The 12 Most Winning Olympics Opening Ceremony Uniforms, Ever

Just wait till you see Mongolia's costume!

The global fashion parade that is the Olympics Opening Ceremony should be recognized as the sport that it truly is. Until that happens (there's still time this year, Olympic officials!), we'll be here to dole out gold medals to the standouts, starting with these would-be winners from past Games:

1992

Morocco's team donned earthtones and regal capes for the Winter Games in Albertville, France, where the country competed in just two categories: alpine and cross country skiing.

But the men of the Russian team totally stole the show that year, looking like models in their dapper hats and blueberry-hued winter coats.

1996

Mongolia beat the heat at Atlanta's Summer Games with this minimal outfit, which showed how fashionable the nation's flag colors can be.

2000

The Japanese team turned the Sydney Summer Olympics into a colorful rave. Where's Björk when you need her?

2004

Four years later, in Athens, Japan team turned up the kawaii (that's "cute") with pastel flowers and fans.

2008

The Netherlands brought an adorable pop of color to Beijing with these grey suits and orange ties. And look at those smart shoes!

2012

Traditional outfits are always the best, which Cameroon, Samoa and Mexico showcased equally beautifully in London.

The New York Times reported that Bob Marley's daughter Cedella collaborated with Puma for Jamaica's super fresh uniforms.

Here's the fun uniform that this year's host country Brazil wore in London, a cute riff off of the national flag. We'll be tuning in on Friday to see what all the athletes wear this time, since fashion-stalking is our sport of choice.

2016

A photo posted by Andy Cohen (@bravoandy) on

Andy Cohen gave us a sneak peek at team U.S.A.'s opening-night uniform last night, posing in an illuminated flag-bearer jacket from the all-American designer to beat: Ralph Lauren.

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