We know that not everyone is watching the Olympics for the remarkable feats of athleticism. So while we wait for more events to get underway, here’s the OAG staff’s favorite–and least favorite–outfits from the Opening Ceremonies.

Let us know who you think wore it best!

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You’ll have to keep watching the games to see Mexican flag bearer, Hubertus von Hohelohe, in his mariachi competition suit. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Bill: How can you not root for a 55-year old slalom skier wearing a skin-tight mariachi suit? Once again, Hubertus von Hohelohe, born in Mexico while his German parents were there on a business trip, will be the only Mexican athlete at the Winter Games.

The UN, Kazakhstan, somone else? Gary isn't quite sure. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Gary wonders what influenced Kazakhstan’s uniforms. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Gary: Why is this Liberace impersonator in Sochi’s main stadium waving a UN flag? Is Putin upset about this? And is this the Kazakh government’s  desperate attempt to counter the negative publicity inflicted upon it many years ago by Sacha Baron Cohen?  I’d say it’s working.

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Who knew that Santa would pass on such athletic prowess to his grandchildren. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)


Who wouldn’t want to wrap themselves in all that soft, white goodness against a cold, Russian winter? Come to think of it, I wouldn’t mind rocking one of those coats on the frozen streets of Boston. It’s no mistake, the Russian women are actually supposed to remind you of Santa’s granddaughter. I’m just really hoping all that pretty fur isn’t real.


If the Caymen's aren't careful, their delegation might succumb to frostbite. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

If the Cayman’s athletes aren’t careful, their delegation might succumb to frostbite. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Doug: The Cayman Islands Olympic team set out to intimidate the competition by wearing shorts and flip-flops. Russia, Canada, and other nations that have a little more experience with winter were heard whispering: “They should be afraid of the cold. Why aren’t they afraid of the cold?! Now, nothing can stop them.” The Caymans’ beachwear look narrowly beat out their other national attire: (offshore) bankers’ three-piece suits.

Is this the U.S.'s Shaun White or OAG's Martin Kessler? (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Is this the U.S.’s Shaun White or OAG’s Martin Kessler? (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Martin: Forget the slope, Shaun White deserves a gold for straight style. Unlike outfits worn by other countries, this one can be used more than once: it’s good every Christmas for ugly sweater parties.

Luger Bruno Banani leads Tongan delegation who appear to be hoping for the tropics. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Luger Bruno Banani leads the Tongan delegation who appear to be dreaming of the tropics. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Zoë: Palm trees at the Winter Olympics. Doesn’t that seem like a stretch? Actually, Sochi is a summer resort, and there actually are palm trees! What was the IOC thinking? The Olympics are expensive enough without Russia having to buy snow!