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Team USA unveils star-filled 2014 Olympic jerseys

Aug 27, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

While Team USA was busy having meetings during their Olympic orientation camp in Virginia, the “main event” was the unveiling of the jerseys they’ll be wearing during the 2014 Games in Sochi.

Without further ado, here they are from Heidi Burgett at Nike.

Let me do my best Tim Gunn impression here:

The crest is impressive. It’s an old-school throwback look that appeared in smaller form on the 2010 jerseys. It’s old-timey looking and cool. No problems there.

Everything else? Debatable.

The road blue jersey is the better of the two if for no reason other than the striping isn’t quite so bad. The single red stripe on the white jersey is a touch off-putting.

The stars embedded on the shoulders of both jerseys will get a lot of flack, but it’s an American jersey and it’s all about the stars and stripes, baby! We’re just kind of lacking on the stripes is all (apologies to the 13 original colonies).

The one unforgivable sin here is the lacing on the collars as they’re not even real laces.

Canadian fans are sure to get their digs in but just keep in mind: Nike is designing their jerseys as well. Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.

  1. upyourstodd - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Looks like they took a page from U.S. Soccer jerseys. Vertical Stripes on the crest take away from “USA.” I just dont get why they would get cute with these jerseys when the simple USA across the chest works so perfectly. Unless these jerseys come with a gold medal, I hope to forget them quickly.

    • c9castine - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      first mistake was letting nike make them. everything they make is over done and ugly. these are awful…why not just spruce up the good old USA logo a bit? fake laces? come on. whatever….they can put on flannel and pink skirts for all i care just win the damn gold.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    I really like the blue on blue look with the accent stripes. I wish they could’ve done a tad better with the whites. Could be better, could be worse.

  3. claudegirwho - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    I really like them

    • claudegirwho - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      I never saw the “fake laces” before. That is super tacky Nike didn’t want to pay a child 10 cents for a twelve hour day to tie them

  4. Mr. Miller - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    They’re bad. Not much getting around that.

    • lordfletcher - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      I don’t care for them in the photo but I bet they will look pretty sharp on the ice / skater….

      that said, yes they could be much better

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      The crest is nice. But that’s where the niceness ends.

      The stars on the shoulders look like something out of the disco era.

    • ernestpa81 - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:32 PM

  5. ruddigervancity - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Are they…..Bedazzled?

  6. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    The question for me and I’m sure many others will be – where were they made? Last summer olympics, the main dress uniforms worn by everyone were made in China.

    • ishiibrad - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Made by Nike, you know they are not made in the USA. Nike only takes money out,not put anything in!

  7. govtminion - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Ditch the stars, add REAL laces, and I’m actually a fan. As is… eugh.

  8. multiplemiggs - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    horrid, hideous embarrassment…go Canada

    • longcutskolvikes - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      I’m getting really tired of what Nike is doing to uniforms across all sports. Enough is enough. I bet instead of embossed maple leafs, Canada’s sweaters will have brown gravey colored shoulders with cheese curds and french fries.

      • selldannysell - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:41 PM


      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        @long, That actually sounds like an awesome beer league hockey sweater lol. Go Poutines Go!

  9. howintensive - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Just use the 1980 jerseys and never change. Develop and identity- don’t change every year.

    • erbaker67 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      This will probably never happen as they want to make as much money as possible and not having a new jersey would eliminate some jersey sales.

      Just my opinion…

      • sw19womble - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        Well, they’ve done a pretty good job of eliminating some jersey sales with this monstrosity. :p

  10. fredericton101 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Actually they are a great looking jersey minus the stars on top!! Go Canada!

  11. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Oy, those stars indeed. Hope Canada doesn’t get that treatment with the leaf.

  12. blomfeld - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM


    Truly a wonderful marriage of ‘simplicity & dash’ while paying homage to that marvelous ‘can do’ spirit which is uniquely American ! … 10/10 from the House of Blomfeld ! :)

  13. hazlydose - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    The white jersey needs a blue stripe on the arm with a white on in between the blue and red.

  14. mogogo1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I like the main logo, but not the stars. You can imagine the debate in the design meeting with “let’s do something subtle to make them different” winning out. Too bad, because they’d be way better without the stars. The fake laces is just weird.

