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Behold, the Team USA Opening Ceremony Uniform for Sochi 2014

Here it is–the official Team USA uniform, designed by Ralph Lauren for the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

It’s nice to know the athletes will be representing their country wearing traditional frumpy knitted sweaters and sweatpants–a seasonal staple in any American’s closet.

Here are a handful of other Team USA opening ceremony uniforms past–some were great, and some were… well, let’s just say the team let their athleticism do the talking for them.

The 1992 Barcelona Games: Team USA went with real estate blazers. They wanted to win the gold, and sell you a modest 3-bedroom, 2-bath ranch house with a full-sized garage in a great school district.

The 1984 LA Summer Games: With Beat Street and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo setting our hearts and the box office on fire that year, Team USA wore fly break dancing track suits, which was the style at the time.

The 1968 Mexico City Games: Minimalist. Mod. Bold. Perfect. The late ’60s had all the best designs.

The 2006 Turin Winter Games: Nothing really wrong with these uniforms, right? Simple, kept our athletes warm, and the Flying Tomato loved ’em.

The 2004 Athens Games: These ’70s-era NBA warm-up sweats sorta reminded me of the stuff Dr. J and Darryl Dawkins used to wear just before tip off. A clean retro look.

The 1996 Atlanta Summer Games: Ouch. Blazers and fedoras are never a good look unless you’re on the set of Mad Men and even then, cherry red and white? Team USA looked like the chorus line in a summer stock production of Guys and Dolls.

All photos: Getty Images, except the first photo: TodayShow

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