Remembering the U.S. Olympic Outfits

Remembering the U.S. Olympic Outfits - Jelt Belt

The Opening Ceremony for Rio is just three shorts away and we are anxiously awaiting the unveiling of the USA Opening Ceremony uniforms. While we wait, we decided to take a look back at some of the best (or worst) looks from the games and pay homage to our retro-inspired roots.

But fashion criticism aside, Team USA's get-ups have come a long way. After all, when the games were first hosted in 1896, there wasn't a cohesive uniform for our athletes. Then came short shorts, snazzy zip front track suits, and some really inexplicably ugly cobalt turtlenecks and red blazers. And while the all-American ugly sweaters deserve the insults, it's worth remembering that Olympic history is littered with goofy, gauche, and unattractive fashion. Here are a few of our favorites.  

1998 – Nagano

1998 Olympics - American Retro

1994 – Lillehammer

1994 Olympics - American Retro

1992 – Albertville

1992 Olympics - American Retro

1988 – Calgary

1988 Olympics - American Retro

1984 – Sarajevo

1984 Olympics - American Retro

1980 – Lake Placid

1980 Olympics - American Retro

As bad as some of these are, we can't help but feel a little nostalgic and we are excited to see the USA Pride this year in Rio.

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