Thursday, Nike unveiled its new USA Track and Field uniforms, boldly proclaiming their better aerodynamics could lead to the difference between American sprinters being on or off the podium in the 100-, 200- or 400-meter dashes.
But of course, most Team USA fans won't care about that; they'll just want to know how cool the uniforms look, right? And the answer is ... well, judging by these Nike promotional shots featuring Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, and hurdler David Oliver, they're kinda cool:
First off: that's a heck of a lot of red on the women's bodysuits, isn't it? Second, there's a lot going on here for a sport that usually keeps things stripped down, uni-wise--the white panels on the legs and arms, the different-shade-of-red panel across the chest-and-shoulders, the flag and swoosh and stylized U-S-A all crammed into the very top of the shirt because heaven knows we can't just keep it to a single swoosh on the legs.
We're actually a fan of the "U-S-A," middle-school angular "S" and all, which we think looks snazzy when given room to breathe on the U.S.A.'s new basketball jerseys. And of course, final judgment can only come when we see them in action on our TV screens this summer.
But here's wishing Nike had kept things just a little on the simpler side.