New Zealand Olympic team chef de mission Peter Wardell
tries on some of the official clothes for the Sochi Winter
Olympics. Photo by James Beech.
The black singlet, New Zealand's contribution to world
fashion, will be sported by the nation's athletic elite at the
2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
The quintessential garment may be worn under other layers at
the sub-zero Russian venue, but the hope is the athletes
''will pull it on and feel a sense of mana and support from
back in New Zealand'', Mons Royale founder Hamish Acland
The full line-up of black, blue, red and white clothes which
make up the New Zealand uniform were unveiled at Earnslaw
Park in Queenstown on Saturday, in front of Winter Games New
Zealand guests and public.
The one-piece merino base layer was specially designed for
warmth and comfort by Wanaka-based Mons Royale. Freeskier
Jossi Wells said he approved of the ''Olympic Monsie''.
''Base layer separates are great, but you always get gaps,
especially when you're pushing it.
''The Monsie just works better. Plus it's super-comfy to kick
The outerwear range features high-tech fabrics, closures and
fillings while the casual range includes hooded sweatshirts,
skinny jeans and puffer jackets.
Ceremonial wear will be revealed in February.
About 20 athletes are expected to represent New Zealand at
the Games on February 7 to 23.