Opening Ceremony Olympic Games, London 2012
Helema Williams of the Cook Islands Olympic sailing team carries her countires flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.
(July 26, 2012 – Source: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe)
WITH THE WORLD WATCHING…
Women’s laser radial sailing competitor, Helema Williams leads Team Cook Islands into London’s Olympic stadium at the official opening ceremony. She’s one of 8 athletes representing the nation. Three of the competitors had to wait until the last minute to find out they had gained ‘wildcard’ placings from the International Olympic Committee.
Team Cook Islands is 18 strong in total, with 10 officials accompanying the athletes. The Islands first competed in the Games in 1988, and this is the largest team the country has sent to date, albeit still one of the smallest in the world-wide sporting spectacular
Ceremonial garb tends to fall in the middle of these lists. On one hand, we’ll never criticize tradition. On the other, they’re rarely fashion forward, as Tim Gunn might say. These Cook Islands outfits are different enough to buck that trend and make the list.