An Olympic uniform is not just material that is draped over an athlete's body. They become the face of a nation. Surging oil prices have again made Russia a burgeoning economy. The country is part historical and part modern. The 2008 Russian uniforms are a retro theme that were intended to embody the nation's rich history.
With a look back at former Soviet President Nikita Khrushchev, you can see where the designers borrowed their ideas (see below). The former missile designer turned President is the man credited by his nation with developing Russia into a super power.
The uniforms for the Russian Olympic track and field team were recently on display at a presentation ceremony of new Olympic uniform produced specially for the Russian team by Nike.
By Jay Hicks.