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Canadian Olympic uniforms: A look back at the hits and misses

As we await the unveiling of the new Canadian Olympic uniforms for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, here's a look back at the uniforms of Canadian Olympic past. Some are lookers – some, well, should be relegated to the back of the COC closet

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Olympic hopefuls show off their new uniforms following a fashion show in Toronto in 1996 to unveil the clothing. The athletes are (Front Left to Right) Cari Read, Janice Bremner, Jeff Adams, Lisa Alexander, Erin Woodley, (Back Left to Right) Christine Larsen, Kasia Kulesza, Valerie Hould-Marchand, Tanya Tygesen, Rob Myatt, Karen Fonteyne, Karen Clark, Sylvie Frechette.

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Prince Charles laughs as he wears a hat from the Canadian Olympic Team Uniform at an environmental heritage event in Vancouverin 1998.

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Prince William jokes with his father Prince Charles after being presented with a jacket and hat from the Canadian Olympic Team Uniform at an environmental heritage event in Vancouver in 1998.

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Canadian Olympic athletes during the press conference for the official uniform made by Roots for Olympic game of Sydney 2000.

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Canadian Olympic athletes during the press conference for the official uniform made by Roots for Olympic game of Sydney 2000.

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Nicolas Gill, Canadian Olympic judo athlete, during the press conference for the official uniform made by Roots for Olympic game of Sydney 2000.

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Diver Anne Montminy plays the model as she shows off part of the Canadian team apparel Tuesday August 15, 2000, in Montreal. Kayaker Caroline Brunet will be the Canadian flag bearing at the opening ceremonies at the Sydney Olympics.

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Nike Canada has unveiled the new uniforms for Canada's national rowing teams, as seen above on former world champion and Olympic gold medallist Derek Porter.

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Canadian Basketball athletes Cal Bouchard (left) and Steve Nash (right) sporting the new Nike Canadian men's and women's uniforms unveiled today as they head for the Olympics this fall.

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Coach Dominick Gauthier, acrobatic skier David Belhumeur, skater Annie Bellemare acrobatic skier Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau and speed skater Nathalie Lambert, left to right, sport the official Canada Olympic team uniform during a presentation Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001 in Montreal.

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Four-time Canadian Olympic skier Brian Stemmle shows school children a replica of an Olympic torch during the launch of Canada's Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games team uniforms in Toronto, November 14, 2001.

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Ice dancers Marie-France Dubreuil and her partner Patrice Lauzon demonstrate one of their moves as they sport the official Canada Olympic team uniform during a presentation Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001 in Montreal.

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Former Olympic figure skater Josee Chouinard shows off clothing that will be part of Canada's Salt Lake City Olympic Team uniform at a ceremony in Toronto on Wednesday Nov.14, 2001.

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Jeremy Wotherspoon and Catriona LeMay Doan show off the new uniforms for the Canadian Speed Skaters for the Salt Lake games in Feb, 2002.

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Canadian Olympic team triathlete Isabelle Turcotte-Baird and archer Rob Rusnov model the new Canadian team summer Olympic uniform in Toronto, May 18, 2004. The new uniforms for the Athens summer games were unveiled by the Roots Company, which also makes uniforms the United States, Great Britain and Barbados teams.

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Adam VanKoeverden, Shayna Nackoney and Isabelle Turcotte Baird at a press conference to unveil the Canadian Olympic Team uniforms at a Roots retail outlet on Bloor St. in Toronto. May 18, 2004

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A group of schoolchildren watch as World Champion 100m hurdler Perdita Felcien of Canada tries out her new track uniform at Centennial Stadium in Victoria, British Columbia July 8, 2004.

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The Canadian National Rowing Team and Nike unveiled the team's uniforms for the Summer Games, Wednesday, June 23, 2004. Select Canadian Rowers will have the exclusive option to wear the hooded suit. Shown are the Men's Fours (from left), Cam Baerg, Tom Herschmiller, Jake Wetzel and Barney Williams.

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Team Gushue's Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols, Russ Howard and Jamie Korab, left to right, display their gold medals and their new Olympic uniforms after defeating Team Stoughton from Winnipeg at the Canadian curling trials in Halifax on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005. Team Gushue will represent Canada at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin.

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Simon Gagne, of the Philadelphia Flyer, is wheeled to the ice surface at the unvieling of Canada's Olympic Men's Hockey Team new uniform at Canada's Olympic men's Hockey Team orientation camp in Kelowna, B.C., Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005.

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California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wears a Team Canada Special Olympics World Games uniform jacket during an unveiling ceremony while on a trade mission stop in Toronto May 29, 2007.

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Hudson Bay Company clothing that Canadian athletes will wear at the Beijing 2008 Olympics is worn by models in Toronto, April 30, 2008. The collection is eco-friendly and was designed with input from Canadian athletes.

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Models and Olympic athletes model the clothing which will be worn by Canada's Olympic athletes in the athletes village at the Beijing games in Toronto, Wednesday, April 30, 2008. The design team at Hudson's Bay Company who crafted Canada's Olympic apparel say they've stepped up the style quotient for the Summer Games in Beijing with their first-ever collection comprising earth-friendly materials like bamboo, organic cotton and cacona, which is derived from coconut.

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Models and Olympic athletes model Canadian Olympic replica wear, which will be worn by Canada's Olympic athletes in the athletes village at the Beijing game, during a presentation in Toronto, Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

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Olympic rower Krista Gulien models Canadian Olympic replica wear, which will be worn by Canada's Olympic athletes in the athletes village at the Beijing game, during a fashion in Toronto, Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

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Natalie Lambert, Steve Yzerman, Jessica Gregg and Mike Janyk unvail the new Team Canada uniforms at the a Hudson Bay store in Vancouver October 1, 2009.

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A model shows off a pair Team Canada mittens while modeling the new Team Canada apparel for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Thursday October 1, 2009.

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A shopper passes a Canada sweater and an advertisement for Team USA during the launch of the Polo Ralph Lauren US Olympic team uniforms at a Bay store in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday December 8, 2009.

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In front wearing new track outfits (CANADA is on front of suits in red lettering) are Justyn Warner (100 and 4x100m) Phylicia George (100m hurdles) and Sarah Wells (400m hurdles) as Nike and Athletics Canada unveiled the track and field uniforms that Canadian Olympians will be wearing at the London 2012 Games this summer.

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The Sochi Winter Olympic hockey jerseys for Team Canada are unveiled in Toronto on Oct. 8, 2013.

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Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada President and CEO, Marcel Aubut, President Canadian Olympic Committee, and Francois Robert, Executive Director, Partnerships at Canadian Paralympic Committee with the new jerseys during a press conference to unveil the Sochi Winter Olympic hockey jerseys for Team Canada in Toronto on Oct. 8, 2013.

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