Wearing the maple leaf: Team Canada through the decades
Just as fashion evolves, so too does Olympic fashion.
So with Tokyo 2020 just under a year away, there’s not a better time to look back to see what Canadian athletes wore at past summer Olympic Games.
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Canada’s women’s athletics team poses at the Paris 1924 Olympic Games. (CP Photo/COC)
Canada’s women’s team at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. (CP Photo/COC)
Canada’s lacrosse team competes at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. (CP Photo/COC)
White suits. Cloche hats. Shorter skirts. True to the ’20s, but the maple leaf still holding its prominent place.
Canada’s Hilda Strike (left) celebrates her silver medal win in the women’s 100m race at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. (CP Photo/COC)
Canada’s John Loaring (right) participates at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he won a silver medal in the 400m hurdles event. (CP Photo/COC)
Classic athletic wear with the nation’s name emblazoned front and centre.
Canada’s Harry Jerome (right) celebrates his bronze medal win in the 100m athletics event at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. (CP Photo/COC)
The simple tracksuit never goes out of style.
Canada’s Olympic swim team participates at the 1972 Munich Olympics. (CP Photo/COC)
Canada’s Edgar Smith and Richard Symsyk participate in a rowing event at the 1972 Munich Olympics. (CP Photo/COC)
Canadian athletes make their entrance at the Opening Ceremony for the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. (CP PHOTO/COC/ RW)
Abby Hoffman carries the Canadian Flag as she leads her team into the Olympic stadium in Montreal July 17, 1976 during the opening ceremonies for the games. Hoffman, 29, from Toronto, will compete in the 800 meter run. (CP PHOTO/ file)
Robin Corsiglia on the podium at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games
Canada’s women relay team (right) celebrates their bronze medal win in the swimming event at the 1976 Olympic games in Montreal. (CP PHOTO/ COC/MB)
One look at these uniforms and you know you’re in the ’70s. The wide-legged pants. The large-collared shirts. The bucket hats. Even the cut of the t-shirts.
Alex Baumann leads Canada into the Los Angeles 1984 Opening Ceremony.
Canada’s Carolyn Waldo (left) and Michelle Cameron celebrates her gold medal win in the synchronized swimming duet event at the 1988 Olympic games in Seoul. (CP PHOTO/ COC/ Ted Grant)
Canada’s Romel Raffin (with flag) and the Canadian Olympic Team attend the flag raising ceremony at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. (CP PHOTO/COC/ T. Grant)
There’s also no mistaking these for anything but the ’80s. The sweater vests. The polo shirts.
Canada’s Olympic athletes participating in the opening ceremonies at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. (CP PHOTO/COC/Claus Andersen )
Canada’s athletes celebrate during the opening ceremony at the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona. (CP PHOTO/ COC/ Claus Andersen)
Charmaine Crooks (flag bearer) leads Canada out at Atlanta 1996.
Canada’s Charmaine Crooks carries the flag during the opening ceremony at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games. (CP PHOTO/COC/Mike RIdewood)
Two very different vibes from the ’90s. At Barcelona 1992, it was all about splash and colour. At Atlanta 1996, it was a step back in time to celebrate the centennial of the Olympic Games.
Adam van Koeverden leads Canada into the Bird’s Nest at Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony.
Canada’s Carol Huynh from Hazelton, B.C., gold medalist in the women’s freestyle 48kg wrestling, fights back tears during the national anthem during victory ceremonies at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, August 16, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Canada’s Rosannagh MacLennan, right, congratulates teammate Karen Cockburn for her silver medal in the women’s trampoline competition at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Monday, August 18, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Adam van Koeverden of Toronto leads the Canadian team into the opening ceremony of the Beijing Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Friday, August 8, 2008. (CP PHOTO)2008(HO-COC-Mike Ridewood)
Adam van Koeverden of Toronto on the podium with his silver medal in the men’s kayak single 500 metre final at the summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Saturday, August 23, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/COC – Mike Ridewood
Canadian players receive their bronze medals at London 2012.
Two-time triathlon medallist Simon Whitfield bears the flag for team Canada during the opening ceremonies to the 2012 London Olympics, on July 27, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, COC – Jason Ransom
Christine Sinclair named closing ceremonies flag bearer, London 2012
Canada’s Tonya Verbeek wears her silver medal for wrestling in the 55kg freestyle category at the 2012 London Olympics, August 9, 2012. Verbeek lost to Saori Yoshida of Japan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, COC – Jason Ransom
Canada’s Rosie MacLennan, from King City, Ont., holds up her gold medal after winning the trampoline gymnastics competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics Friday, August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Team Canada wave as they walk into the stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Canada’s Damian Warner celebrates with his national flag after winning bronze in the men’s decathlon during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Canada’s Derek Drouin celebrates after finishing first in the men’s high jump final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, August 16, 2016. (photo/Jason Ransom)
Beijing 2008 provided a chance to embrace Chinese-inspired icons, colours and font. London 2012 was just classically Canadian. Rio 2016 was distinctly Canadian