07/27/2012 03:57 pm ET

Olympics Opening Ceremony Outfits: The 21 Weirdest Athlete And Performer Ensembles (PHOTOS)

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.

Weirdest Opening Ceremony Outfits