Olympian Loses Bet, Will Wear Mankini to Games
Shooter Russell Mark will don it during opening ceremonies
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2012 8:15 AM CDT
Ready the 'mankini.'   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Australian shooter Russell Mark may have won gold and silver in previous Olympics, but he lost a pretty big bet this go-round—and he's now stuck parading through the opening ceremonies in London wearing a lime-green mankini. The not-exactly-fashionable swimsuit was popularized by Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat, and the 48-year-old will be donning it thanks to the fact that Carlton lost (in a "shock defeat," reports Reuters) to St. Kilda in the Australian Football League.

Mark quipped that maybe the loss wasn't "such a bad thing," considering the uniform his fellow countrymen will be wearing: green blazers and white pants. But the quip-of-the-day award goes to the Australian Olympic Committee rep who commented on the situation. "Russell is no spring chicken, his days of being a model are long gone," he observed, recommending Mark pass on the sartorial choice. "This will be his sixth Olympics and he is a chance to be named as flag bearer. Imagine the flag bearer out in front of our team in a mankini." Most importantly, "as we all know, the London weather is fickle and we would not want him to catch cold."

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May 17, 2012 9:34 PM CDT
Well,at least he is a man of his word,May not be to comfy.
May 16, 2012 7:29 PM CDT
YIKE AND A HALF! LOLX9999999999999999999999
May 15, 2012 9:36 PM CDT
This assumes Olympics officials will allow him to appear this way. I'm guessing they won't.