olympics: adidas standard issue + country kits



Here’s a look at the black and white Olympics standard issue by adidas that we wrote about last week. Thankfully, the kits they’ve provided individual federations are much more colorful. Here are three below:

Andy Murray put aside his Fred Perry to wear the uniform provided by the LTA.

And the French team showed off a variety of pieces, including this polo on Michael Llodra

…this tank on Gael Monfils

…and the women’s separates on Pauline Parmentier.

And Chris Guccione and the rest of the Australians get a version in their national sports colors: green and yellow.

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mishits: the american men bore me



After that great Wimbledon kit, which had James Blake looking really classy, is this bagginess really all that Nike could do for American’s debut at the Olympics?

Since Under Armour isn’t really known for pushing the fashion envelope, we’ll let this one slide, Robby

Gineps lost to Nole 6-4, 6-4 in the first round, while James beat Chris Guccione 6-3, 7-6 (3).

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olympics: rafa nadal



The Spaniard opened his Olympic run with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win over Italian Potito Starace. He followed that up with a doubles victory with teammate Tommy Robredo against the Swedish team of Robin Soderling and Jonas Bjorkman.

Here’s a look at his Nike tank from the back.

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olympics – opening ceremonies



Olympic fever has hit us at TSF, too. I’m sure you’ve seen the opening ceremonies, or at least clips of it (we loved the movable type sequence).

Here’s a quick look at country uniforms, worn during the athletes’ march around the Bird’s Nest.

Nole and Ana Ivanovic marched for Serbia. Ana has pulled out of the Olympic draw because of a persistent inflammation in her right hand.

As flagbearer for Chile, Fernando Gonzalez dons traditional attire in his walk around the National Stadium.

Roger Federer carried the Swiss flag. The rest of the team wore a khaki sports jacket to round out their uniform.

Agi Szavay and the Hungarians went floral for the opening ceremony.

David Ferrer and Rafa Nadal were among the Spanish players marching.

We loved the fans and the Li Ning purses, but someone should have altered Rafa’s jacket…

OTHER NOTABLES

We were hoping that Filipinas would wear the female version of the barong, a traditional Filipino costume…

Kobe Bryant totally rocked the Polo Ralph Lauren-designed American uniform.

Kiwi flagbearer goes with a fur cape, while his compatriots wear demure black.

Bright colors on Estonia.

The Finnish women wear a contemporary print.

The Bermudans wear knee-high socks!!

Monaco’s Mathias Raymond, in blue, and Luxembourg in light brown.

Other blue: Vietnam goes with a deep royal blue, Russia puts it on their men (including flagbearer Andrei Kirilenko), Australia goes with a shimmer, and Iraq goes with aqua.

Iran in green.

Italians say safe and simple with their well-tailored uniform. Skinny ties! Cargo pants, though? I would have wanted to see a Ferragamo satchel…


Orange is always tough, so kudos to the Dutch for incorporating it wonderfully into their walk around the stadium.

Other faves: Georgia in clean white.

MISHITS

The Venezuelans showed up for American Gladiators casting call.

As expected by me, the Chinese showed up in a tacky uniform fitting for a McDonald’s employee.

Other mishits: the wrinkly silver Lithuanian blazer, we really expected more than a navy jacket from the Japanese.

Too bad the Afghans weren’t cloaked in a cape like President Hamid Karzai.

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