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Team USA’s Opening Ceremony Outfits Through the Years

Take a look at the U.S.’s summer Olympic get-ups.


Designer Roy Halston created this spiffy look for the 1976 summer Olympics in Montreal, complete with red shoulder bags.

1976, Montreal

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Team USA marched in the Parade of Nations on their home turf in 1984 wearing sporty outfits designed by the classic American designer Levi Strauss & Co.

1984, Los angeles

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For the Seoul Olympics, the men got their own Yankee Doodle Dandy looks… 

1988, seoul

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…while the women wore white mid-calf skirts and powder blue sweaters. 

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At the Centennial Olympic Games, the athletes strutted out in red jackets and white hats. The July heat didn’t stop them from wearing red, white and blue scarves.

1996, atlanta

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Western style prevailed at the Sydney games, with all the U.S. athletes donning cowboy hats.

2000, sydney

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At the birthplace of the modern Olympics, the U.S. came to play in an outfit more casual than in the past.

2004, athens

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The Beijing Olympics ushered in the era of Ralph Lauren’s reign over the team uniform design.

2008, Beijing

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Peep the classic Polo Ralph Lauren logo on Kobe Bryant’s blazer. We had a question about those caps though…

2012, london


Michael Phelps carried the American flag high as the athletes marched out in jackets that look similar to the 2012 garb.

2016, rio de janeiro

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Ralph Lauren can’t let the blazers go, but this year the navy blue striped shirts and dark pants made the look less preppy.

2020, tokyo


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