Ugly Olympics - Norway

The Winter Olympics are an exciting time to take pride in your country as the global platform gives individuals the chance to represent what matters most to your home nation. Sometimes this means wearing stately, polished uniforms that show off your most regal side, other times it means going all out in patriotic kitsch (rarely a visually appealing sight).

We'll give the following athletes the benefit of the doubt. Being an Olympian is a lot like being a bridesmaid, you wear what someone else wants and you look happy about it because it's your duty. Let's take a look through The Worst Winter Olympic Uniforms of All Time.

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Ugly Olympics - Germany 2014 Sochi
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Making a Statement

Country: Germany
Year: 2014
Where: Sochi, Russia

The multicolor uniforms from Germany this year are a political statement against Russia's intolerance of gay rights. While it's easy to love the message that Germany is sharing, would it be so hard to make them a bit more fashionable? Great statement, bad look.

Ugly Olympics - Japan 2010 Vancouver SSkating
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Dipped in Gold 

Country: Japan
Year: 2010
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

Speed skating uniforms are a hit or miss. Sometimes they can look really awesome and slick (see the Mach 39), and other times they just look awkward and unfitting. It's the chance you take when wearing a skin tight body uniform. Unfortunately, for Japan this one was a miss.

Ugly Olympics - USA 84 Sarajevo
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The Year of the Cowboy

Country: USA
Year: 1984
Where: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

That sign says it all, this look is a little sad. Maybe the cowboy look was trending hard in 1984.

Ugly Olympics - Germany 2010 Vancouver Clowns
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Clowning Around

Country: Germany
Year: 2010
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

As a multiple offender for this list, Germany took no exceptions to their ugly uniforms for ice skating. Dressing up like a clown should only happen for two reasons. One, Halloween. Two, if you actually are a clown, like the one who shows up to birthdays and blows balloons. Germany didn't get the memo.

Ugly Olympics - Mexico 2002 Salt Lake City
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Mexico Apparently Loves the Movie "Top Gun"

Country: Mexico
Year: 2002
Where: Salt Lake City, USA

So good it's bad or so good it's good? These outfits aren't necessarily ugly, if anything they are pretty badass. It's just when you see these outfits it's hard not to think of the movie "Top Gun."

Ugly Olympics Canada 2006 Torino
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Then, Let's Have The Maple Leaf Morph Into a Tiger!

Country: Canada
Year: 2006
Where: Turin, Italy

In 2006 Canada took a fierce approach with their speed skating uniforms. Jagged lines with random red and white maple leaves spread across the arms and legs make for a very funny looking outfit.

Ugly Olympics - Morroco 92 Albertville
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Hard to Believe This Was Pre-Harry Potter

Country: Morroco
Year: 1992
Where: Albertville, France

There are no crazy prints or loud colors here. Maybe that's the problem. Brown and Green don't really mix well unless you're in the forrest or something. But, on a way more awesome note, these capes are pretty cool.

Ugly Olympics - 2010 Burton Jeans
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No Wonder France Calls Us Sloppy

Country: USA
Year: 2010
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

Shaun White and company did very well back in 2010 taking home a handful of medals. The only thing they forgot to do was tailor their pants. Burton created a plaid top (not so bad), and pants that were made to look like very baggy denim.

Ugly Olympics - Norway 2014 Sochi
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Norway, Nuff Said

Country: Norway
Year: 2014
Where: Sochi, Russia

The Norwegians really know how to do two things at the winter olympics well. One being curling obviously, and the other being crazy with their uniforms. Known for sporting wacky prints and loud colors, it's pretty much expected to see Norway like this everywhere they go.

Ugly Uniforms - Canada 94 Lillehammer
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Canada Looking A Lot Like Russia

Country: Canada
Year: 1994
Where: Lillehammer, Norway

From far away it looks like these athletes could've been from Russia. Big coats, fur, a lot of red; all traits of past Russian uniforms. Canada fooled us, and for that reason alone these uniforms made this list.

Ugly Olympics - Italy 2010 Vancouver
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An Outfit So Good It'll Make You Want to Retire

Country: Italy
Year: 2010
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

Samuel Contesti of Italy dressed up as a stereotypical hillbilly, dirt and all. Let's just say that after this performance Contesti retired and went on to coaching instead. Was this outfit a career ender? Maybe.

