I am amazed at all the uniform controversy that haas happened this Olympic preseason. First, we had the swimsuit challenge. This was solved by banning full-length suits and allowing swimmers to wear suits that did not go past their knees or past their elbows.
Then we had the Beach Volleyball situation. The FIVB (International Beach Volleyball federation) approved a more covered-up uniform for female beach volleyball players. Since the sport debuted in 1996 Olympics, women have worn bikinis. Many countries, including the US, will continue to wear the traditional uniform in the 2012 Olympics. The uniform change has been made in an effort to cooperate with more countries who compete at the Olympics. There are many countries whose cultural beliefs or religious values prohibit the wearing of skimpy swimsuits. The Great Britain Beach Volleyball team took this issue to the streets. What is deemed unsuitable for the public places may be unsuitable for the Olympics. I always wondered why the girls wore such outfits. However, Brian Schrager brings up a good point once you get past the condescending opening paragraph: the swimsuits have been specially designed. Even Walsh stated in an interview, “I’ve played in a bikini for a very specific reason and it’s that it’s most comfortable. I’ve worked really hard with Oakley to get a really good suit that I’m not worried about wardrobe malfunctions, and it’s really sporty.” But if you read from a female perspective, Ellie Krupnick points out the sexy view of the suits and the lack of place they have in the Olympics .
I wonder if the change will eventually overtake the traditional. Like the swimsuits did, you don’t often see someone wearing the “traditional” swimsuit in competition anymore. Perhaps one day, the tiny suits will go back to the beach and not stay in world competition.
The newest controversy is happening here in the states; I am not sure if other countries are having to deal with this. Maybe not. Probably not. Many people are upset that the US uniforms (and who would wear the opening ceremony outfit anyway!) were made in China. I sort of get that argument: this is a time for each country to show off their stuff and their very best. Well, apparently our very best clothes come from outside the United States. The rowing team, which I was originally going to write about, blasted their webpage about how their uniforms are made in Philly“¦home grown! Too funny. Not really. I guess it just shows what petty arguments can arise when it comes to the world stage. I do like the row team suits. And I do appreciate one beach volleyball player’s comment on this:
“It’s a global world we live in,” Olympic beach volleyball player Todd Rogers, a 2008 gold medalist, told USA TODAY Sports. “I would say there are much bigger issues to worry about than where Ralph Lauren has the opening ceremonies clothes made.”
But have you seen the opening ceremonies uniforms? Greg Cote from the Miami Herald said, “The preppy white slacks and double-breasted dark blue blazers will make every American athlete look like a spoiled rich kid named Thad stepping on to his family’s yacht.” Couldn’t we have gone with something classic and clean like the flowing white slack and striped top? I know it has been done before but come on, it works! Maybe it is just the beret. Our uniforms look very similar to Australia’s.