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Classic Canadiana: Olympic and Paralympic uniforms for Rio stick with tradition

Olympic team members fencerJoseph Polossifakis, left to right, wrestler Korey Jarvis, swimmer Aurelie Rivard, cyclist Hugo Barrette and paddler Ben Russell model some of the Canadian Olympic team clothing for media on Tuesday April 12, 2016.
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April 14, 2016 - 6:00 AM

TORONTO - Canada's Summer Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be in classic form as they suit up for Rio, sporting traditional styles steeped in the country's colours and showcasing iconic national symbols.

The latest designs from official outfitter Hudson's Bay Co. were unveiled live Tuesday night in a dedicated stream on Team Canada's Facebook page.

In a move that's being billed as a first, viewers were able to get a glimpse at the uniforms Canada's athletes will wear at the opening and closing ceremonies months before the Games actually get underway.

Canadian twin brothers Dean and Dan Caten who helm the label Dsquared2 were enlisted to design the opening ceremony outfit. The ensemble is a formal take on athleticwear, incorporating a red, white and black palette.

The opening ceremony look includes a red jacket fashioned from the blend of a windbreaker and tailored blazer, featuring flap pockets, rubberized buttons and a zip pocket on the chest. The back of the jacket has tails with an elastic drawstring and a 3D print of the word "Canada" and the Maple Leaf.

A white jersey T-shirt with tailored sleeves and tails, and a tapered woollen track pant complete the ensemble, which will be accessorized with a classic Dsquared2 trucker hat.

The opening ceremony outfit will also be accompanied by a limited-edition line of T-shirts. The capsule collection includes illustrations of iconic Canadian creatures, including a bear, squirrel and beaver teamed with the Maple Leaf.

Canadian medallists will be sporting a classic track jacket on the podium with the a bold "Canada" wordmark in a colour-blocked band across the chest.

The Canadian kit also features a full complement of sporty hoodies and T-shirts.

"It's got a very strong and modern and iconic feel, but also has stayed very, very Canadian — and that's my favourite part about it," said canoeist Ben Russell.

The apparel and accessories line is priced from $15 to $150. Select items will be available to shop online this week, while the official replica wear will be available at all Hudson's Bay stores beginning May 4.

The Rio Olympics will take place Aug. 5-21. The Paralympics will be held Sept. 7-18.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2016
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