Ugly Olympics - Germany 2010 Vancouver
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Germany is Ready for the Olympics And A Baby Shower #AtTheSameDamnTime

Country: Germany
Year: 2010
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

Girls wear pink and boys wear blue. Those are words you mainly hear at a baby shower. This theme isn't the first time Germany took cues from a newborn baby, check out what they wore for the 1988 opening ceremony in Calgary. Lavender and baby blue, now those were bad.

Ugly Olympics - USA 2010 Vancouver Bobsled
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These Parkas Are Three Sizes Too Big

Country: USA
Year: 2010
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

The USA Bobsled team had a lot of reason to celebrate, taking home a bronze medal in 2010. One thing they should never celebrate are these parkas. Reminiscent of the tall tee era, these parkas were a bit on the huge side. It doesn't help that the allover star print make them look like pajamas.

Ugly Olympics - Russia 92 Albertville
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Frank, Is That You?

Country: Russia
Year: 1992
Where: Albertville, France

These outfits would've been cool if it were the mid 1940's. Almost 50 years late is a little too late.

Ugly Olympics - Czech Republic 2014 Sochi
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The Wrong Hat Can Ruin Your Whole Outfit

Country: Czech Republic
Year: 2014
Where: Sochi, Russia

The jackets aren't so bad, other than the fact that they look like a Wonder Bread bag. The real problem here is the Johnny Appleseed hats. The second guy on the left doesn't look to happy about them.

Ugly Olympics - Norway 2010 Vancouver
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The Pants Make the Man

Country: Norway
Year: 2010
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

In Norway's case, the pants really do make the man. The Norwegian men's curling team went on to win a silver medal this year in Vancouver.

Ugly Olympics - USA 84 Sarajevo (Skiers)
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These Uniforms Were EXCELLENT Until the Cowboy Hat

Country: USA
Year: 1984
Where: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

Like Mexico in 2002, these skiing uniforms don't look half bad. They aren't too loud, but still have a lot of color to represent their country. It's just those cowboy hats, they just ruin the whole thing. How many cowboys did you know about that did anything on ice?

Ugly Olympics - Russia 2010 Vancouver (skiers)
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No. Words.

Country: Russia
Year: 2010
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

Russia really outdid themselves in 2010. Attempting to emulate Australian aboriginals, the Russians did more offending then anything else. Instead of paying a positive tribute, they looked like a mixture of Avatar, Tarzan, and Oompa Loompas. But why was Russia trying to pay homage to Australian Aboriginals anyways?

Ugly Uniforms - Czech Republic 2010 Vancouver
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Jackson Pollack Attacks Czech Team Pre-Show

Country: Czech Republic
Year: 2010
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

It looks like the Czech Republic took some inspiration form Jackson Pollack in 2010. These uniforms look like someone splattered paint all over their pants and chest. With that being said, that style is better left on a canvas than a uniform.

Ugly Uniforms - Switzerland 2010 Vancouver
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Are Those Suspenders Printed On Your Shirt?

Country: Switzerland
Year: 2010
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

Plaid seems to be a favorite for winter olympic uniforms. That we can get past (we actually kinda dig), but it's the matching suspenders on the shirts. The worst thing is those suspenders don't look real as they are printed on.

Ugly Olympics - Canada 88 Calgary
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Canadian Cowboys

Country: Canada
Year: 1988
Where: Calgary, Canada

When the winter olympics were held in Canada the home team decided to drift away from their roots and take on a wild west look. Athletes were decked out with white cowboy hats and leather tassels. This look just didn't work out for the Canadians.

Ugly Olympics - Russia 2014 Sochi
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Mother Russia!

Country: Russia
Year: 2014
Where: Sochi, Russia

Russia had some pretty unique prints in the 2012 olympics in London. They stuck to that theme with the base layers of their uniforms this year. The major change comes with the Santa Clause fur jackets. The home nation look a lot like the north pole with these ones.

Ugly Olympics - Ukraine 2010 Vancouver
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Blue Man On Ice

Country: Ukraine
Year: 2010
Where: Vancouver, British Columbia

Ukraine went with the glossy blue elastic body suites in Vancouver. These uniforms are reminiscent to the movie "Blades of Glory" starring Will Ferrell. If you don't know the movie, look it up and you'll see why we think these outfits are a hilarious comparison.

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