so just how bad are the spanish national team olympic uniforms? you decide... @corksredfm
Taken from theage.com.au: Few Australian athletes liked the green, white and grey Olympic opening ceremony uniforms in Athens eight years ago.
But no one dared voice that opinion in public.
The Spaniards in London are a smidge ballsier.
Either that, or their 2012 uniforms are on such a level of sartorial awkwardness that the athletes were compelled to voice their displeasure.
Because, while the Jamaicans are being lauded for their laid-back urban threads - designed, no less, by Bob Marley's granddaughter - and the French will at least look dignified, if a little staid, in cropped midnight-blue jackets and white trousers, the Spanish have been roundly condemned for putting their athletes in red and yellow concoctions of flame motifs and filigree-patterned polos.
And the condemnation has come from within, as a number of athletes hinted heavily at their displeasure on social media.
"At home trying on my Olympics outfit. It is best if I don't voice an opinion, I will leave it up to you ..." Beijing sprint canoe gold medallist Saúl Craviotto said on Twitter a week ago.
It was the accompanying picture Craviotto uploaded that told the full story. The 27-year-old resembled a miserable mid-90s fast-food restaurant employee in a polo shirt and Espana cap, clutching a red and yellow backpack in his hands.
Hockey player Alex Fàbregas, a silver medallist in Beijing, was rendered speechless on the issue of the Russian-designed Spanish kit. "Olympic equipment, there are no adjectives ..," he said.
But it was former world No.1 tennis player Carlos Moya who put the bluntest point on it, saying in a Tweet republished more than 200 times: "Looking forward to seeing [tennis player] Feliciano Lopez wearing the official Olympic uniform. He'll never have worn anything so ugly in his life."
"The outfits are what we have, we cannot change them now, and were decided upon more than a year-and-a-half ago," Blanco told Spanish media last week.
"When you measure the difference between paying one and a half million euros of public money and free clothes, there is no discussion."