Olympic Fashion at Opening Ceremony – NBC Chicago

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The whole world is a stage for Italy at the Winter Games as their athletes wear their pride on their sleeves – literally! Athletes wore hooded capes made in the color of the national flag during the Parade of Nations in Beijing.

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Not to be outdone by Italy, French athletes sported winter jackets designed to resemble the French flag during the Parade of Nations.

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Athletes from Team Great Britain opted for a bit more subtlety, instead wearing the Union Jack as their sweater.

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Enkhtuul Ariunsanaa and Achbadrakh Batmunkh from Mongolia wore deels – traditional Mongolian tunics – to represent their country in the Parade of Nations.

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Team Columbia, including flag bearers Laura Gomez and Carlos Andres Quintana, chose to wear the Andean ruana during the Parade of Nations as a symbol of their national costume. If they look familiar, they should be – modern designers have adapted the ruana into four-cornered shawls seen on fashionistas and office workers during fall and winter.

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New Zealand flag bearers Finn Bilous and Alice Robinson wore traditional Maori coats as they entered the Parade of Nations in a nod to the country’s indigenous origins.

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Who wore it better? After Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua announced his absence from this year’s Olympics, luger Nathan Crumpton decided to follow tradition with his own lavalava – a Polynesian staple – representing American Samoa in Beijing.

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Athletes from Team Mexico paid a modern tribute to their home country by wearing jackets themed around calaveras – sugar skulls. Sugar skulls are often seen during Day of the Dead festivities.

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Denmark opted for the subtle twist: Danish athletes flew the national flag as a mask for the parade of nations instead of becoming walking flags themselves. Convenient!

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Team USA’s turn at the Opening Ceremony might be one of the subtlest yet: Athletes in the Opening Ceremony Nations Parade wore uniforms designed by American designer Ralph Lauren in the colors country officials. The design was inspired by NASA themes.

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