Olympics 2012 Tees

olympicReaders of the blog know that I am (a) a huge geek and (b) a sucker for any non-baseball/football/basketball/hockey/golf sporting events. So, the Summer Olympics is my dream. I love it. Like, for reals, love it. I first became obsessed with the Olympics back in 1988 when my friend Margaret and I would cut out every article in our local paper (The Register Guard) that dealt with our favorite stars. We were both thoroughly obsessed with Carl Lewis and Greg Louganis. Even after the Olympics were over, we could not get over it and watched on REPEAT the Highlights of the Summer Olympics 1988 on VHS over and over and over again. The biggest events that year were Ben Johnson losing the gold medal due to steroid use and Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board. These memories are crystal clear in my mind and I can still hear the announcer reacting to these huge, life changing events.

88 highlights

I so wish that I had a picture of me and Margaret watching the VHS highlights. It would be so awesome -- braces, mullets, perm, cut off jeans. So unbelievably cool.

After 1988, I still loved the Olympics, but was never able to follow them quite as passionately. Up until now. For some reason, I am so terribly excited about the Olympics this year (it starts in 2 days!!!) and can’t wait to spend each and every evening in the TV room rooting and cheering for different people. What sounds better than watching the Olympics with my family? I am PUMPED TO THE MAX.

So what do you do when you want to get excited for the Olympics? You buy Olympic tees, obviously. At GAP, duh. Best money spent all summer. Here are the shirts — run, don’t walk, to get them for you, your friends, your kids, your husband, and your boss.


When you wear Olympic tees, you have to do something athletic. Unless you want to look somewhat like a tool. So, Cruzzie and I were Olympic athletes and climbed the Butte, with a sweat band a la head, obvi.


Rockstar athletes.


Los Angeles Love.


Montreal Madness.

The women’s tee come in two options: Paris and LA. I went with the LA version, but here is the Paris tee:


Cute, but who remembers the 1924 Olympics? Or even knows anyone who can remember the 1924 Games? Not me, that is for sure.

The men and kids have a lot more options to choose from (6 shirts for the men and 9 for the kids/infants/toddlers), and all come in a vintage-esque type of soft and cozy material. I swear, these are AMAZINGLY cool. So buy them ASAP, because if you are like me, you will want to be wearing one as you watch. Because that is what us cool people do.

Just in case you are curious, here are the logos from all of the Summer Olympics since the Josie Girl was born.

2012: Londonlondon

2008: Beijing


2004: Athens


2000: Sydney


1996: Atlanta




1988: Seoul


1984: Los Angeles

Los Angeles1980: Moscow


If you want to buy a London 12 tee shirt, get it here. The look is simple, classic, and a keeper.


It might not be cool or retro to wear the current Olympic tee, but in 20 years, you will be super hip and on trend. So why not buy it NOW and store it in your closet for 20 years?

And if you love watching sports, check out this schedule to be up to date with what events are taking place and when. The sports I am mainly interested in are gymnastics, swimming, and track and field. The official London 12 website has a very simple and manageable way to look at all the events and when they take place. So definitely check it out! Are you excited to watch the Games? If so, what events are you looking forward to most? Will you buy a tee and drink beer (or tea in my case) and cheer your people on?

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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  1. i can’t wait. i am very excited about the opening ceremony but i can’t imagine it will be better than beijing’s. that one almost made me cry!

  2. The t shirts are fun. I also liked seeing the different logos–especially like the Sydney and Beijing ones. The next few weeks will be exciting to watch the olympics, and wear olympic t shirts.

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