, Sweden and host nation Great Britain in London.



Parade of Nations 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony

Ireland, Great Britain, Canada, and Sweden went opted for comfortable during the Parade of Nations in London during the 2012 Opening Ceremony. Credit: 2012/Comite International Olympique (CIO) /Jason Evans, Christopher Furlong, Paul Drinkwater/NBC

The most spectacular ensembles are generally those which draw on a nation's cultural heritage, where color is abundant, like Mexico, Malaysia, India and Nigeria in 2012.



Parade of Nations 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony

Mexico, Maylasia, India, and Nigeria displayed their cultural roots during the Parade of Nations in London during the 2012 Opening Ceremony. Credit: (C) 2012 / Comite International Olympique (CIO)/John Huet, Paul Drinkwater/NBC

And there are always delegations that make a clever tip-of-the-hat to the host nation, like the Czech Republic in 2012, who wore their wellies and carried umbrellas as a nod to the U.K.'s soggy weather.



Parade of Nations 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Czech Republic were prepared for London's historically inclement weather during the Parade of Nations at the 2012 Opening Ceremony. Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

Get ready to watch the Opening Ceremony

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