10 of the best uniforms (and some of the worst)

Over 120 years of history, the Olympic Games have been the scene of some unforgettable uniforms. Some are still remembered for their beauty and symbolism, while others provoke laughter and criticism. With that in mind, we at Yahoo Sports have compiled a list of the 10 best (and some of the worst) uniforms in Olympic history.

Cuba – Rio 2016

The Cuban uniform at the recent Olympics has attracted a lot of attention. Designed by Christian Louboutin, the uniform had a sleek, modern look that fit the streets of Havana.

Japan – Sydney 2000

The colorful raincoats worn by the Japanese stole the show at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Games (Ross Kinnaird/ALLSPORT/Getty Images)

All eyes were on the mix of colorful raincoats and black shirts from Japan during the opening show in Sydney.

New Zealand – Athens 2004

New Zealand adopted & # xf3;  A similar look to that of the All Blacks in 2004 (Stuart Franklin / Getty Images)

New Zealand adopted a look similar to that of the All Blacks in 2004 (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

At the 2004 Olympics, New Zealand wore a monochrome uniform to honor the rugby team known as the All Blacks.

Jamaica – London 2012

    The Jamaican delegation led by Usain Bolt at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

The Jamaican delegation led by Usain Bolt at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

The vibrant outfit designed by Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob Marley, completely captured the spirit of the country and will go down in history alongside the records of Usain Bolt.

Russia – Atlanta 1996

The Russian delegation at the opening ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta (AF/AFP via Getty Images)

The Russian delegation at the opening ceremony of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta (AF/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia, in its first participation in the Olympic Games after the fall of the Soviet Union, chose an all-white uniform decorated with Olympic rings.

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Japan – Tokyo 1964

The Japanese delegation at the opening of the 1964 Olympics at home (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

The Japanese delegation at the opening of the 1964 Olympics at home (STR/AFP via Getty Images)

The last time Japan hosted the games, it grabbed the spotlight at the opening show. With red jackets, white pants and dazzling timing, the athletes created a stunning visual impact for the spectators.

Malaysia – London 2012

Authentic Malaysian clothing at the opening of the 2012 Games in London (OLIVIER MORIN / AFP / Getty Images)

Authentic Malaysian clothing at the opening of the 2012 Games in London (OLIVIER MORIN / AFP / Getty Images)

With a bold mix of yellow and orange, this Southeast Asian country caught the world’s attention at the opening of the London Games.

Australia – Rio 2016

    In 2016, Australia capitulated &# xf3;  1924 Fashion Tribute (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

In 2016, Australia paid tribute to the fashion of 1924 (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

For the Rio Olympics, Australia opted to return to its uniform of 1924. Striped jackets and white pants were the clothing of choice to suit the tropical climate of South America.

United Kingdom – London 2012

As the Olympic host, Team Great Britain will choose & # xf3;  For a look that is simple but no less effective (Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)

As host to the Olympics, Team Great Britain opted for a simple but no less effective look (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

In their all-white outfit with gold detailing, all eyes were on the UK delegation during the parade in their capital.

Sweden – Athens 2004

Sweden had different costumes for men and women at the 2004 Olympics (Jonathan Ferry/Getty Images)

Sweden had different uniforms for men and women at the 2004 Olympics (Jonathan Ferry/Getty Images)

The Swedish delegation showed that the classics exist for a reason. With a plain white dress and a small shoulder bag in country colors, Sweden combined style and simplicity.

Russia – London 2012

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Russia opted for uniforms with a touch of color at the London Olympics. The color scheme and swirl pattern on the jacket is embellished with the country name print on the chest.

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Hungary – Beijing 2008

The Hungarian delegation at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (William West/AFP via Getty Images)

The Hungarian delegation at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (William West/AFP via Getty Images)

The combination of white and red didn’t work out for Hungarians in 2008. The idea was to put floral accents on white dresses, but from a distance they looked more like bloodstains than anything else.

Spain – London 2012

The Spanish basketball team wears the uniforms criticized by many of its teammates (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The Spanish basketball team wears the uniforms criticized by many of its teammates (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Several jokes were circulated at the London Games that the Spanish uniform looked rather good for the McDonald’s employees. The uniforms have come under fire from athletes, who say they are embarrassed to wear them.

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