NPR : News

Filed Under:

Golden Or Not? Tell Us What You Think Of New U.S. Olympic Uniforms

We're not exactly fashionistas here at The Two-Way, but even with our skewed sense of style, we're not sure what to make of the Ralph Lauren-designed uniforms to be worn by the U.S. Olympic team at the opening ceremony in Sochi on Feb. 7.

As one of our colleagues said, the uniform "looks like something your grandmother would knit you for Christmas." CBS Sports made a similar observation: "It's almost like an ugly Christmas sweater vest mixed with some yoga pants."

Gawker called the red, white and blue cardigan sweater with alpaca earflap hat and sweat pants "hideously ugly." The Today show was kinder, describing the "knit patchwork cardigans" as featuring "a classic color palette or red, white and navy" that is "quite patriotic."

At the time of the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, the U.S. uniforms (also designed by Ralph Lauren) sparked controversy, too. As The Two-Way's Eyder Peralta reported at the time, it had mainly to do with the clothing being made in China, instead of the U.S. That concern has been remedied this time around, so regardless of how you feel about the look of the latest uniforms, you can be assured they are "Made in USA."

While the U.S. team might not be entirely happy with the choice of apparel (although we've heard no specific complaints), it clearly could be worse, as evidenced by the Norwegian curling team's uniform, or the uniform worn by Spanish athletes in 2012.

Even so, we understand that these things are subjective, so we're looking for input from our readers. You can vote in the poll below:

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit


Reading Gaol, Where Oscar Wilde Was Imprisoned, Unlocks Its Gates For Art

In 1895, Wilde was convicted of homosexual activity and sentenced to two years Reading Gaol. Built in the mid-1800s, the facility was operational until 2013. Now, it's hosting an unusual art exhibit.

Trick Or Treat? Critics Blast Big Soda's Efforts To Fend Off Taxes

Several U.S. cities have sugary drink taxes on the ballot. As efforts to reduce soda consumption gain traction around the world, critics say the industry is using the tobacco playbook to fight back.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour - October 21, 2016

Virginia’s online voter registration will be extended after a system crash. Montgomery County keeps Marriott headquarters local with big incentives. And Washington D.C. dukes it out with Washington state over their shared moniker.


No Snapchat In The Bedroom? An Online Tool To Manage Kids' Media Use

The American Academy of Pediatrics has launched more liberal guidelines on children's media use. They're offering parents an online tool to help manage the what, where and when of family screen time.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.