Opening Ceremonies & Most Popular Polo Ralph Lauren Item?


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Welcome to a special Saturday edition of the Princess blog.

It was night filled with spectacular lighting and breathtaking visuals.  We gasped when the snowboarder exploded from the Olympic rings.

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And adored the bear.

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It was also a night marked by sadness.


The Georgian delegation had eight athletes competing in the games as of Friday morning.

Leon Neal

The group was only seven strong last night, and a world away a family mourns.

The sense of loss was clearly shared.

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And marked in several ways at the Opening Ceremony.

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Perhaps the parade of nations was not as exuberant as in previous years, but the evening still held excitement and joy for many.

Some nations send large delegations, like Britain.

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And Russia…

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While others are not so big, like South Africa.

Amy Sancetta/AP South Africa

And Pakistan.

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The oldest athlete led Mexico’s delegation, 51-year-old Hubertus Von Hohenlohe.

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Bermuda’s shorts surprised…

And we loved the pants worn by the Czech Republic.

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A crowd favorite: Jamaica’s Errol Kerr.

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The American delegation was welcomed warmly by our Canadian neighbors.

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Team USA was led by Mark Grimmette.

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Mr. Grimmette is participating in his fifth Olympics, a jaw-dropping accomplishment.

The NY Times was live-blogging the event; here is a snippet from Inside the Rings, a NY Times Olympic blog:

“A huge roar from the crowd came as the United States delegation walked in, looking dapper in red jackets and white pants from Ralph Lauren. Mark Grimmette, a luge athlete, is waving the American flag as he leads the group. — Juliet Macur”

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“But this year, the march was a little more decorous, if still joyful — although a few still snapped some souvenir shots…. American officials have worked in recent years to instill in the athletes a sense of dignity of the moment. — Katie Thomas”

Snowboarder Shaun White reveled in the moment.

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As did fellow snowboarder Kelly Clarkson.

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The Polo Ralph Lauren uniforms looked good.

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Right down to the boots.

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For those interested in the Team USA opening ceremony uniforms, a reminder that most of the components are available for purchase at the Polo Ralph Lauren site, in Women’s, Men’s, Girl’s and Boy’s sizing.

Fair warning: it appears one of the most popular items may be sold out.

Polo Ralph Lauren

The Fair Isle Knit Hat is no longer on the PRL website but everything else seems to be available. If interested in purchasing what our athletes will wear in the closing ceremonies, sooner might be better than later. Below, the Shawl Collar Cardigan.

Polo Ralph Lauren

For more on the uniforms, click here to see our post detailing the designs.  The PRL site is loaded with other Olympic content, including athlete profiles.

As tradition dictates, the last team into the stadium is the Host nation.

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The Canadian team was a sea of red, greeted with an enormous ovation.  Their uniforms are created by the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Courtesy Hudson's Bay Company

Waiting to enter the arena.

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Growing up across the river from Canada afforded us the luxury of visiting regularly; multiple excursions later in life to Toronto, Montreal and other parts of the country have sown a deep respect and affection for our neighbors to the north.

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Last night only enhanced these perceptions.

Seeing #99 with the torch was splendid.

And that little mechanical crisis hiccup detracted not at all from the evening.

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From beginning to end…

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It was a night to remember.


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14 responses to “Opening Ceremonies & Most Popular Polo Ralph Lauren Item?

  1. PLD

    Thanks for sharing, I didn’t watch the opening ceremony! I love everything in the RL line!

  2. MCW

    It was amazing! I loved the whales…

  3. LPC

    I do love your journalistic forays…

  4. I enjoyed the athletes walking in…however it got WAY to weird for me after that!

  5. p.s. the website says in fine print now “the opening ceremonies hat is NOT currently being sold”

  6. Amy

    Great post! I thought the USA team looked very dapper in their uniforms. And Canada was a gracious host. I particularly loved the violin/tap-dancing part! That was fun.

  7. Gosh this post gave me cold chills again and again. This has to be ranked in your top 5 posts Miss Princess. I enjoyed reliving last night’s opening ceremonies with you. And how I hurt for the Georgian athletes. There were many tears watching those ceremonies last night. Such a tragedy. Thank you for this post. It will make anyone who missed the ceremony want to see it for sure. xoxo

  8. The ceremony was fantastic, though definitely marked with sadness. I was so pleased that the stadium gave the Georgian delegation a standing ovation. Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks were also really touching.

    Oh a lighter note, I loved the look of the US team’s uniform– minus the HUGE RL logo. Way too big.

    Thanks for the wrap up, tpp!

  9. Great wrap up of the opening ceremony. I didn’t watch it so I’m very glad that you posted this.

  10. I do like the Ralph Lauren snow hat. Very cute!!
    Happy Valentine’s, dear Preppy Princess!xoxoxo

  11. I watched the opening ceremony. Loved the illusion of whales inside the stadium and KD Lang has a heck of a voice. I too was shocked over the bermuda shorts, but laughed in good spirits over it too.

  12. This is so exciting! Winter sports are so beautiful!!!

  13. ExploreBermuda

    Glad you liked our Bermuda shorts! If you’d like to see them up close and personal check out this great airfare deal from American Airlines/ Only 99 bucks to Bermuda:

  14. The USA was looking rather dapper in Ralph Lauren…such a good move.

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