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10 Legendary Winter Olympic Outfits Which Will Never Be Forgotten

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10 Legendary Winter Olympic Outfits Which Will Never Be Forgotten

By Ryan Rosendale

The Winter Olympiads have provided plenty of opportunists for athletes to stand out with their outfit choices.

Whether this be before, during or after competition, many have wowed viewers and spectators with their daring choices.

Here, we count down the top 10 Winter Olympic outfits of all time!

Shaun White. Credit: Alamy
Shaun White. Credit: Alamy

10. Team USA's pre-Games outfit - 1968 Grenoble Games

It was a mixture of a sweater and a jacket that really stood out in the outfit choice of Team USA prior to the 1968 Grenoble Games. While it's hard to tell what the buttoned mock-neck outerwear is, exactly, but there's no doubting it caught the eye of everyone that saw it.

09. Dorothy Hamill - 1976 Innsbruck Games

It wasn't just her flawless routine and gold medal win that had people talking about figure skater Dorothy Hamill at the 1976 Innsbruck Games. The American figure skater wowed audiences and is now fondly remembered for his elegant bright red dress and her iconic wedge style haircut that quickly became one of the most popular styles of the decade.

08. Michelle Kwan - 1998 Nagano Games

American Michelle Kwan stole the hearts of viewers and spectators worldwide with her graceful and elegant figure skating performances across her career, but it's her outfit choice at the 1998 Nagano Games that is her most iconic look. Her Vera Wang slip dress was a departure from some of the more theatrical skating get-ups, and it perfectly matched Kwan's routine.

Michelle Kwan. Credit: Alamy
Michelle Kwan. Credit: Alamy

07. United States' medal ceremony - 1984 Sarajevo Games

Anytime an outfit choice includes a cowboy hat, it must be included on the list. For their medal ceremony, alpine skiers Bill Johnson and Doug Lewis were just two of the Americans to don the national red, white and blue along with the wide-brimmed cowboy hat. It was a daring choice that we believe paid off.

06. Team USA's Ice Hockey uniforms - 1980 Lake Placid Games

If you're going to create history, you may as well do it in style. That's exactly what Team USA did on the ice during the memorable "Miracle on Ice" victory over the Soviet Union. Decked out in retro branding and shoulder stars, the underdog side pulled off one of the Game's greatest upsets while looking very red, white and blue while doing so.

Ken Morrow of Team USA in 1980. Credit: Alamy
Ken Morrow of Team USA in 1980. Credit: Alamy

05. Japan's speed skating suits - 2010 Vancouver Games

Speed suits are definitely designed with functionality over style, yet somehow the Japanese suits designed for the 2010 Vancouver Games somehow had both. The eye-catching gold and black suits were incredibly stylish with the design even better due to the head-to-toe nature of the speed skating suits.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

04. Norway's Curling team outfits - 2010 Vancouver Games

The bold choice of the Norwegians to walk into the Curling competition at the 2010 Vancouver Games is one that will be remembered for years to come. They wore bowling-esque shoes and solid red polos, but the real wow factor of their outfit was their red, white and blue checked pants that closely resembled ones sometimes worn by clowns.

03. Jamaica's Bobsled team - 1988 Calgary Games

Everybody is well aware of what history was made by the Jamaican Bobsled team at the 1988 Calgary Games, and that history was made in outfits fit for the occasion. From their stylish press conference jackets worn prior to the Games to their bobsled outfits during competition, there is a reason this team goes down in history as one of the Winter Games most memorable.

CRedit: Alamy
CRedit: Alamy

02. Korea's FILA sponsored speed skating suits - 2002 Salt Lake City Games

The best word to describe the speed skating suits worn by the Koreans during the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City would be... loud. Created by Italian sportswear brand FILA, the bright blue mixed with the yellow certainly made this outfit one to remember

Korea's speed skating team. Credit: Alamy
Korea's speed skating team. Credit: Alamy

01. Shaun White's medal ceremony outfit - 2010 Vancouver Games

If the "King of the Halfpipe" didn't make a statement with his performance at the 2010 Vancouver Games, he certainly got heads turning with his choice of outfit during the medal ceremony. Receiving gold, the American was decked out in classic navy washed jeans, a flannel-checked Burton Puffer and, of course, is iconic bandana.

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Topics: Winter Olympics news, Australia, Winter Olympics, top 10

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