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Best and worst dressed Olympic nations in Sochi Opening Ceremony

Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany carries her country flag as the team arrives during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany carries her country flag as the team arrives during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

SOCHI, Russia — The nations of the 2014 Sochi Olympics were introduced on Friday night at the Opening Ceremony, which means the viewing public was introduced to a multitude of new winter couture.

Some of it looked fantastic. Some of it was worn by Shaun White. Won’t you join us for the best and worst dressed teams of the 2014 Winter Olympics?

BEST: Germany

Obviously the big winner of the night, not only for the potential social message behind their rainbow colored gear but because the gear looks like the greatest gay ski party we've never attended fabulous. But this is what the Germans do; the weather turns cold, and they make you adjust the color controls on your screen. Remember when they dressed like “IT’S A BOY!” and “IT’S A GIRL!” M&Ms during the London Games?

BEST: Japan

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Curler Ayumi Ogasawara of the Japan Olympic team carries her country's flag during …

Sometimes simplicity wins. And while part of us wants to label this “lab technician chic,” it’s a sharp, clean look, and a marked improvement over their look from London, in which it appeared they were being inducted into the candy cane hall of fame.

WORST: Chinese Taipei

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Speed skater Ching-Yang Sung of the Chinese Taipei Olympic team carries his country's …

From a distance, we assumed they had just gotten back from choir practice. These floor-length coats are neither practical nor attractive, unless of course you’re planning on doing some house painting or joining a cult for the winter.

[Related: How Sochi's Opening Ceremony stacks up to previous Olympics]

BEST: Lithuania

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Figure skater Deividas Stagniunas of the Lithuania Olympic team carries his country's …

We want to squeeze them into all of our gin and tonics.

BEST: Ukraine

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: The Ukraine Olympic team enter the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi …

Once again, the Ukrainians wore jackets that appeared to show their flag under an electron microscope, and once again they were some of the most distinctive kits during the Opening Ceremony. Distinctive in a good way. Not in, like, a wearing-shorts-to-the-Winter Games way.

Speaking of which…

WORST: Bermuda

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Cross country skier Tucker Murphy of the Bermuda Olympic team carries his country's …

The Bermudans always do this at the Winter Olympics, baring their chicken legs to the elements. They’re like a dude who shows up to a game at Lambeau Field shirtless because “that’s how I roll, dude" before his nipples literally freeze off.

Plus they resemble a British boarding school for NBC pages.

But at least they look polished. As opposed to…

[Related: Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony imagery]

WORST: Cayman Islands

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Dow Travers of the Cayman Islands Olympic team carries his country's flag during …

…the Cayman Islands, who decided to dress like you in the fall when you have to take out the trash at night. They not only decided to rock the shorts, but completed the look with flip-flops.

We wish you all the frostbite. All of it.

There’s a way for an island nation to represent at the Winter Games. Allow Tonga to show the way.

BEST: Tonga

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Tonga's flag bearer, luger Bruno Banani leads his national delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi …

It’s like Patagonia decided to winterize one of your dad’s vacation shirts. We want to set up a lawn chair and sip a margarita on their jackets.

Tonga rules. We don’t even care if their Olympians change their names to underwear manufacturers’ for sponsorship opportunities.

BEST: Norway

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Aksel Lund Svindal of the Norway Olympic team carries his country's flag during …

Sweden be Swedening. Finland looked like they were wearing hoodies. So we’ll give the Scandinavian crown to Norway for an outfit that’s OK but mostly for their spiffy silver hats that’ll probably be hipsterwear by the end of the Games. (Although maybe, you know, they should have gone with gold?)

WORST: Iran

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Iran at Sochi 2014

Look, we really don’t know all that much about Iran, but apparently they allowed Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson to design their costumes. Or they're completely colorblind. One of the two.

[Related: Sochi Opening Ceremony glitch: Only 4 of 5 rings light up]

BEST: Russia

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2014 Winter Olympics: View of Team Russia entering parade of nations during opening ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium. …

The Russians could have walked out in leather chaps and "We Heart USA" T-shirts and would still have gotten a thunderous ovation as the host nation. Instead, they got gussied up: The Russians rocked a Father Christmas look that makes us think everything in life should be fur-lined. Even leather chaps.

WORST: Ireland

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Skier Conor Lyne of the Ireland Olympic team carries his country's flag during the …

Oh, man, they finally added paintball to the Winter Olympics!?

Best: Canada

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: The Canada Olympic team enters the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics …

Considering the last time we saw them, the Canadians were wearing their tuxedos (aka denim jackets), anything was going to be a step up. But we really dig this Mountie-like uniform, if only because we now know who to go to should Olympic Park be overrun by beavers. (As if that would happen … the packs of stray dogs would obviously thwart the beaver invasion before it reached humanity.)

Bonus points for what seems like a placeholder for a championship belt. Oh, never change, Canadian Winter Games hubris...

Worst: USA

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Snowboarder Shaun White (L) enters the stadium with the United States Olympic team …

C’mon, you know it.

First off, it looked like they were wearing polka dots inside the stadium. Second, the sweaters themselves look like something your senile aunt knitted while binge listening to Toby Keith albums.

But most importantly: The turtlenecks … the high-priced preppy sweaters … the white pants.

Congratulations, America, you’re the villain in a raunchy ski comedy. Just go ahead and change your name to Blaine.

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