Don't think that because it is January that I have forgotten about the Olympics. NO SIR-EE! I am merely quietly plotting my way into Sochi. In the meantime, I found this article on SFGate.com and plan to make a few visits. Bobsledding and photo ops? COUNT ME IN!
I love many things. Spandex- you know. The Olympics- I'm sure you're aware of that one as well. What else? The Today Show. I can't explain my love for the morning news program, or why I absolutely lost my shit upon seeing Al Roker when I was at the Oscars in 2009 (yeah- that's how we roll!), but I absolutely love the Today Show.
You know what I think the Today Show would love? This blog. I mean, really- who wouldn't? Ok, Nike and Ralph Lauren might not be my biggest fans this Olympic season, but I doubt anyone is theirs either. I digress.
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On a semi-related note, thank you to the THOUSANDS (over 9000!) of people who have visited this blog over the last two weeks. Whether we were your primary source for Olympic news and fashion, or a side dish to your regular reading and viewing, it has been a joy to share our thoughts on Olympic spandex with you.
Fear not, dear readers. Last night may have marked the end of the Games of the XXX Olympiad, but Ode to Olympic Spandex isn't slowing down. We have endless opinions on the fashions of the Olympics and we will be sure to share them with you.
What can you look forward to in the coming days from OTOS?
Track and field!
In addition to this, stay tuned for our thoughts on the Closing Ceremony (and how the Spice Girls nearly caused us to pass out).
And if you've got a bad case of the after-Olympics-blues, let this console you: the next Olympics (Sochi, 2014) aren't even a full two years away. You only have to wait a year and a half!
I realize that cycling has been happening in some form or another since day one of the Olympics, but I was distracted by all the leotards. I'm about to be even MORE distracted by them because Rhythmic Gymnastics is just getting underway. But, I digress. Cycling. If you've got a hankering for Olympic unitards, THIS IS YOUR SPORT (we'll touch on wrestling a bit later).
We started the week with the men's and women's road races, which in photographic form look more like a parade of colorful unitards.
Now let's get into the nitty gritty of it all.
Kazakhstan: I don't really understand Kazakhstan's national color palate. In a bedding situation I am really into those colors. I also think the emblem on their flag is really beautiful (the circle on his chest- in flag form it has more intricate detailing). That being said, these colors don't translate well to a unitard. It's rare that I would make this call, but I think it is too much aqua.
Columbia: Not sure if they got the memo that this isn't Nascar?
Netherlands: The V detail of the color blocking is really lovely!
Team GB: @London2012 posted this picture of Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins on a throne after winning his time trial. I love a number of things about this picture. The unapologetic prominence of Wiggins' bare chest, the weird shoe cover things, THE THRONE, and of course the Team GB uniform. I like that Stella McCartney kept the design the same across the board. I'm never confused when looking for Team GB.
Now let's venture into the Velodrome (giant Pringles can) for track cycling. OMG TRACK CYCLING. It's really crazy. And fast. CRAZY FAST! The best thing about track cycling, aside from the obvious spandex unitards, is the helmet. It is a specialized helmet that is obviously meant to make the cyclists more aerodynamic but it makes them all look like they are in a fast-paced cycling sci-fi adventure. AWESOME.
New Zealand: These look like costume ideas for Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises.
Denmark: Like off-color Pacmen... Get them ghosts!
Team GB: We already know what the suit looks like, but wow. Wow, wow, wow. THIS IS ONE FREAKING SNAZZY HELMET! I want to wear this when I learn how to ride a bike (I know- that was awkward to admit to the internet. But I own it. I'm on it.).
Australia: I've been generally pleased with Australia's fashion over the last two weeks, but the abundance of yellow here combined with the crazy helmet- it's a little too banana-tastic for me.
China: While nothing spectacular or breathtaking, I applaud China for doing something different and unexpected. I had to read the country name on the leg to know it was them!
Venezuela: I love you.
Overall, an excellent turnout of Olympic unitards. I should really get one of my own (along with that Team GB helmet!) because I think I will feel much more confident while learning how to ride a bike if I look REALLY freaking cool.