  15. cweez2 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    See what happens when you let the Oregon designer out of his cage, Nike?

  16. rodeoclowndc - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Pretty horrible. The ghost stars are just a little tacky, but FAKE LACES?

    Only the Adidas college basketball unis are worse – but not by much.

  17. afrancis55 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Remind me again what was wrong with the old ones?

    • buckyblackhawk - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      It’s all about new jersey sales.

      • dillpx183 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        the problem is I really wanted to get a team USA Jersey this year… looks like I’ll have to pass on that note ughh

      • buckyblackhawk - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Dillpx183, I am sure you can still buy the 1980 jersey. If they sell more 1980 jerseys then this crap they just came out with maybe they will wake up.

  18. pavelfitzgerald - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Honestly, when I saw this logo I instantly thought K-Swiss. Not very attractive at all & I’m not saying that because I’m Canadian, but because I can see.

    I know that they “need” to re-make the jerseys every chance they get to generate revenue but why not just add a feature or two to the last jersey they did? The ones from Vancouver were sharp when typically the American jerseys are boring.

    I still think Sweden & Finland have some of the sharpest jerseys around. Hopefully Nike doesn’t butcher those too much (I am already convinced that they will butcher our Canadian ones – don’t feel so bad my Yankee friends)

    • flydommo - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      The Tre Kronor jersey is a classic, not much you can do wrong about this fabulous design. I also like the drakken in their Association’s emblem. I like the Finnish jerseys with the golden lion pretty much as well. Germany also have a great jersey, especially the black ones with the black eagle in a golden shield, but they will not take part. The eagle goes back 1,200 years in history! I am also fond of the Canadian jerseys as long as they don’t use an old-fashioned design for the Maple Leaf. Generally, I like simple jerseys with a historical reference to the nation they represent.

  19. vstar1us - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    It kinda has a Union Pacific Railroad emblem look to it!
    Cool, now Canada and Russia are going to be afraid crap we got a train coming at us run……..

    • flydommo - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Don’t US railway companies have a tendency of going bankrupt?

  20. hockeyflow33 - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM


  21. fahmundamahbalsaq - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    I just threw up in my mouth.

    • flydommo - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      You might die of suffocation, please visit a doctor.

  22. redridershoottheireyeout - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    the stars represent drones and NSA spooks, should have just gone with the 1960 uniform, which this design is stolen from

  23. avfanforlife - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Fail – Looks like pajamas.

  24. flydommo - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Good design, but not flawless. I like the shape of the logo, which has a throwback touch to it, but instead of the “USA” lettering they should have moved the stars from the shoulders/upper torso to the blue field of the shield. This jersey otherwise is not overloaded with stripes or fancy stuff, which I find tasteful. Much better than recent USA Hockey outfits in my humble opinion. This comes from a non-North American…

  25. nyrnashty - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Terrible just keep it simple and traditional. V-neck, stripes on the sleeves and stripes on the bottom of jersey with USA across the front. How hard is that? Everyone in America thinks something has to be changed every two seconds these days it’s usually for the worse! USA

  26. paperkid96 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Made in Cambodia….. Still bums me out that Nike bought Bauer.

  27. jimw81 - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    i have no problem. looks like the 1960’s jerseys.

  28. mattyo99 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Idk what’s worse, these US jerseys or the ones in Ea-NHL10-13?? They have white stars on there shoulders instead of black

  29. multiplemiggs - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    forget those horrid stars on top! what anout those hideously high stripes on the sleeves??

  30. multiplemiggs - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:54 PM


  31. sunderlanding - Aug 27, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Damnit people in hockey we call them “sweaters” not “jerseys”. Please, just because you change the material doesn’t mean you change the name. Especially when it’s part of the history.

  32. multiplemiggs - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    oh shutup stop being so politically correct who gives a rats ass…and not for nothing this is techinically a jersey bc it looks nothing like a hockey sweater.

  33. usher716 - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Rochester American Pajamas

  34. surfoside4life - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    i dont care what they look like as long as they win and represent USA with pride and dignity

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