I Watch it for The Costumes

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Here in the UK, there is a "reality" TV show airing right now called The Jump.  The show, meant to get us all geared-up for the winter Olympics, takes a gaggle of British celebrities (don't worry, I didn't know who most of them were either and I live in the UK), and trains them up over a period of three months to participate in every Olympic winter sport, from the skeleton (which looks awesome) to the giant slalom and beyond. They then compete with each other at these sports, and the lowest-scoring two competitors at the end of a particular event have to compete for the chance to remain in the competition by going off of the ski jump.

No, I'm not kidding. The show is filmed in Innsbrick, Austria, at the facility where the 2012 winter games were held. These guys are doing the real deal. Granted, they get to choose from three different small training ski jumps meant for beginners, but staring down the steep slope of even the smallest jump, a girl can practically smell the fear from her perch at home on the couch. 

The show has stirred up a lot of mixed reviews and discussions of safety here in the UK, mostly getting panned by the critics, but my husband and I love it.  I love it not only for the inside look and new appreciation it gives me for some pretty fascinating Olympic sports, but perhaps most importantly, there are the costumes. I find them absolutely hysterical. 

The display above is a more benign display of the costuming for the show. My favourite by far are the costumes they wear when they have to go off of the jump. They are each tailor made for the individual, and their "claim to fame" if you like, is reflected in the design. Check it out. 

This is Sir Steve Redgrave, the British five-time Olympic gold medalist rower. Wearing a very dignified (snort) tromp l'oeil version of his five medals.

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Then we have Darren Gough, who is a retired cricket player, in a classic cricket sweater vest, complete with crest. 

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This guy is called Ritchie Neville, who apparently sings with a boy band called 5ive. This is I believe what the good folks over at Project Runway would call a literal translation.

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This is Sinitta, a singer, entertainer, and friend to Simon Cowell...whatever that means. She is in leopard print.
Because, of course. 

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What would be on your ski jump costume? 

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  1. I haven't seen the show, but I applaud their courage for taking the ski jump! I get queasy just thinking about it. Love the faux-medals ; o

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  2. All the text from my blog, right?

    :)

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  3. I was excited for the color-block jumpsuits and then... well the horror of the ski jump outfits ensued... Oh sigh.

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  4. Hmm... never seen it but at least it sounds a bit more entertaining that I thought. I assumed they were *just* being taught to do ski jumps, like 'Splash' was just people learning to dive (I think - never seen that one either. I don't really watch much of that type of TV. I like nature shows, dramas and documentaries).

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  5. What would I be on my ski jump costume? I like the sweater vest look on that last person.

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