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by on August 13, 2012

In the midst of Olympic fever, people always seem to focus on the big-wig countries of the world – basically, if you aren’t an Olympian from the United States, China, Great Britain or Russia, there’s a good chance you’re being overlooked (except you, Usain Bolt). But what about the little guys?

We are smitten by the sheer amount of talent that comes out of the major countries. Our admiration or distaste for their policies and reputations causes us to pay more attention to their stars and more closely scrutinize what they’re wearing. But not everyone can ball out on metals, and the ones who don’t tend to do so get swept under the rug, no matter how cool their uniforms may be. Not that the Olympics has closed up shop for the next four years, we’re going to take a moment to highlight the style of the underdogs.

We found some great looks put together by the more moderate medal winners to break up the slew of articles about the “made in China” American uniform scandal and Ryan Lochte’s douchey antics. Check them out in the gallery below.

New Zealand knows how to do black and white. With the recent popularity of color blocking, most countries went for bright, solid-colored attire, but the Kiwi country was a little more daring. The print is classic, the cuts are beautiful and the white hems on black jackets pull the flight-attendant vibe together perfectly.


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Contributed by Melissa Hebin