Style matters at at the Olympic Games

Historic would be the right term to describe the Tokyo Summer Games. The event was postponed for a year, spectators were banned from watching on-site at the Olympic village, former Olympians and international athletes were unable to qualify, all because of the ongoing pandemic.

As the first-ever Olympics held in the middle of a health crisis, this edition is truly a special, one-of-a-kind affair. This year’s Olympians have not only put on a great show with their sportsmanship and performance but also hooked audiences and onlookers with sensational style.

Here is a glimpse at some of the striking and attention-grabbing appearances throughout the Tokyo Olympics. Sports and beauty, after all, are congruous.

Best uniform: Liberia

COOLWEAR Liberian sprinter Emmanuel Matadi in Telfar Clemens’ gender neutral sportswear (Jason Nocito for Telfar via IG)

Telfar Clemens is the official outfitter for the Liberian National Team for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. From one-shouldered tanks and track pants to unitards and duffel bags the New York-based American-Liberian designer has prepared 70 pieces of athleticwear and villagewear for the team. Just check out Liberian sprinter Emmanuel Matadi sporting the new athleisure collection. The line is recognized by international publications as the “coolest” unisex uniform.

Best [un]dressed: Pita Taufatofua

TOO HOT FOR JERSEYS Taekwondo athletes representing Tonga, Paseka and Taufatofua at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tongan superstar Pita Taufatofua stole the show at the Olympics opening with his shirtless entrance as the flagbearer of his country alongside Malia Paseka. Taufatofua, who debuted as his country’s first Taekwondo Olympian, once again delighted fans by coming to the ceremony with nothing but a straw skirt and his oleaginous torso bared. This would be the third time he appeared shirtless for the Olympics, earning him the title the “shirtless Tongan.” This year, however, he finds competition with the flagbearer of Vanuatu Rio Rii, who followed suit (rather, un-suit) with the topless antic.

This year’s Olympians have not only put on a great show with their sportsmanship and performance but also hooked audiences and onlookers with their sensational style.

Best makeup, Lu Yufei

Gymnastics heavily depends on visuals, which include routine and the showmanship of an athlete. Lu Yufei’s makeup consists of diffused eyeshadow, vibrant-red lipstick, and upper cheekbones face glitter, which highlights her simple Asian beauty.

On a side note, the 21-year-old gymnast trended on China’s Twitter after falling in the middle of her uneven bar repertoire at the women’s artistic gymnastics team final. Netizens applaud the athlete spirit of Yufei getting up despite the hard fall.

Best hair: Stephanie Mawuli

HAIR FLIP Stephanie Mawuli and her winner hairstyle at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (Getty Images)

The Olympics this year came with many hairstyles worth noting. There is the American pro-soccer player Megan Rapinoe with her pink and purple hair color signature called “Rapinkoe,” Japanese pro-tennis player Naomi Osaka’s Japan flag-inspired red and white, long dreadlocks, and Men’s RS:X world champion, Olympic gold medalist Kiran Badloe showing off an anime-inspired barnet. The fan favorite and our choice for best hair would be Japanese basketball player Stephanie Mawuli with her braided ponytail. Featured in her braided locks are the colors of the Olympic rings that gradually fade into a cool silver.

Best in last hurrah: Miltiádis Tentóglou

Style goes beyond clothes and physical appearances, but also how one carries oneself. Some of the most memorable headturners are often the best performers or performances. Greece’s Miltiádis Tentóglou won the men’s long jump in the most dramatic fashion on Aug. 2, leaping 8.41 meters in his last attempt to snatch the gold medal from Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarria.

Best muscle flex: Hidilyn Diaz

LIFT FOR GOLD Hidilyn Diaz in action at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (Edgard Garrido for Reuters)

Hidilyn Diaz literally raises the bar, breaking the 97-year gold-medal drought of the Philippines in the Olympics. She makes history achieving the first-ever gold of the country as she ruled the women’s 55kg class, defeating the Chinese favorite and world record holder, Liao Qiuyun. The 30-year-old Filipina weightlifter cleared 97kg in the snatch and made an Olympic record of 127kg in the clean and jerk for a total lift of 224kg.

Source: Manila Bulletin (