The new uniforms that Chinese athletes will be wearing during the 2016 Rio Olympics were unveiled last Thursday. We have to say, they are a huge improvement, compared to previous design flaws.
In the past, China’s Olympics uniforms have criticized for their close resemblance to a dish of tomato and scrambled eggs. What was originally supposed to be an embodiment of the proud Chinese nation (with athletes adorned in the colors of the Chinese national flag), took an unexpected turn. Rather than instill national pride, the uniforms instead became the butt of all jokes. For instance, check out the ones that athletes will wear during the opening ceremony this year:
China, wanting to be considered a serious competitor — not just a walking stir-fry — has taken action to de-tomato-and-eggify their latest looks. The new uniforms have been hailed as a complete success.
The uniform is known as the “Champion Dragon Outfit,” since it embodies certain traits of the traditional Chinese dragon, such as speed and mobility. These dragon-like traits should prove more useful in winning Olympic medals than the traditional traits ascribed to tomato and scrambled eggs (deliciousness and loss of appetite) — giving China new hope for another successful Olympics.
Zhang Chenglong, 2012 Olympic Champion in Gymnastics voiced how satisfied she was with the change in design. “I think it is more comfortable and in terms of the design, it’s very novel and has more creativity. Especially the dragon on the sleeve, it’s very cool and it shows our Chinese element. When I am wearing this uniform, I’ll be looking forward to standing on the podium,” reports CCTV News.
The new uniform takes an innovative approach in incorporating aspects of Chinese tradition while simultaneously adapting them to be more suitable to modern times. Not only is it more visually appealing but has evolved to suit environmental pressures. The fabric of the uniform is composed of regenerated fibers, which also conveniently improves the quality of air flow.
As the summer Olympics is fast-approaching the people of China can rest assured that competitors are no longer outfitted as tomato and scrambled eggs.
Get dressed for success:
By Robin Winship
[Image via CCTV News / People’s Daily]