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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.

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Olympic Track and Field Trials leave Eugene

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The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials are leaving Eugene, Ore., for the Los Angeles area.

Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in Walnut, Calif., 20 miles east of LA, will host the 10-day event in 2020.

Eugene, which hosted the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials, and Sacramento, host in 2000 and 2004, also bid for the USA Track and Field (USATF) event.

“USATF’s board of directors voted to award the Olympic Trials to Mt. SAC based upon its desire to take the sport’s biggest event to the country’s second-largest media market; the historical strength of the sport in the Los Angeles area; Mt. SAC’s record of hosting elite track events that produce top performances; and a $62 million upgrade to Mt. SAC’s Hilmer Lodge Stadium that will enable the venue to expand to a seating capacity of more than 21,000,” USATF said in a press release.

Mt. SAC previously hosted the 1960 Olympic Trials and annually hosts a popular relays meet in April.

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Wayde van Niekerk breaks another Michael Johnson record

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Wayde van Niekerk broke another Michael Johnson record, running the fastest-ever 300m in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Wednesday.

Van Niekerk, who broke Johnson’s 400m world record of 43.18 in Rio with a 43.03, ran 30.81 seconds in Ostrava. Video is here.

Johnson’s previous world best in the rarely contested event was 30.85, clocked at altitude in Pretoria in 2000, his final season.

Van Niekerk previously ran 31.03 over 300m in Kingston, Jamaica, last year. At the time, only Johnson and Usain Bolt (30.97 in 2010, also in Ostrava) had run faster in the non-Olympic event.

Johnson, also the former 200m world-record holder (lowered by Bolt in 2008 and 2009), is left with one world record still standing from the 1993 World Championships 4x400m relay.

Van Niekerk is preparing for the world championships in August in London, where he is expected to contest the 200m and 400m.

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