The Olympics have been around for 100’s of years but the birth of modern Olympics was in 1898. While many athetes wore sunglasses it appears that the major participant in Olympic Eyewear and Sunwear was RayBan, then Vuarnet. You can still find their Olympic Eyewear on ebay and vintage eyewear sites. Probably the best source of vintage olympic shades is Luxury Vintage Sunglasses and Vintage Sunglass Shop.
Our first sunglass spotting was a Winter Olympics 1928 pair of RayBans. Held in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
In 1932 The Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles, California.
The 1960 Winter Olympics were held in Squaw Valley, California. An old Vuarnet Ad was one of the first we could find with an Jean Vuarnet wearing sunglasses. (Oakley was not around then!)
Mexico City (pre major pollution days) held the Summer Olympics in 1959. These RayBans reflected a cultural Mexico Look with the Olympic Rings. Available on www.luxuryvintagesunglasses.com
The look changed in 1976. The Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck and the Summer in Montreal Canada. There are several color versions of this sunglasses.
1984 Winter Olympics were in Sarajevo Yugoslavia. ( there is no more Yugoslavia) Vuarnet makes their appearance again Note the Olympics Rings on the temple. The Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles, California. Vuarnet was a sponsor of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
RayBan changed their look again to the every popular wrap look in 1992.The Winter Olympics were held in Albertville, France and the Summer in Barcelona, Spain.
We also see Baruffaldi Sunglasses. Baruffaldi is one of the oldest ski brands in the world starting in 1932. We don’t know what year.Winkiwear (Image credit) You can see the Olympic rings on the temple.
1994 the Winter Olympics were held in Lillehammer, Norway.
1996 Saw the Summer Olympics back in the USA. Atlanta. Georgia. Anyone remember the bombing?
2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.
Oakley sponsored members of the US Olympic Team in 2012.
As sponsorships have grown so have endorsements from Eyewear and Sunglass companies. I am sure we will see more athletes wearing sunglasses such as Nike, Adidas .