Sochi hasn’t exactly inspired Nike to create the awe-inspiring Olympic hockey jerseys. We had the cheap-looking star field of the American sweaters. The flag-as-jersey of the Czech Republic. And of course, Jonathan Toews’ look of FAIL at the Canadian sweaters.
But give’em credit: At least they’re trying some new designs. And in the case of Slovakia’s Olympic jerseys, the ingenuity is pretty awesome: Using the country’s national anthem lyrics as the striping on the sweater.
A closer look here:
As you know, the national anthem of Slovakia is “Nad Tatrou sa blýska” which translates into “Lightning over the Tatras.” The Tatras being a mountain range and not a euphemism, regrettably.
So this is pretty cool, and much better than vinyl-sticker-looking stars and maple leaves on the shoulders.
Even cooler: The jerseys are made of exactly 17 recycled Polyethylene terephthalate bottles. Why 17? We’re not sure, but we’ll just go ahead and assume it’s a tribute to Ladislav Nagy.
Check out the full gallery of photos here.