MARK COLVIN: With less than three months to go until the London Olympics, the Australian team has unveiled its uniforms for the Opening Ceremony.
It's the first time the design has been revealed before the Games.
But no matter whether the athletes look good, a couple of recent stories have underlined that they're not super heroes.
Yesterday, a 26-year-old swimmer from Norway died after suffering a suspected heart attack.
Last night in England the footballer Fabrice Muamba received a standing ovation when he walked out on to the pitch six weeks after he had a cardiac arrest during a Premier League game. His heart stopped for seventy eight minutes and he was unconscious for three days.
It's all renewed the debate about heart screening elite athletes, something the Australian Olympic Committee has already started.
Jennifer Browning reports.
JENNIFER BROWNING: It's usually a well kept secret until Australia's athletes walk out onto one of the biggest stages in the sporting world.
But today, in a break with tradition, the AOC revealed the design for the Opening Ceremony in advance.
And if you ever wanted to unveil a new look, what better setting then the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Sydney Harbour, the place Australia's fashion industry has called its head quarters this week.
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JENNIFER BROWNING: The Australian team will sport green blazers with a splash of gold, matched with white skirts or trousers and runners on opening night.
The Australian swimmer Libby Trickett was part of the design team.
LIBBY TRICKETT: This was just so fun to be a part of and something that I'm really proud of and I hope that everyone who has made the Olympic team and gets to put this uniform on in London feels very proud to wear it.
JENNIFER BROWNING: Did you feel the pressure designing it?
LIBBY TRICKET: Well I was the only girl on the team, so- on the sub-committee that helped with the design. So I did feel a little bit of pressure, 'cause, you know, I'm a swimmer I'm not a fashionista.
JENNIFER BROWNING: But those interested in fashion, some argue it makes athletes look like lawn bowlers.
For Australia's chef de mission Nick Green it's what he calls the London look.
NICK GREEN: It is traditional. We're going to London. We've got to have a little bit of tradition when we go back to London. They do pomp and ceremony very well, like no other - we want to be part of that.
JENNIFER BROWNING: But while all the talk today was about uniforms and looks, the athletes were also coming to terms with one issue far more serious than their attire.
Yesterday's news that 26-year-old world champion swimmer Alexander Dale Oen of Norway had died of a suspected heart attack at an Olympic training camp in the United States is still resonating within the athletic community.
LIBBY TRICKETT: It was felt around the world in the swimming community. I didn't know Alex personally but when you are part of the swimming community everybody feels a devastating loss like that.
JENNIFER BROWNING: Libby Trickett is one of the many athletes who will undergo extra heart check-ups before the London Games.
The AOC is currently in the process of screening all of its athletes for cardiac abnormities.
LIBBY TRICKETT: Most of the time we think we're 10 foot tall and bullet proof but the fact of the matter is we're pushing our bodies to limits that is not normal and we're pushing that limit every single day.
It's a huge tragedy and hopefully through things like the ECG we can prevent other things like this happening.
JENNIFER BROWNING: The AOC's medical director Dr Peter Baquie says giving athletes additional heart check-ups will help prevent sudden deaths in competitive sport.
PETER BAQUIE: If it's a very, very, very uncommon event, you know, if it happens to be your son, your brother etc., it's a tragedy, so anything we can try to do to try and detect an asymptomatic potential catastrophe, I think that's a worthwhile endeavour.
JENNIFER BROWNING: The program is in line with recommendations from the International Olympic Committee.
Dr Baquie says he's hopeful of having all screenings returned from each Olympic sport prior to the London Games in a bid to establish a long term heart-related death prevention program.
PETER BAQUIE: If we don't start doing screening we'll never get the information, so the question will never be resolved. So that's what we're doing now, we're trying to get long term guidelines to prevent just one a year or two a year in our nation.
MARK COLVIN: AOC's medical director Dr Peter Baquie ending that report from Jennifer Browning.
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