The U.S. Olympic uniforms for the 2012 London Olympics were unveiled Thursday by designer Ralph Lauren, and you don't have to be a member of Team USA to look like one.
The US Olympic uniforms for the 2012 London Olympics were unveiled today by designer Ralph Lauren, and you don't have to be a member of Team USA to look like one.
Team USA will be wearing the U.S. Olympic uniforms, which include a navy blue beret and double-breasted blazer, a classic-fit white shirt with the familiar Ralph Lauren polo pony logo, white flat-front trousers and a red-striped navy blue silk tie for the men.
The women's uniform also features a beret along with a women's blazer, a white Jersey shirt and knee-high silk skirt.
"The Olympic Games are the greatest sporting event in the world and we are incredibly honored to partner with this esteemed group of athletes," David Lauren of Ralph Lauren said in a statement. "They embody the true spirit of American sportsmanship, and we are proud to have them wear our product as they represent Team USA."
You don't have to be a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team to get the uniform, but it won't come cheap. Ralph Lauren is making the U.S. Olympic Collection available on its website, where you can view the collection and make a purchase.
The men's beret goes for $55, the double-breasted blazer comes with a $795 price tag and the white shirt will set you back $85.50. To complete the look, you'll need to spend another $295 on the white pants and $125 for the silk tie.
The women's uniform is also priced at over $1,000: the beret is also $55; the blazer costs $598; $198 for the shirt; and $498 for the silk skirt.
Ralph Lauren is also selling a $345 Olympic dress and a number of accessories.
The designer also has U.S. Olympic collections for boys, girls and babies.
The unveiling of the U.S. Olympic uniforms was met with criticism from congressional leaders, who criticized the U.S. Olympic Committee because the uniforms were made in China. They were designed in the USA, however.
The strongest criticism came from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
"I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again," Reid said during a news conference Thursday in Washington.
The U.S. Olympic Committee defended its choice in a statement.
"Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors," Patrick Sandusky, the committee's spokesman, said. "We're proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and excited to watch America's finest athletes compete at the upcoming Games in London."
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