The Norwegian curling team was the fashion darling -- or nightmare, depending on whom you asked -- of the 2010 Winter Olympics with its extremely loud checkerboard pants. Love them or hate them, they certainly caught the world's attention as people watched curling matches for a good 30 minutes before even realizing they were watching curling.
The seasons and countries have changed, but Norway's pants have returned in a newfangled form thanks to American men's beach volleyball players Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers.
The defending gold medalists are sporting uniforms with a similar pattern as Norway's curling pants, and Rogers even has a sweet hat that matches. And by sweet hat, we mean something that only Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick would be caught wearing.
The pants and shorts are both made by the same company, Loudmouth, which is apparently trying to become the Zubaz of the new millennium. The first athlete (cough) to endorse Loudmouth products was PGA Pro/known fashion maven John Daly.
Loudmouth's CEO Larry Jackson told Time that he is "urging Rogers and Dalhausser to toss a pair of shorts at Prince Harry if he shows up to a match."
No word on whether Jackson is urging them to wait until they've got another gold secured before tossing their shorts at a member of royalty, or if the ensuing boost in sales will be enough to post bail at the Tower of London.
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