German Olympians will wear rainbow-colored uniforms in Sochi
USA Today, 2.10.2013.
Russia’s anti-gay law has sparked much protest ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and many athletes have publicly spoken out to support the LGBT community. During a runway show in Düsseldorf Tuesday, German Olympians revealed vibrant new uniforms that are being called a “silent protest.”
The uniforms, which German Olympic skier Daniel Bohnacker described as “trendy,” consist of a blue, white, yellow and green jacket — paired with white pants for male athletes, and bright red and orange pants for female athletes. The teams’ hats have a stripe reminiscent of the German flag set in bright blue and red color schemes.
The uniform’s designer, Willy Bogner, says that the inspiration for the look was not political, but simply a nod to “the great atmosphere” of the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. The German Olympic Sports Confederation also stated that the uniforms are “not a protest,” but that isn’t how the design is being interpreted since the unveiling.