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Monday 28 July 2014

Nightmare in wool: Team US unveiling eye-catching uniform for winter Olympics

Published 24/01/2014|12:28

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A combination photo shows Zach Parise (L) of the United States men's ice hockey team and Julie Chu, of the United States women's ice hockey team wearing the Official Opening Ceremony Parade Uniforms for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in these photos released on January 23, 2014.
A combination photo shows Zach Parise (L) of the United States men's ice hockey team and Julie Chu, of the United States women's ice hockey team wearing the Official Opening Ceremony Parade Uniforms for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in these photos released on January 23, 2014.
This product image released by Ralph Lauren shows American hockey player Zach Parise wearing the official uniform for Team USA to be worn at the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia
This product image released by Ralph Lauren shows American hockey player Zach Parise wearing the official uniform for Team USA to be worn at the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia

Team USA has unveiled its uniform for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, with the Ralph Lauren-designed knitwear being perfect for events like Nipping To The Shops and Watching Chocolat Under A Blanket.

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Stamped with a Made in America label, the shawl cardigans are emblazoned with Stars & Stripes within Stars & Stripes and will be worn during the opening ceremony next month.

Bucking the usual synthetic tracksuits, the cardigan has been teamed by Polo with a woollen reindeer hat, cream turtle neck jumper, white sweatpants and black leather boots.

American hockey player Zach Parise models the Team USA uniform (Picture: Reuters)

Despite their uniquely hideous appearance, the uniforms are likely to cause less controversy than those of the London 2012 games, which saw Lauren came in for criticism after it emerged that many of them were made in China.

The company described the new attire in a statement as  "a dynamic mix of patriotic references in a classic color palette of red, white and navy."

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