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11 Best Uniforms From The 2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Some looks were crafted by high-profile designers like Telfar Clemens and Ralph Lauren.

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After a year of pandemic-related delays, the Summer 2021 Olympics is finally underway in Tokyo. At the opening ceremony on July 23, teams representing countries from around the globe waved their flags and showed off uniforms crafted by A-list designers.

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The United States Of America

Basketball player Sue Bird and baseball player Eddy Alvarez were the United States’ flag bearers, donning white and navy looks by Ralph Lauren. Made in the USA, the outfits feature RLCoolant technology to keep the players comfortable in the Tokyo heat.

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Liberia

Bearing the Liberian flag were Ebony Morrison and Joseph Fahnbulleh, who walked the stadium in sleek red, white, and navy uniforms made by Liberian-American designer Telfar Clemens, whose popular shopping bag was recently carried by Beyoncé.

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Tonga

Pita Taufatofua first went viral in 2016 for going shirtless and oiled-up to bear Tonga’s flag at the Rio de Janeiro Games and again at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. This year, he returned — oilier than ever — alongside Malia Paseka, a fellow Taekwondo athlete, sporting traditional Polynesian designs.

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British Virgin Islands

Swimmer Elinah Phillip and runner Kyron McMaster waved the British Virgin Islands’ flag at the opening ceremony, wearing intricately designed blue and white outfits.

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Uganda

Draped in stunning yellow, black, and red fabrics, Uganda’s Olympians resembled royalty at the opening ceremony in Tokyo, led by boxer Shadiri Bwogi and swimmer Kirabo Namutebi.

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Iran

Sports shooter Haniyeh Rostamiyan and basketball player Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami were Iran’s flag bearers at the ceremony. The team’s women dressed in long blue garments, white trousers, and headscarves, and the men wore dark blue suits.

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Eswatini

Eswatini, the South African nation formerly known as Swaziland, boasted an eight-athlete team including sprinter Sibusiso Matsenjwa and waved its flag around the stadium in colorful red and yellow outfits for the opening ceremony.

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El Salvador

Team El Salvador was led by swimmer Celina Márquez and competitive sailor Enrique Jose Arathoon Pacas. Their opening ceremony looks included white-trimmed black blazers and eye-catching floral patterned pants.

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Ghana

Triple jumper Nadia Eke held Ghana’s flag at the opening ceremony, with the team dressed in traditional white caftans, weaved with a colorful Kente cloth down the middle.

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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan’s athletes were led by sport shooter Kanykei Kubanychbekova and swimmer Denis Petrashov, some of the few flag bearers who chose not to wear masks at the opening ceremony. The team dressed in simple black-and-white looks designed by Dilbar Fashion House.

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Italy

Italian designer Georgio Armani designed his home country’s uniforms for the opening ceremony, which were reminiscent of the nation’s green, white, and red flag. Flag bearers included sports shooter Jessica Rossi and cyclist Elia Viviani.