Photo: AP/Mark Humphrey
Photo: AP/Mark Humphrey

Uniform flashback: International style choices of Sochi 2014

While we all love to know what Team Canada will wear at any given Olympic Games, there is perhaps equal anticipation to see what other countries have chosen.

Who will be extremely creative? Who will make you envious? Who will have you questioning their style choices?

Here’s a look at some of the trends that Olympic teams from around the world went for at Sochi 2014:

Literally Wearing the Flag

Austria kept it subtle with the red and white striped armband. Georgia took it a step further with the scarves. Team USA went all out with the sweater, described by one blogger as if “the flag threw up on” it.

Inspired by the Flag

For Brazil, Venezuela, Morocco, Kazakhstan and Serbia the concept was simple: take the colours of the flag and put it on some winter wear.

Bright Colours That Have Nothing to Do With the Flag

Germany may have the stripes of the flag, but made sure they could be spotted in a crowd with the can’t-miss-them red, blue, green, yellow combo. Iran went with the neon green and blue while, for some reason, Latvia said no thank you to burgundy in favour of orange.

Bright Colours that are Actually Traditional

I don’t think anyone could imagine the Dutch in anything but oranje. Slovenia was outfitted in their official sports colours – blue, green, and white.


The Slovakians added a little pop to their look with matching patterned hats and scarves. Meanwhile Ukraine stayed as far away from subtlety as possible. Along with the asymmetrical zipper on their jackets, Sweden added some pizzazz to their blue and gold with patterned leggings. And the Irish were hoping a couple shades of green would bring them luck.

Keeping it Classic

Sometimes simplicity is the way to go, whether its a puffy jacket or a a solid winter coat, as evidenced by Australia, China, South Korea, Switzerland and Japan. The Norwegians kick it up a notch with the red zippers on the powder blue pants and shiny silver hats.

The Blazer Look

Western European neighbours France and Spain both went for the button-up look. The French paired theirs with woolen hats and scarves while the Spaniards opted for berets.

Sporting Some Fur

Team GB and the Czech Republic weren’t messing around with their headwear. Both settled on fur hats with earflaps in case it got really cold on the Black Sea coast. Meanwhile the Russian coats made them look like they were ready for the weather in Siberia.

These Aren’t the Summer Games?

Tucker Murphy of Bermuda carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The season apparently makes no difference to Bermuda’s Olympians who again showed up in their signature shorts. Luckily, the weather in Sochi was pretty warm.