The 2012 London Olympics are upon us, and when it comes to choosing the ideal outfit for the opening ceremony of the Olympics, the rule of thumb tends to be the flashier the better.

How else would the athletes and performers possibly capture the attention of the masses without dousing themselves in neon color or setting themselves on fire (metaphorically? Literally?)

We'll leave that question to the professionals, but in the meantime we've handpicked some of our favorite Olympic opening ceremony outfits dating back to 2000.

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  • Turin 2006

    What's better than a guy in a full bodysuit on rollerblades? A guy ON FIRE in a full bodysuit on rollerblades (Photo by Kevork Djansezian-POOL/Getty Images)

  • Beijing 2008

    And the winner for the coziest outfit of the 2008 Olympics goes too... (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

  • Turin 2006

    And the most inventive dress design goes to... (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

  • Vancouver 2010

    Looks like he only had enough color for one sleeve. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

  • Beijing 2008

    Flight attendants or Netherlands athletes? Debatable. (Photo credit William West/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Salt Lake City 2002

    Tajikistan forgot to bling out their shoes. (Photo credit Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Vancouver 2010

    The Czech Republic couldn't decide on a pattern, so they used them all. (Photo by Sandra Behne/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • Vancouver 2010

    This totally works. Totally. So well. Not so much. (Photo by Sandra Behne/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • Turin 2006

    Could have been worse we suppose. (Photo credit John D. McHugh/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Sydney 2000

    Olympic moths? (Photo credit Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Vancouver 2010

    Dude's got moves. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Beijing 2008

    A little over the top on the floral. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • Sydney 2000

    Wut. (Photo By Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

  • Vancouver 2010

    Lights, camera... rollerblades! (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Turin 2006

    Art. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

  • Vancouver 2010

    What would you call that pattern? Lighting zig-zags? Camo lightening zig-zags? (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Beijing 2010

    Colored ribbon and belts? Check. Bed-sheet cape? Check. T-shirt? Check. (Photo credit William West/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Vancouver 2010

    Flying leap plus dance hands equals win. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • Sydney 2000

    And then, hipsters took over. (Ross Kinnaird/ALLSPORT)

  • Vancouver 2010

    Hey, Russia. That's some design you've got there. (Photo credit Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Beijing 2008

    Kazakhstan represents. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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