Spanish Olympic uniforms cause latest Olympic fashion uproar

Published On July 21, 2012 | By Arielle Aronson

Fashion is a never-ending topic of discussion at the Olympics. Whose uniforms look best? Whose are the worst? Whose uniforms are made in China? The uproar over the United States’ uniforms Chinese origin seems to have subsided a bit, but that is not the end of the Olympic uniform controversy.

The newest hot uniform topic comes out of Spain, as a few Spanish athletes tweeted pictures of themselves in their uniforms and seemed to insinuate that they are not happy with the result.

Gold medal canoeist Saul Craviotto posted a photo of himself in the Spain pants, polo shirt and baseball cap with a Spain backpack to his Twitter account. He tweeted (in Spanish) that he was trying on the team uniform and would leave the commenting to his Twitter followers.

Saul Craviotto (photo from Twitter)

The next to tweet a photo of the gear was field hockey player Alex Fabregas, who wrote in Spanish “Olympic outfit, there aren’t enough adjectives”.

Alex Fabregas (photo from Twitter)

It seems the Olympics uniforms look like something out of an ’80s telenovela as a result of Spanish cost-cutting. The uniforms were designed by the Russian firm Bosco, who gave the outfits to the Spanish delegation for free.

In an interview with ABC Punto Radio, Spanish Olympic Committee president Alejandro Blanco said any fashion preferences were secondary to price.

“When you measure the difference between paying one and a half million of public money and free clothes, there is no discussion,” Blanco said.

That has not stopped Spanish athletes from having discussions about the clothing.

“Looking forward to seeing Feliciano López wearing the official Olympic uniform. He’ll never have worn anything so ugly in his life,” said Carlos Moya, a tennis player and the former world No. 1.

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Arielle Aronson is a sports writer and recent graduate from Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Print Journalism Magna Cum Laude. Arielle has a passion for sports cultivated from growing up with two older brothers. She also enjoys playing the piano, reading and traveling.