Audiences Puzzled by US Athletes Apparently Wearing Uniforms With Russian Flag

© REUTERS / Brendan McDermidCliff Meidl, two-time U.S. Olympic athlete, models the official Team USA Opening Ceremony flag bearer outfit which will include special electroluminescent panels, at the Polo Ralph Lauren store in New York City, U.S., July 29, 2016
Cliff Meidl, two-time U.S. Olympic athlete, models the official Team USA Opening Ceremony flag bearer outfit which will include special electroluminescent panels, at the Polo Ralph Lauren store in New York City, U.S., July 29, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The new US national Olympic team’s opening ceremony uniform design raised quite a few eyebrows around the world because some of its components bear a striking resemblance to the Russian flag.

On July 29 Ralph Lauren and the United States Olympic Committee proudly unveiled the design of the US team’s 2016 Opening Ceremony uniforms.

But while many people rushed to praise the stylish look of the new garments, others were quick to point out one very strange detail – the fact that the color pattern of athletes’ striped T-shirts sticking out of their buttoned-up blazers clearly resembles the Russian national flag.

And while the color sets of the two countries’ flags are quite similar, the way the stripes on the US athletes’ outfits are aligned – exactly like the white, blue and red bars on the Russian flag —  it looks either like a very strange coincidence or a rather embarrassing accident. Who knows, maybe Russia’s next Olympic outfit will be featuring stars and stripes!

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