History of Sunwear In The Olympics

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1960 Vintage Vuarnet Ad for Olympics

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.

1920 Vintage Olympic RayBan
1928 Vintage Olympic RayBan
In St. Moritz- Winter Olympics
1928-In St. Moritz- Winter Olympics

In 1932 The Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles, California.

1932 RayBan Olympic Eyewear in Los Angeles
1932 RayBan Olympic Eyewear in Los Angeles. Antonia Eyewear on Etsy

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!)

1960 Vintage Vuarnet Ad for Olympics
1960 Vintage Vuarnet Ad for Olympics

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 

1968 Mexico
1968 Mexico

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.

1976
1976

1976-Olympic

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.

Vuarnet 24k gold plated Skilynx sunglasses were produced for the 1984 Olympics and feature the amazing Vuarnet PX Pouilloux Skilynx lenses. It's sort of a modern update on an aviator design but with flat silver lower nose bridge and traditional gold nose bridge above, and the front of the silver bridge is impressed with the star symbol and the Olympic rings of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, CA of which Vuarnet was a sponsor.
Vuarnet 24k gold plated Skilynx sunglasses were produced for the 1984 Olympics and feature Vuarnet PX Pouilloux Skilynx lenses. The front of the silver bridge is impressed with the star symbol and the Olympic rings of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, CA.
1984 Vuarnet Olympic Glacier Sunglasses
1984 Vuarnet Olympic Glacier Sunglasses

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.

1992 RayBan
1992 RayBan
1992 Matt Biondi
1992 Matt Biondi Ray Ban Ad
1992 Barcelona,Spain
1992 Barcelona,Spain
1992 Albertville, France, RayBan Olympic Sunglasses
1992 Albertville, France, RayBan Olympic Sunglasses
1992 Albertville, France, Winter Olympics
1992 Albertville, France, Winter Olympics

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.

Baruffaldi is one of the oldest ski brands in the world starting in 1932. We don't know what year. Image

1994 the Winter Olympics were held in Lillehammer, Norway.

1994- Lillehammer Winter Olympics RayBan
1994- Lillehammer Winter Olympics RayBan

1996 Saw the Summer Olympics back in the USA. Atlanta. Georgia. Anyone remember the bombing?

1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta Image: mjrayban.com
1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta Image: mjrayban.com

2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.

2012 Rayban- Lon
2012 Rayban 

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 .

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