Canadian Olympic Team unveils new uniforms for Rio 2016

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Image: Mark Blinch, Canadian Olympic Committee

Hudson’s Bay unveiled the clothes that Canada’s athletes will be wearing at the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Toronto today.

More than 315 athletes will compete for the Canadian Olympic Team and approximately 170 athletes competing for the Canadian Paralympic Team.

The 2016 “Team Canada Collection” (as they call it) includes colour-blocked tees, word marked hoodies, nylon track jackets, and accessories including hats, scarves and more.

This is what Canadian athletes will wear during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Podium Presentations, and in the athlete village.

Overall, I think it’s a solid look, although there some pieces that remind me of a conductor’s jacket.

But hey, I’m the sports guy, not the fashion guy. I’ll let them Hudson’s Bay explain what they were thinking:

As the Official Outfitter of Team Canada, Hudson’s Bay provides each Olympic and Paralympic Team member with leisurewear, jackets, pants and accessories as part of their Rio 2016 uniform. The full clothing kit includes Closing Ceremony and Podium looks, as well as village wear, all designed exclusively by Hudson’s Bay Company’s in-house team of designers. The collection captures the strength of Canada, unifying performance, patriotism and style to create a look that is iconic, modern, and most of all, passionately Canadian. Inspired by our Canadian flag, the maple leaf was used in outline and solid form, combined with the Canada wordmark. A new and refreshed take on the Canadian Olympic uniform, the collection is bold and embraces the tradition and honour of our country.

Additionally, Hudson’s Bay Company enlisted world-renowned Canadian fashion designers Dean and Dan Caten, Dsquared2, to design Team Canada’s Opening Ceremony uniform. The look which includes a jacket, shirt and pants is a formal take on an athletic look and uses a red, white and black colour palette.

Still no mention of the word “conductor”, but there you go.

“The Canadian Olympic Committee is excited to work with Hudson’s Bay again for the Canadian Olympic Team’s Rio 2016 kit,” says Tricia Smith, President, Canadian Olympic Committee in a media release. “The kit is unique, quintessentially Canadian and will be proudly worn by our athletes when they represent our great country on the world stage in Rio.”

Image: Mark Blinch, Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: Mark Blinch, Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: Mark Blinch, Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: Mark Blinch, Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: Mark Blinch, Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: Mark Blinch, Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: Mark Blinch, Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: Mark Blinch, Canadian Olympic Committee

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Image: Hudson’s Bay

Image: Hudson's Bay

Image: Hudson’s Bay

Image: Hudson's Bay

Image: Hudson’s Bay

Image: Hudson's Bay

Image: Hudson’s Bay

Image: Hudson's Bay

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Image: Hudson’s Bay

Image: Hudson's Bay

Image: Hudson’s Bay

Image: Hudson's Bay

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Image: Hudson's Bay

Image: Hudson’s Bay

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Image: Hudson’s Bay

Image: Mark Blinch, Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: Mark Blinch, Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: Mark Blinch, Canadian Olympic Committee

Image: Mark Blinch, Canadian Olympic Committee

The Olympic Games begin in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.

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