When every nation walks into the Opening Ceremonies later this month they will do so with a sense of pride and elation that comes with knowing the entire world is applauding their years of athletic commitment. That is, of course, with the notable exception of Spain, who will be cruising through the athlete’s village in ensembles that Evil Knievel would call a bit over the top.
But why would the Spanish government pay someone to design something that looks like it comes with a free pair of roller skates? you might (and probably should) ask. Great question! Turns out they didn’t.
According to CBS Sports, “the Spanish Olympic Committee wanted to save a few bucks, and [a Russian clothing company called Bosco] offered to design and provide their Olympic gear for free.”
Apparently you can put a price on pride, and when the Spanish government looked at the tag “anything above zero” was a tad too much.