Why are Team USA medal winners wearing gray on the podium?

2012-08-01T06:55:00Z 2012-08-02T09:21:06Z Why are Team USA medal winners wearing gray on the podium? Arizona Daily Star
August 01, 2012 6:55 am

There's only one thing wrong with this soon-to-be iconic picture of the Fab Five celebrating its team gold medal at the Olympics: Why in the name of Betsy Ross is Team USA accepting gold medals while wearing a gray Nike jacket and black pants?

Gray and black? What is this, the set of a Christopher Nolan film? We're not saying everything had to be vomiting red, white and blue (like some medal stand outfits of the past) but it'd be nice to be able to visually identify our athletes without the aid of an NBC chyron.

The jackets do say "The United States of America" on the back, which is nice when cameras show their frequent shots of the back of Jordyn Wieber's head. At all other times, unless you're seeing the American flag patch on the left shoulder or are close enough to read the writing on the patch, you're out of luck.

Look at the difference between the vibrant uniforms of other countries and ours:

Eh, after looking at the medal outfits belonging to Russia and Romania, gray isn't such a bad way to go.

When Nike released the design for the jacket, a PR release said:

"There's absolutely no way your USA pride will go unnoticed; in addition to a Team USA patch on the chest, an Ol' Glory patch on the left sleeve, and "The United States of America" cut out of the back with precision layers, this jacket is equipped with a hyper-reflective exterior."

Like we said above, we beg to differ on that first part.

The jacket is selling for $450 at some retailers.

There's a different design for some of the outdoor events. Kimberly Rhode, who won a gold medal in skeet shooting on sunday, and the U.S. men's archery team thankfully had medal jackets of a different color.

If there's one color that says "America," it's burnt orange. (University of Texas fans nod in agreement.) The whole ensamble looks fine, particularly the rolled-up Nike jeans.

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