Jamaica has been a stand out country in the Olympic Games since it has been the home of the famous athlete, Usain Bolt. Bolt is the only man to win and retain both 100m and 200m men’s titles in consecutive Olympic Games.

In the 2008 Olympics, the Jamaican team showed up to the opening ceremonies wearing bright yellow jackets and black pants. Personally, the jackets look like yellow raincoats from afar and all the team is missing are umbrellas and rain boots! Up close, the jackets are trendy, but the color kills the design. Most importantly, there is no green in these uniforms and Jamaica fails to incorporate all of their nation’s colors.

All countries stepped up their game in 2012 (except the U.S. – but we will get there), but Jamaica sure did show up looking top notch! Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella, designed these edgy uniforms for the Jamaican team. For a country with the World’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, they better be looking sharp! Sure enough, these are some of the best uniforms yet. Not only do they look fantastic, but they succeed in capturing the Jamaican culture as well.

In 1992 the Australia Olympic teams looks like they should be headed out on a safari rather than the Olympic Games in Barcelona. These uniforms look awful now, but they are definitely representing the 90s style! However, for the Olympic Games, they don’t quite seem creative and formal enough.

The 2000 Olympic Games were held in the homeland of Sydney, Australia! Now this is where things get tricky: Australia’s flag consists of blue, red, and white. However, their “national colors” are green and gold. In these uniforms, they seem to be combing the two together with green pants or skirts, a yellow/gold polo, and a red jacket. Overall, these uniforms are uninteresting and color choices are not working. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Team Australia in 2008 looks like they are wearing tie dye 90s parachute jackets. When the team is all together, they look like the ocean. Now in this case, Australia is representing the colors on their flag. If they aren’t consistent, it can get confusing! Stick to the “Aussie” colors of green and gold – especially at the Olympic Games.

Many countries sported some amazing Olympic uniforms in 2012, but Australia didn’t bring anything extra special. They look clean and casual, but they didn’t have that “wow” factor like some of the countries. Now they are back to the green (no gold), and I am still trying to figure out which colors they actually are!

When is Australia finally going to get it right? Let’s hope for something great in 2014 or 2016!

Russia has participated in the Olympic Games on many occasions, but they have competed as several different nations such as the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. Russia will also be hosting the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Russia’s 2008 Olympic uniforms were designed by Direct Design and produced by Bosco Sport. These retro-style uniforms are meant to evoke the legend of the Russian Fire Bird and the Khrushchev. I think that it is very interesting and powerful that they represent their culture (and their nation’s colors) well at the Olympics.

In 2012, I wanted to show two different sets of uniforms. 2012 a is their opening ceremony uniforms and 2012 b are the athletes competitive uniforms. Their opening uniforms are dark blue jackets for the men, and deep red for women. They are wearing simple hats and plain khakis. These uniforms are very simple, and although they are wearing the nation’s colors well, there is nothing purposeful and unique to Russia in these uniforms like the ones from 2008.

The last picture from the 2012 uniforms is also designed by Bosco Sport. However, unlike the opening ceremony uniforms, these ones are the complete oppostite. There is nothing simple about them and they are almost too wild too look at. Russia should try to find a balance between too simple and too over the top!