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Olympic Games: A Wrap-Up

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012

I have already admitted that I was 100% addicted to the Olympics. I have never watched so much television in my life. I loved every sport, every minute of the coverage and all of the personal stories of the athletes and the athlete’s parents. (Nice touch NBC!) 

I would be remiss if I did not notice the fashion or trends in these games. How could you miss them? There were just so many. Here are a few of my favorite trends and categories. 


All Japanese Athletes

I contend that Japan brought a team of hair stylists and aestheticians with them to the Olympics. I have never seen such coifs in my life. Coifs that could withstand Olympic-level running, jumping and twirling. Snaps on the effort, but some of them seemed a little bit much.

Japanese Soccer Team: A Brigade of Headbands and Highlights. Image courtesy of


You may mock his hair, but look who’s holding the gold medal with Bieber bangs. Image courtesy of


This is Saori Yoshida, a wrestler. And, a woman.  Image courtesy of


Bucking the superfluous barrette trend in gymnastics, Japanese gymnast Rie Tanaka sports fashionable full bangs. Image courtesy of



Love both of these braids with patriotic colors woven into them. 

Venus Williams brings the braids. Image courtesy of


Basketball player Isabelle Yacoubou of France is red, white and blue, as well. Image courtesy of International Business Times.


Decorative Head Shaving

Israeli Shahar Zubari, with a flag shaved on the side of his head. Image courtesy of International Business Times.


Look closely at Swedish soccer player Nilla Fischer. That’s a little ponytail on the top of her head. Image courtesy of


Well, that explains the ponytail. She has a completely shaved head, except for that little sprout. Image courtesy of



This post started with the question, why so many barrettes? Why the half-ponytail? Why the hair glitter? And, again, why so many barrettes? So, gymnasts have a category all to themselves here.

Why so many barrettes? Wouldn’t a headband be easier? Refer to Japanese soccer team picture for headband procedure.

Chinese gymnast has 8 barrettes and a bun. Seriously. Image courtesy of


Why half-ponytails?  Whatever happened to a nice bun? Or a nice ponytail, left long. Must be a good luck charm.

US Team and the half-ponytail team. Image courtesy


 Last but not least, why all the glitter? Hair, face, body and eyes have all been doused in fairy dust. Can you imagine what their pillowcases must look like at night? My daughters LOVED this look and I’m hiding all the glitter in the house now.


Aliya Bosco, Russian gymnast, brings the glitter on. Everywhere. Image courtesy of



I love a good manicure. And I really love a good, PATRIOTIC manicure. Either these teams brought their own nail artists, or somebody smuggled an airbrush pen, UV lights and gallons of OPI on their flights over to London. I smell a professional job on all these, though.

Archer Naomi Folkard sports Union Jack nails. Image courtesy


Missy Franklin with her patriotic nails. Could she be any cuter? Image courtesy of


An Olympic manicure. Image courtesy of Sports Yahoo.


Guess the country? It’s Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte. Image courtesy of



All this tape makes me wonder… Are these athletes really using it for therapeutic reasons, or is it just cool body art?


Union Jack tape. Image courtesy of Yves Herman/Reuters.


Kerri Walsh and her ever-present kinseo tape. Image courtesy of CBS News.


German volleyball players are very artistic. Image courtesy of UK Daily Mail.



Did you get the feeling that so many of the female athletes knew they were going to have close-ups on TV? More than just TV, HDTV, which shows every nook and cranny. These ladies were ready to go, with full foundation, eye makeup, all of it. They looked like they could go anchor the NBC Nightly News after their competition, some of them were so perfectly made up. Well played ladies, well played.

Sanya Richards-Ross sets the bar high. Perfect hair, worn down with a braid and curls. Perfect makeup. Chanel earrings. She is ready for the platform. Image courtesy of


Georgeanne Moline has the smoky eye and defined eyebrows along with perfect matte face. Image courtesy


McKayla Maroney in perfect makeup and smokey eye. Image courtesy of



Last but not least. After the first week of staring at Ryan Lochte, I heard a nasty rumor that he has a diamond grill. Well, it’s true.  True, and possibly devastating to me.

Oh my, Ryan. Oh my. Image courtesy of

So sad to see the Olympics go. Guess I’m going to have to catch up on my reading and writing, now that there is nothing to watch on television anymore.