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Five Olympic-Inspired Halloween Costumes

By Lisa Costantini | Oct. 29, 2014, 5 p.m. (ET)

With still two years to go until the next Olympic Games, we’re having a bit of withdrawal from all things red, white and blue. So with Halloween fast approaching we came up with five costumes you could wear to honor some great Olympic moments in history.

Kerri Strug

Olympic Experience: Two-time Olympic gymnastics medalist (1992, 1996)

Memorable Olympic Moment: Gold medal in the team event at 1996 Atlanta Games despite injuring her ankle on her first vault 

Costume: Cute damsel in distress gymnast. Bonus points if you can find a mustached Romanian man to carry you around all night.

What You’ll Need:

-A short wig
-A white V-neck long-sleeve gymnastics leotard painted to resemble Strug’s
-A piece of paper with the numbers “345” written on it and pinned to your back
-An ACE bandage for your left foot and an arm brace for your left wrist
-A bouquet of flowers to wave around and a gold medal hung from your neck

Ryan Lochte

Olympic Experience: Eleven-time Olympic swimming medalist (2004, 2008, 2012)

Memorable Olympic Moment: Gold medal performance at the 2012 London Games in the 400-meter IM, beating Michael Phelps

Costume: Rock star status swimmer with rock hard abs. Since you’re going to need a six-pack stomach for this costume, hopefully you've been hitting the gym by now! And don’t forget to use his trademark saying “Jeah!” all night if you want a dead giveaway as to who you’re dressed as.

What You’ll Need:

-Tight black Speedo swim shorts
-Swim cap with the American flag on it
-A towel thrown over your shoulder
-Five gold, three silver and three bronze Olympic medals draped across your chest
-Custom American flag grill
-Bonus points if you recreate his psychedelic neon high top sneakers with the teddy bear attached to the tongue

Tara Lipinski

Olympic Experience: 1998 Olympic figure skating gold medalist

Memorable Olympic Moment: Nagano 1998, where she became the youngest skater to win Olympic gold at 15 years old

Costume: Sweet and innocent figure skater cute enough to steal America’s heart, despite donning more sparkle than a New Year’s Eve ball. After you’ve dressed up like this skater at 15, finish the look by spinning and jumping around a lot and when you’re done scream and squeal.

What You’ll Need:

-Rhinestones, rhinestones and more rhinestones
-Blue spaghetti strap dress (with lots of rhinestones added to it)
-Two pairs of nude tights — one for your legs and one for your arms (with lots of rhinestones added to them)
-A blue hair scrunchie (with — what else — rhinestones glued on it)
-Gold necklace with a slew of charms hanging from it
-A gold ring for every finger
-Gold polish for your fingernails
-Ice skates

Bruce Jenner

Olympic Experience: 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medalist

Memorable Olympic Moment: Became a global icon and one of the most famous athletes in the world when he won decathlon gold in 1976 in Montreal

Costume: What an elite athlete looks like before the Kardashians get a hold of you 

What You’ll Need:

-A brown box painted orange to put your face through to make it look like you’re on a Wheaties box
-Short blue running shorts (check your sister’s closet!)
-Red tank top with the words “USA” in big letters and the numbers “935” written underneath
-Old-school striped blue sneakers
-Knee-length athletic socks pushed down
-Bonus points: If you have time, grow your hair out to a shoulder-length feathered look, a la Farrah Fawcett, and grow your sideburns as equally long and bushy

Shaun White

Olympic Experience: Two-time Olympic snowboarding gold medalist (2006, 2010)

Memorable Olympic Moment: Pulled off the world’s first Double McTwist 1260 (aka the Tomahawk) in the halfpipe at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

Costume: The most recognizable redhead in the world — before he cut his trademark long locks. Now he’s a close second after Prince Harry.

What You’ll Need:

-A red wig
-Plaid jacket
-Slouchy jeans
-Blue and white star bandana (to wear over your mouth)
-Snow goggles, helmet, gloves and boots
-DIY Vancouver 2010 bib with the number “5” on it
-Carry around a snowboard while waving a large American flag

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Ryan Lochte

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Shaun White