The Rundown

Sport’s most controversial outfits, kits and strips

Jonathan Garcia of the U.S. skates during the Sochi Olympics

The US speed skating team have won the right to ditch the Under Armour Olympic outfits that have been linked to their dismal showing at the Sochi Games, reverting to apparel worn during recent World Cup events.

Kit has played a part in sporting success and failure down the years, as well as being responsible for a series of fashion faux pas. The following are a few examples.

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2012 - Cardiff City

Fraizer Campbell of Cardiff City celebrates scoring the first goal with Aron Gunnarsson of Cardiff City (Getty Images)Fraizer Campbell of Cardiff City celebrates scoring the first goal with Aron Gunnarsson of Cardiff City (Getty …

The Premier League club - known as the Bluebirds - incurred the wrath of their fans when they switched kit from blue to red as part of a "major and significant" investment pledge from Cardiff's Malaysian owners.

The owners believed the change of colour would expand the club's appeal in "international markets", but alienated die-hard local supporters.

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2012 - Women's beach volleyball

Players at the London Games were allowed to cover up by wearing shorts with tops or a full body suit, rather than skimpy bikinis. The bikinis remain an option, to the delight of television executives.

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2010 - Russian ice dancers Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin

The duo had to tone down their aboriginal-themed costumes at the Olympics in Vancouver after being accused of "cultural theft" when they wore them before the Games.

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2009 - Swimming's high-tech suits

Swimming's governing body ordered stars such as Rebecca Adlington to revert to textile suits after swimmers wearing high-tech all-polyurethane costumes smash a series of world records, raising concerns about the credibility of the sport.

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2002 - Cameroon's football shirts

Cameroon won the African Cup of Nations in new sleeveless shirts that looked more like basketball vests. FIFA promptly banned the shirts.

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2000 - Australia's Cathy Freeman

The Aussie star stormed to gold in the 400 metres in Sydney, running in futuristic full bodysuit.

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1996 - Manchester United's grey shirts

Manager Alex Ferguson ordered his team to change out of their grey away shirts at half-time when 3-0 down to Southampton, saying the players struggled to see each other. The change didn't work: United still lost 3-1.

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1991 - Andre Agassi humbles himself to play Wimbledon

The American courts after self-imposed exile because he did not approve of the all-white kit rules and the grass surface. He soon got to like it, winning the tournament a year later. Sadly, the All England Club were powerless to make Agassi do anything about his peroxide mullet.