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Team USA Olympians Know How to Rock Serious Star-Spangled Style

Feb 3 2014 - 12:55pm

Friday will mark the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics [1] in Sochi, Russia — and while we're excited to play spectator to our favorite cold-weather events (who among us can't wait to see Evan Lysacek on the ice?), there's obviously another component of the Olympics that we're keeping a close eye on: the fashion. Sure, it's not your traditionally chic lineup of covetable outfits, but let it be known: Team USA knows how to rock some seriously patriotic looks. This year's opening ceremony wares come courtesy of Ralph Lauren [2], but in years past, we've spotted everything from retro red, white, and blue nylon tracksuits to crisp navy-blue blazers and white beret combos. In honor of the Winter Games, we're taking a closer look at how these American Olympians put their star-spangled spin on sporty style.

— Additional reporting by Justin Fenner

Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Team USA will attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games in this kit, outfitted by Ralph Lauren [3].

Gabby Douglas at the 2012 Olympics

The gymnast let her true colors shine in this fuchsia leotard.

Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones, and Ryan Lochte at the 2012 Olympics

The swimming foursome celebrated winning the 400m freestyle relay with neon accents.

Team USA at the 2012 Olympics

The 2012 Team USA Olympic uniform was a clean, crisp take on Americana wares — all designed by the iconic Ralph Lauren [4].

Team USA at the 2012 Olympics

At the London Games, the men and women of the USA were outfitted in retro sportswear.

Team USA at the 1968 Olympics

For the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City, the women marched in the opening ceremony in matching white uniforms, all laden with a red-and-blue V stripe along the chest. Although it may have been warm outside, the ladies donned sheer tights and black loafers, too.

Team USA at the 1996 Olympics

The 1996 women's gymnastic Olympic team rocked a fly blend of star-spangled tracksuits — a true patriotic team effort.

Nancy Kerrigan at the 1992 Olympics

Nancy Kerrigan [5] wore a custom-designed white Vera Wang [6] costume for the 1992 Winter Games held in Albertville, France. Nancy went on to wear yet another Vera creation during her free-skate program.

Venus and Serena Williams at the 2008 Olympics

Venus and Serena Williams wore up-to-there white mini tennis skirts during the doubles competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Team USA at the 1932 Olympics

The 1932 Olympic Games featured a polo-inspired uniform, complete with black berets, at the opening ceremony.

Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics

For the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, the US team represented with puffer coats and snowflake-printed beanies.

Kristi Yamaguchi at the 1992 Olympics

Kristi Yamaguchi impressed in a decadent brocade-textured ensemble at the '92 Winter Games in France.

Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics

Red, white, and blue manifested themselves in cozy windbreaker parkas and slouchy hats at the Torino-based 2006 Winter Games.

Mary Lou Retton at the 1984 Olympics

Talk about a patriotic showing — Mary Lou Retton took the balance beam by storm in an American-flag-printed leotard at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. We're pretty sure similar iterations exist at American Apparel right now.

Team USA at the 2008 Olympics

Preppy navy-blue blazers and white berets completed Team USA's 2008 Beijing Games attire.

Dominique Dawes at the 1996 Olympics

Dominique Dawes went with a red-and-white two-tone leotard for the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

Team USA at the 1992 Olympics

At the 1992 opening ceremony, the US athletes wore red and blue suit jackets with wide-brimmed hats. The look evoked a very nostalgic take on American fashion.


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