US Olympians get nautical look for Rio's closing ceremony
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Olympic athletes from the United States will look ready to sail back home when they attend the closing ceremony at this year's games in Rio de Janeiro.
The U.S. Olympic Committee debuted the parade uniforms made by Polo Ralph Lauren during NBC's "Today" show Wednesday. American athletes in the Olympics and Paralympics will wear red, white and blue button-down shirts worn over a striped T-shirt, white chino shorts and boat shoes.
And don't forget the red, white and blue striped belt that completes the nautical-themed look described as "crisp, sporty and classic" in a USOC news release.
Also Wednesday, South Korea's Olympic committee announced Zika-proof long-sleeved shirts and pants to help protect athletes from the mosquito-borne virus. The USOC doesn't seem quite so worried with the shorts-and-rolled-up-sleeves look.
Four years ago, the USOC and Ralph Lauren heard criticism from members of Congress when it was revealed Team USA apparel such as berets, blazers and pants were made in China instead of in the U.S. for the London Games.
The company said apparel for U.S. Olympic athletes would be made in America for the 2014 Sochi Games. Apparel for the opening and closing ceremonies at the Rio Games will also be made in the U.S.
Swimmers Ryan Lochte and Haley Anderson, and wrestler Jordan Burroughs modeled the men's and women's uniforms for Wednesday's reveal.
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