While the upcoming Olympic Games are more of a celebration of athletic prowess than anything else, fashion does come to the fore now and again. Nike will be outfitting American Olympians when they take the stand, and Ralph Lauren will also be dressing our athletes on their downtime. And then, of course, there’s Norway. See, the Norwegian Olympic curling team will be in attendance, and with them comes the promise of loud, expressive patterns—at least from the waist down.
The team’s penchant for eccentrically decorated pants first caught the public’s attention when they competed at the 2010 Games in Vancouver (where they walked away with a silver medal). Their return to the ice in the mysterious sport of curling promises that they will bring that same wild streak with them. While most curlers tend to the conservative when it comes to attire, these gentleman embrace a more outlandish approach to dressing.
The New York Times seems particularly tickled over the development. In an article today they swooned over two new additions to the team’s sartorial repertoire, including one pair that’s “black and flowery and could be called grandmother-chic.” Needless to say, it’ll be a jolt of excitement to a sport that’s usually more confusing than entertaining.