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Team USA uniforms unveiled by Ralph Lauren (Photo courtesy of: Ralph Lauren and U.S. Olympic Team)
Would you want to wear an ugly Christmas sweater and 90s-style sweatpants at the Olympics? What if they're patriotic?
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Would you wear an ugly Christmas sweater and 90s-style sweatpants to a world-wide event? What if they're patriotic?
More than 400 Team USA athletes competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics will be sporting a new look in Russia during opening ceremonies, created by Ralph Lauren. Although the wool-and-knit getups aren't what you would call "sleek and stylish," they were manufactured in the United States -- a change from the past.
Ralph Lauren designed uniforms for the 2012 Olympic Team in London. When it was revealed that the uniforms were manufactured in China, the team and supporters were outraged.
“I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told ABC News following the 2012 blunder. “If they have to wear nothing but a symbol that says USA on it, painted by hand, that is what they should wear.”
So that's exactly what Ralph Lauren did. Every piece of clothing from the Sochi Olympic line has "USA" stitched somewhere on it. In a recent press release, the company stated that the 2014 clothing line was "proudly made in the USA."
The official Olympics Twitter account tweeted a picture of the uniform on Thursday at about 8:30 a.m.:
.@juliechu13 in the Opening Ceremony uniforms which are being unveiled right now on @TODAYshow #GoTeamUSA pic.twitter.com/ie5EwCq7l9— US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) January 23, 2014
.@juliechu13 in the Opening Ceremony uniforms which are being unveiled right now on @TODAYshow #GoTeamUSA pic.twitter.com/ie5EwCq7l9
What's the feedback on the uniform design?
Monique Lamoureux, a 2010 silver medalist, said it "looks like the flag threw up on a sweater" followed by "love it" hashtag:
“Here's the Ralph Lauren Opening Ceremony uniform (USA Today) ... pic.twitter.com/TmoForVa36” looks like the flag threw up on a sweater #loveit— Monique Lamoureux (@moniquelam7) January 23, 2014
“Here's the Ralph Lauren Opening Ceremony uniform (USA Today) ... pic.twitter.com/TmoForVa36” looks like the flag threw up on a sweater #loveit
She later deleted her tweet.
Comment below and tell us what you think of the new look!