All in all, the Americans presented themselves with a modicum of style this Olympics. A few highlights and low lights from Stylechica.
Pity about those shark suits. They’ve taken all the fun out of watching Olympic swimming. In fact, Stylechica predicts that as the years progress, we will see a marked slump in T.V. ratings for the sport. Phelps did grant photographers one photogenic moment when he peeled off his suit for the second half of the Freestyle 100 relay. Thank you Phelps.
Natasia Liukin’s lovely pink leotard for the individual all-around competition was a breath of fresh air. Why shouldn’t she break away from the standard American pallet of red, white, and blue? It made her look more balletic and graceful than when attired in a shiny blue leotard. It was also a bit of an homage to her mother, the rhythmic gymnast.
There is something about the spaghetti swirl of stars and stripes on the leotards worn by the American gymnasts that makes them look like miniature WWF wrestlers. In Stylechica’s opinion, leotards should de-emphasize bulk and emphasize length and extension. Stylechica likes the scoop back of their leotards this year. It minimizes their little linebacker-like necks.
Is it art deco? It’s not pretty, whatever it is.
Stylechica loves Kerry Walsh. She thinks that Walsh is one of the nicest girls on the planet, as well has having a killer serve. She also reminds Stylechica of a giraffe: the loping gait, long limbs, sweet expression. But seriously people, the teeny-weeny bikinis have to go. Perhaps swimming will be supplanted with volleyball. Do we really think Kobe Bryant attended the gold medal match to see May-Treanor and Walsh’s blocking ability? And where is the gender equality? The men wear loose fitting shirts and shorts.