Opening Ceremony uniforms

Team USA Olympic Opening Ceremony uniforms unveiled

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The U.S. Olympic Team Opening Ceremony uniform cardigans are a patchwork design of stars, stripes and Olympic rings.

The Ralph Lauren outfits — made-in-the-USA kits of wool carted from Oregon, spun in Pennsylvania and North Carolina and knit in California, according to USA Today — were debuted on TODAY on Thursday by Olympic curlers Jared Zezel and Jessica Schultz.

The 2012 Olympic uniforms made by Ralph Lauren generated headlines for being mostly made in China.

“We’ve learned a lot,” David Lauren, executive vice president of global advertising, marketing and communications, told USA Today. “This is an important issue for many Americans and one we have fully embraced, and we want to continue to lead the way and find all kinds of vendors who can produce amazing products made in America.”

More than 40 domestic partners helped manufacture the uniforms.

“What I really enjoy when [I] look at it is I can see the patriotic spirit,” U.S. hockey player Julie Chu said, according to USA Today. “When everyone’s wearing it together, it makes a bold statement.”

Here are the prices for the apparel — cardigan emblazoned with stars ($598), cream cotton turtleneck sweater ($245), slim-fitting white fleece athletic pants bearing the “Team USA” label ($165), black leather boots with bright red laces ($395), a cotton belt accented with American graphics ($75) and a reindeer hat ($95).

All of the proceeds go to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

U.S. Olympic Team roster so far

WATCH LIVE: London Marathon

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Watch the world’s best distance runners chase world records at the London Marathon, live on NBCSN and commercial free on the NBC Sports Gold “Track and Field Pass” for subscribers on Sunday at 3:30 a.m. ET.

NBCSN coverage also streams on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app for subscribers.

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Sunday’s race start times (ET)
3:55 – Elite Wheelchair Races
4:00 – World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup ambulant races
4:15 – Elite Women’s Race
5:00 – Elite Men’s Race, Mass Race

The men’s field features arguably the two greatest distance runners of all time — Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele.

Kipchoge, the Rio Olympic marathon champ, ran the fastest marathon ever recorded — 2:00:25 in Nike’s sub-two-hour attempt last May in non-record-eligible conditions.

Bekele is the second-fastest marathoner in history under legal conditions, having run six seconds shy of Kenyan Dennis Kimetto‘s world record of 2:02:57 from 2014.

In the women’s race, Kenyan Mary Keitany, already the world-record holder in a women’s-only race, looks to take down Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s world record with male pacers set in London 15 years ago. That time is 2:15:25.

Keitany is challenged by Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba, the third-fastest female marathoner in history behind Keitany and Radcliffe.

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Teddy Riner, dominant judoka, to skip 2018, 2019 Worlds

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French judoka Teddy Riner, arguably the world’s most dominant athlete, will reportedly skip the next two world championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

French coach Franck Chambily said Riner will compete a light international schedule the next two years ahead of what would be his fourth Olympics, according to Agence France-Presse.

Riner, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-8-inch native of Guadeloupe, is undefeated since 2010 with a reported 144-match winning streak. That includes Olympic titles in 2012 and 2016 and world titles in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Before the streak, Riner also earned world titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010, plus an Olympic bronze at age 19 in 2008.

He could compete through the 2024 Paris Games.

“When I am invincible, I will stop,” Riner said in 2013, according to The Associated Press.

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