Laguna Miscanti | by Owen Perry | Facebook.
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The tradition of the colorful pants began as an accident.
Svae was looking online for gear after a supplier shipped the wrong uniform to the team just weeks before pre-Olympic training. He found golf pants with a red, white and blue checkered pattern and ordered a set in his teammates’ sizes.
On the new pants:
“These pants would be great to win in,” Vad Petersson said. “But they’d be terrible to lose in. We decided that when we wear them, we have to really try and win and go the whole way.”