At this year's Games, two countries stand out when it comes to suped-up sporty style. Working with Hudson's Bay, Toronto-born designers Dean and Dan Caten of Milan-based label Dsquared2 crafted the elegant homage to Canada's two-tone flag for Rio's opening ceremony.
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Great Britain benefitted from the touch of one of the country's best-known designers, Stella McCartney. Collaborating with Adidas – a brand McCartney creates luxe athleisure wear for – Team GB's look flaunts the iconic symbol of the lion and the technological innovations one would expect from the renowned sports label.
And that's not the first designer-daughter-with-musician-father win when it comes to Olympian garb. For the 2012 Games in London, Puma worked with Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob; the result was a mash-up of Jamaica's traditional colours and bold prints for the country's track and field team uniforms.
While Spain's team outfits for the 2012 Summer Games (centre) were evocative of the country's flag, they were also reminiscent of a fast-food mascot; not the look you want to emulate while pursuing a personal best on the track.
Twenty years earlier, Australia's awkward look at the Barcelona Games opening ceremony (left) was less gym, more geography class. Complete with fedoras and gawky socks, the competing athletes appeared as if they were heading out for a tour of the outback instead of into competition.
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Curling has never been a chic sport (sorry) but the team from Norway has done it no favours thanks to its repeated sartorial offences. While graphic prints may rule on the runway, the clown-like zigzag-patterned pants would undoubtedly be thumbed at by the most ironic hipster.
And speaking of ironic: The U.S. team's Ralph Lauren-designed cardigans from the 2014 Sochi games were a nod to the sweaters better left in their wrapping on Christmas morning – more scary than merry.