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The Today Show's Matt Lauer introduces the world to the new uniforms.     Photo: Via NBC/Twitter

Olympic Uniforms Are Ugly

Designed by Ralph Lauren for the opening ceremony

The U.S. Olympic team's uniforms for the opening ceremonies at Sochi were unveiled Thursday on the Today Show with Matt Lauer and the reactions have been, ah, not so terrific.

The uniforms, designed by Ralph Lauren, were modeled on the show by figure skater Evan Lysacek, hockey player Julie Chu, ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis, and freestyle skiers Hannah Kearney and Alex Schlopy.

The Outside staff had this to say about them.

"It looks like the Oompa-lympics. Don't eat the candy." — Whitney James, Assistant Editor 

"They look like a cross between Christmas ornaments and elves." — Nick Kelley, Online Editorial Assistant

"Betsy Ross meets Goodwill sweaters." – Eric Brown, Online Intern

"Is this the Winter Olympics or an international ugly sweater party?" — Stephen Kasica, Online Editorial Assistant

"Oh dear. Those sweater-blazers (?) are a little busy." — Whitney Dreier, Associate Online Editor

"They're an embarrassment." — Scott Rosenfield, Associate Online Managing Editor 

Fellow Olypmpic athlete Lolo Jones even weighed in on the outfits.

Oof. At least they're made in America this year, right?

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To prepare for this feat, Solarz logged 150-mile weeks for two months. During the race, he ingested bananas, hummus wraps, granola bars, and sports drinks—more than 5,000 calories total.

"This was the most physically demanding of all my six Guinness records," Solarz told CNBC. "I knew that the record was just within my reach, but I would need to get in the best shape of my life."

In addition to the treadmill record, Solarz holds two records for marathon running, one for climbing 33,000 feet in fewer than 12 hours, one for hitting all 468 stops on the New York City subway in less than 23 hours, and another for drinking at 250 bars in in day.


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