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US Olympic uniforms risky to wear?

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Huffington Post: U.S. Olympic Athletes Told Wearing Team Colors In Sochi Puts Them At Risk: Reports

    If you have seen the new Olympic uniforms for US athletes competing in Sochi, your reaction might vary from flamboyant to ridiculous to ugly. In any case, you'll be able to spot a US athlete a mile away, and now the US Olympic Committee has advised athletes that wearing them outside of the Olympic venue could put them at personal risk.

    In reading the comments at the bottom of the above HP article, I wonder if the risk is personal ridicule rather than safety. I personally would be a bit embarrassed to wear one of these.

    Any thoughts?
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    As usual, overstated and in poor taste, (the uniforms) but that's the" 'Mercian way" as they say. When I travel outside the USA I do everything I can to blend into the local environment and not proclaim my "superiority" to the rest of the world as an American.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    I missed Tony's post on security on the games, but this one was about the "flamboyant uniforms" which I personally find to be in poor taste. I agree with pgr. As one who lived and traveled in international locations, I always tried to keep a low profile in public places in case any anti-American chose to take out his hatred on me.

    I can appreciate, however, that the flag waving hyper-patriots will like these uniforms.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    Everything you guys said about the uniforms, and wearing them, is correct. Not only are they hideously ugly, but have you seen the prices? Unbelievable!
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    And I think they were designed by Ralph Lauren. Isn't he supposed to be good. Probably designed by Lauren but made in a Chinese sweat shop. To avoid personal ridicule... That was funny. I enjoyed that one.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    How do you think Ralphie can afford the mansion on L.I., let alone the sports cars? Certainly not by manufacturing anything in the USA!!!
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    They were made in the USA with all materials from the USA. Maybe that's how they justify the super high prices.

    ABC profiled them just a few days ago on the Evening News, they are 100% American. They had to be American made because the US Olympic uniforms for the last Olympics were all Chinese made, and there was some negative publicity.
  • Other Party
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    A partial price list:
    Cardigan $598
    Sweater $245
    Pants $165
    Boots $395
    If you're on a tight budget:
    Hat $95
    Belt $75

    I wouldn't wear this stuff if it were free. Here OR over there.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    jamesn Wrote: A partial price list:
    Cardigan $598
    Sweater $245
    Pants $165
    Boots $395
    If you're on a tight budget:
    Hat $95
    Belt $75

    I wouldn't wear this stuff if it were free. Here OR over there.
    Anyway; typical I would not have expected anything different; I do not know what is wrong with this country; I'm always totally surprised whenI see a local car driving here with a flag sticker on it ; then my wife asks; does the driver not know that he lives here? That is why they in Europe know exactly; if it are Americans on tour; they are the easyist to rip off or steal their Rolexes.