It seems like everywhere you turn, there's a TV displaying a heated match for a sport that you probably forgot existed until you are reminded again, every four years. Whether it's the modern pentathlon or the vaguely named handball, we find ourselves cheering for the home team even if we're not athletically inclined.
For those of us who really don't care about sports, we're not watching so much for the blood, sweat, and tears. We're watching for the theatrics, to hear the stories behind each athlete, and — at the risk of sounding shallow — to see what's going on in the wardrobe/hair and makeup department.
Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the incredible amount of hard work and dedication that these athletes endure to reach the pinnacle of their respective areas of expertise, but it's hard to ignore the fact that the genetic blessings extend beyond athletic ability. Have you seen Aldo Montano? The percentage of female fencing fans just went up 800 percent.
And then you put him in uniform ...
OK, enough on that gorgeous Italian. Let's talk about the awesome looks the ladies are rocking. Women's gymnastics is one of the most popular events during the Olympics, and I have a soft spot for the ladies who take some extra time on the hair and makeup so they can stand out from the crowd. Which you kind of have to do — it's like you've shown up to a party and everyone else is wearing the same leotard.
Daniele Matias Hypólito gets extra points for this awesome eyeshadow:
And this one:
Jordyn Wieber's smoky eyes are a more ready-to-wear option for those of us who aren't vying for the winner's circle:
But while these girls look fabulous, I'm nostalgic for the Olympians of yesteryear, who really knew how to turn it out.
Tatiana Gutsu, also known as "The Painted Bird," looked about 10, so she piled on the makeup. She was also not afraid to bring her mall bangs — and her scrunchie — into the ring:
But the most trendsetting Olympic lady of them all was track legend Florence Griffith-Joyner, known to all as Flo Jo. Those outfits. Those nails. Brilliant.