Nike Independent Olympic Athlete (IOA) Collection

By - July 27th, 2012

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Nike is providing unique competition and ceremony uniforms for four athletes competing in the London 2012 Games as Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA), individuals whose home nations have undergone shifting borders and governments and currently do not have their own National Olympic Committees. Three of the athletes are from the Netherlands Antilles — Philipine van Aanholt (Sailing), Liemarvin Bonevacia (400m) and Reginald de Windt — while the fourth, marathon runner Guor Marial (who will be competing in the men’s marathon on August 12th), hails from the new nation of South Sudan. In addition to competition and warm-up footwear and apparel, Nike has created an Opening and Closing ceremonies ensemble for the Netherlands Antilles team, consisting of an M65 sportswear jacket and specially adapated Nike Flyknit running shoes, both featuring Olympic rings and IOA logos. The finishing piece takes the form of a knit scarf in Olympic colors, featuring quotes from young people Nike has worked with through its “Access to Sport” program. Philipine van Aanholt, Liemarvin Bonevacia and Reginald de Windt are debuting the looks at tonight’s Opening Ceremony.

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