Would you believe that it’s only a month until the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing kick off? We’re still nursing our New Year’s Eve hangovers. Thankfully, our athletes have been a little more diligent than we have, hard at work getting ready for the huge international event… And so have their uniform designers, as it turns out.
Sportscraft, who’s been the official supplier of the formal uniform for the Australian Olympic Team since 1996, has just unveiled the kit that our Aussies will be wearing in Beijing – and they’ve done an absolutely amazing job.
Modelled in Alpe d’Huez, France by skiers Brodie Summers, Britt Cox, Cooper Woods, Danielle Scott, Jakara Anthony and Matt Graham, the uniform is classy, stylish yet practical – and the athletes are already big fans. Check out the reveal below.
The uniform is full of clever little touches of Australiana. The blazer-like wool-blend peacoat boasts buttons emblazoned with the Australian Olympic crest, and its jacket lining features the names of all 265 Australian Winter Olympians.
Another nice touch is the boots that accompany the uniform. Crafted by iconic Australian footwear brand Volley (who also have a long track record of outfitting our Olympians), they’re 50% French legionnaire’s boots, 50% classic wheat Timberlands and 100% Aussie.
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Thick scarves and jumpers (including a rather bohemian turtleneck option) round out the kit. The cleverly executed colour palette means the uniform remains distinctively Australian – and one that’s far more après ski than after-school detention. We’d go as far to say this is probably the best Olympic uniform we’ve had yet.
Olympic formal uniforms are a great chance for countries to show off their sartorial flair and culture… Or look like knobs on the world stage. Australia’s had more than a few dodgy Olympic uniforms in the past, so to see such a classy, stylish take on a national uniform is really refreshing.
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are set to take place from the 4th to the 20th of February in the Chinese capital, as well as in venues near the neighbouring towns of Yanqing and Chongli. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be the first Winter Olympics in China as well as the first time a city has hosted both Summer and Winter Olympics.
Australia, along with other countries including Canada, Japan, the UK and the US, has announced a diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022, which means no dignitaries will represent these nations’ governments at the Games. However, the diplomatic boycott does not prevent Australians from competing in Beijing.
The Australian Olympic Committee will likely send a very healthy contingent of athletes over, but as ABC News relates, athletes will potentially only find out if they’ve qualified for the team as little as two weeks before the Games.
All we know is that all those who qualify will be at the Opening Ceremony looking slick as hell.