Olympic Fans

Nothing says "I'm proud of my country" quite like wearing crazy costumes, taking off your clothes or painting your body.

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We like to think of this Curling fan as Canada Man. His real name is Steve Mattucci. He is from Ontario, and his likes are Canada and Curling.
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More cowbell? Frankly, we're a little terrified of this fan, Patrick Plys, the father of American curler Chris Plys, as he cheers during a match between the U.S. and France in men's curling.
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A pair of novelty glasses, some face paint and a helmet should do the trick. This Finnish fan is on the edge of his seat during the Finland-Germany men's hockey game.
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Making friends wherever they go? Canadian and American fans compete with each other while cheering their athletes at the start of the Men's Moguls Freestyle Skiing Final.
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A Canadian fan, with drink in hand, sports a giant hat in support of his country at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
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Twin siblings Liv and Thea Kasubuchi of Vancouver wear Canada's colors as they are strolled through town at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
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This Canadian fan must have been torn between wearing red or white and thought, "what the heck? I'll wear both!"
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Think you're a fan? Really? Well, how many Olympic pins do you have? I thought so. This Canadian fan is clearly a collector.
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This fan -- wearing Canadian colors, gear and face paint -- braves the rain to catch the Women's Moguls Freestyle Skiing qualifying event.
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This US fan really sticks to his flag theme as he cheers on the women's soccer team at the Gold Medal match in Beijing.Check out these photos of Olympic fans, sometimes in goofy getups, displaying their unbridled passion for the games.
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Those Canadians take their ice hockey seriously, eh. This fan shouts her support during the preliminaries at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
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This Chinese fan takes the cake for both at the 2008 Bijing Olympics.
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We hate to think what would happen if this French fan had to blow his nose... that paint job looks like it took awhile.
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Thai fans celebrate the gold medal win for Udomporn Polsak at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
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Allez, allez, allez! Vite, vite, vite! A French supporter reacts during the Freestyle skiing Men's Moguls final at the Torino Olympics.
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Mexican supporters cheer as Ana Guevara celebrates her silver win in the women's 400m final during the 2004 Athens Olympics.
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We've seen more meticulous paint jobs, but the enthusiasm of these Latvian fans at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City can't be beat.
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A Canadian fan cheers his team during the Men's gold medal Ice Hockey final against the USA at the Winter Olympics in 2002.
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This German fan has an eagle eye for detail (note the medals on his feathered friends) as he cheers on his team during the 2006 Winter Olympics' long hill team ski jumping final.
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Adults and kids alike cheer the American ladies free skating competition at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
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By Thor's hammer, my team shall win! This Norgegian fan cheers during the women's 15km biathlon during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games.
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A Finnish fan expresses his cheer at the men's javelin throw final during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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Sure, the ink will wash right out, but it's going to take awhile for this Chinese fan's hair to grow back in after the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. That's dedication.
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A Dutch supporter watches men's speed skating during the Torino Olympics, but we're not sure how he can see past all that hair.
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What better way to say, "God save the Queen" and "go, team!" in one fell swoop than with a bikini and face paint of the British flag? No better way.
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If it will fit on his hat, this Dutch fan will put it there... all in support his team at the Men's 1000m speed skating competition in Torino.
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This Brazilian fan got into the spirit of the Olympics when the Torch Relay for the 2004 Games in Athens passed through Rio De Janiero, Brazil. The Olympic Flame traveled to 34 cities in 27 countries en route to the games in Athens that year.
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Jester hats and capes... these Italian fans went nuts as they celebrated Italy's Bronze win in Mens Volleyball at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
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We like to think of this guy as a fan superhero -- Mr. Brazil, if you will.
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This little tyke went all out on the face paint for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
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If these mimes could talk, we're sure they'd express their love of all things Olympics at the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France.
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The face-in-flag look is an old favorite, but these US fans took it to another level at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
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Son, you've got a podium on your head. This Dutch supporter hoped his countryman would end up on the podium during the during the men's 1500m speed skating race at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
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This luge fan could be protecting his face from the cold or hiding his identity as a sereal killer. We're pretty sure it's the former or he wouldn't have been sporting his hat pins at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada.
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What he lacks in expressiveness, this Stetson-wearing fan makes up for in dedication. Not many people would brave that many inches of snow while watching the bobsleigh event at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics.
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Face painting is nothing new, but we admire the care this fan took in her detail as she cheers on the athletes in the Womens Triathlonduring the Sydney Games.
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Denmark supporters celebrate after their team won the gold medal for women's handball during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
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We're not entirely sure what an eagle on a helmet signifies, but we are sure that this guy was showing his love of the Olympics at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
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We like the dedication of these fans who went for full-on body paint to welcome the Olympic Flame during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Torch Relay.
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An Iraqi fan, with his face and arm painted in the colors of the national flag, shows his support during the semi-final game against Paraguay in 2004.
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A lot of people sport their flags, but we particularly liked this Brazilian fan's creativity... not only is the flag homemade, but it also looks like she gathered several autographs during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
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This little girl seems to be having the time of her life during the Summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988.
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Not only does this fan dress in style (hello, flair!), but he also arrives in style... he rode a sled into town during the Lillehammer 1994 Olympics.
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Japanese calligraphy is an ancient art form. These fans sported their modern interpretation at the Summer Olympics in 1992 as they cheered on their country at the 60kg judo competition in Barcelona, Spain.
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This little girl shows off her Norwegian colors at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994.
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A Japanese fan shows his support with flag and fan in hand during a men's table tennis match at the 2004 Summer Olympics.
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Olympic fans come in all ages... this little girl dons the US flag and a Statue of Liberty crown during the 2002 Women's Olympic Downhill race to show her spirit.
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