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Team USA Athletes

Our Olympic Sweaters

Are UUUUGLY

1/26/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The biggest threat to morale for Team USA at Sochi this year is ... a SWEATER -- this according to several American athletes who tell TMZ Sports their Olympics outfits are straight up ugly.

Ralph Lauren just revealed the U.S. opening ceremony outfits the other day ... and the jocks we spoke to tell us there's a buzz in the Olympic community about how unattractive they are.

"Initially, the reaction was 'Are we REALLY wearing that?" ... one Team USA athlete told us.

Another reaction -- "HAHAHAHAHA, oh man ..."

Another Olympian was more optimistic -- saying, "Maybe people will see us wearing the sweaters and they'll become a trend. Or maybe they'll be worn at ugly sweater parties."

One thing's for sure -- the design isn't turning off fans.  The online team store is SOLD OUT of the sweaters … which cost a cool $595-a-pop.

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4 COMMENTS

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1.

StevenB    

There is way too much going on on the sweater and frankly, look like something grandmas wear to the bake sale at church. But I guarantee, those won't be the worst.

Have you seen Norway's? Yikes!

240 days ago
2.

Clytemnestra    

Which is worse? This or the year he made his logo so damn huge? A toss up, but he must be paying millions for the opportunity to publicize his brand. Too bad he doesn't design them for praise instead of controversy. But that would diminish his publicity.

239 days ago
3.

Vote2012    

They were not able to get China to make them so they decided to get the local church ladies to knit them sweaters.

238 days ago

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