Olympic Fashion Passion at the 2022 Winter Games

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All the world's a stage for Italy at the Winter Games as their athletes wear their pride on their sleeves – literally! Athletes sported cowled capes made in the color of the national flag during the Parade of Nations in Beijing.
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Not to be outdone by Italy, French athletes sported winter jackets designed to look like the French flag at the Parade of Nations.
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Athletes from Team Great Britain opted for a little more subtlety, wearing the Union Jack as jumpers instead.
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Enkhtuul Ariunsanaa and Achbadrakh Batmunkh of Mongolia wore deels – traditional Mongolian tunics – to represent their country during the Parade of Nations.
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Team Colombia, including flag bearers Laura Gomez and Carlos Andres Quintana, chose to wear the Andean ruana during the Parade of Nations as a symbol of their national dress. If they look familiar, they should – modern designers have adapted the ruana into four-cornered shawls seen on fashionistas and office workers during the fall and winter.
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New Zealand's flag bearers Finn Bilous and Alice Robinson wore traditional Maōri cloaks for their entrance at the Parade of Nations as a nod to the country's Indigenous origins.
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Who wore it better? After Tonga's Pita Taufatofua announced his absence from this year's Olympic games, sledder Nathan Crumpton decided to follow the tradition with his own lavalava – a Polynesian staple – representing American Samoa in Beijing.
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Team Mexico's athletes paid a modern homage to their home country, wearing calaveras – sugar skull – themed jackets. Sugar skulls are commonly seen during Day of the Dead festivities.
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Denmark opted for the subtle touch: Danish athletes sported the national flag as masks for the Parade of Nations instead of becoming walking flags themselves. Practical!
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Team USA's turn in the opening ceremony might be one of the most subtle yet: athletes at the opening ceremony's Parade of Nations wore uniforms designed by American designer Ralph Lauren bearing the country's official colors. The design was inspired by themes from NASA.
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