August 2, 2012, - 1:37 pm

Why Are the US Olympic Committee, Nike So Anti-American? The Gray Uniforms

By Debbie Schlussel

Remember when US Olympians were patriotic and proud to win Olympic Gold Medals representing America? Well, that time has passed, and red, white, and blue is out, replaced by that new all-American color . . . prison gray?!

I’m not watching the televised Olympic coverage on NBC because of the Olympic Games history of anti-Semitism, anti-Israel, and Islamo-pandering sentiments and actions. But there is one thing that I cannot miss in all of the photos and news reports of the games: the unpatriotic, un-American, dull gray color of the Olympic uniforms all Team USA athletes wear when they are on the medal stand. Why was the U.S. Olympic Committee so embarrassed of the red, white, and blue that is normally emblazoned on U.S. Olympians’ medal stand warm-ups? I don’t think I need to ask the question, since it’s been very clear for years that the USOC doesn’t give a crap about patriotism and doesn’t want to offend the rest of the world by wearing the red, white, and blue that we used to be so proud of–the colors of our flag for which our soldiers risk their lives every single day. It’s disgusting and embarrassing. Check out the pictures below. In every single contemporary Olympic Games, America’s athletes wore uniforms that had at least one of the red, white, and blue colors that represent our country, if not all of them. Now, it’s just the embarrassing, Obama-esque, un-American gray. Sad. Very sad. The U.S. Olympic Committee is blaming this on Nike, saying Nike picked the color to show off the athletes’ faces. Huh? The USOC calls all the shots and could have insisted on red, white, and blue, but didn’t care. And the gray just makes it look like our athletes are caught in a storm on a dark, cloudy day. Or that they are prison inmates. Why the heck would we allow Nike to decide on gray for Americans? We are so embarrassed to be Americans now that we hide our national colors. Betsy Ross is turning over in her grave.

NOW – Unpatriotic, Stormcloud, Prison Gray . . .


US Olympic Swimmers on Medal Stand in 2012 London Games


US Olympic Gymnasts on Medal Stand in 2012

THEN . . .


Before He Became a Post-Op Transsexual Woman, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Decathlete Bruce Jenner on the Medal Stand (1976)



Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson & Other U.S. Olympic Basketball Dream Team Olympic Gold Medalists on Medal Stand (1992)

MORE . . .



U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmers Michael Phelps (2008), Mark Spitz (1972) on the Medal Stand


U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Gymnast Bart Conner on the Medal Stand (1984)


U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Diver Greg Louganis on the Medal Stand (1988)

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68 Responses

Grey is the low profile colour that reflects the obamaesque weather.

Where is the proud and patriotic USA i used to know ?

jean vercors on August 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    The dems have sold us out to 3rd world countries for………. a vote.

    As Goes... on August 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      I correct myself from “dems” to POLITICIANS EVERYWHERE!

      As Goes... on August 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I was thinking the EXACT SAME THING!!! What a disgrace!

Georgianna on August 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Are you Kidding me? Calling Bruce Jenner a Post-Op Transsexual Woman in a photo caption? I am not a fan of the him or his dysfunctional family. But exactly what purpose does that serve, other than to showcase your disgust for said certain individuals? You have a good news site, with valuable information on the true Islamic threat not found elsewhere. But you lose credibility with snarky comments like that. Stick to the news. Don’t give conservatives a bad name by lowering your standard to name-calling.

B: He was a very good-looking guy and ruined it by getting a million plastic surgery operations. I’ve made fun of him for years on this site. Not gonna stop now. Credibility is diminished when false information is disseminated as fact. In this case, Bruce Jenner’s plastic surgery obsession and resulting post-op tranny look is fact. Credibility very much intact. DS

Bob on August 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Hey, Bob,

    The kindest think you can say about Bruce Jenner is . . . He must be mentally ill. It is obvious the females run that house.

    As Goes... on August 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Good looking? Debbie, seriously, he looked lie a woman then, too. One who needed chin reconstruction. I always found him repulsive to look at.

    Italkit on August 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Italkit, I’m with Debbie on this one. I was barely old enough to notice, but I was old enough to notice.

      That he would emasculate himself this way is indeed something to criticze, if only for aesthetic reasons.

      skzion on August 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Bob I had a hearty laugh out loud fit when I saw that caption! It made my day! :D

    Skunky on August 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Skunky, it seems that Bob is a little confused.

      “You misunderstand what I mean by credibility. I am not counting whether the information is correct; I am doubting your credibility for having snarky comments about someone.”

      Apparently, Bob finds someone credible not because the information is factual. For Bob, it is whether he likes what is being said that is the true acid test.

      Bob fails to understand that the truth can be disagreeable. Covering it up with mental Malox will not make it all go away.

      Personally, I do not like people who tell me agreeable lies or pander.

      If you want your feelings to remain unhurt and your various biases unchallenged, the USA Today Newspaper is always available. It is watered down oatmeal for the mind.

      Worry01 on August 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm

        Very nicely said Worry!

        Skunky on August 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    TMZ just called BRUCE JENNER a henpecked lesbian BAHAHAHA

    As goes... on August 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I would just like to point out an extremely large elephant in the room that no one ever seems to take notice of. In addition to the United States, the following countries all have flags that consist of the colors Red, White & Blue:

Australia
Cambodia
Chile
Cuba
The Czech Republic
France
Great Britain
Iceland
Laos
Liberia
Luxembourg
Nepal
The Netherlands
New Zeland
North Korea
Norway
Panama
Russia
Samoa
Slovakia
Slovenia
Taiwan
Thailand

Perhaps the olympic committee just wanted to distinguish the Americans from the host country (who’s athletes ARE all decked out in Red, White & Blue).

Irving on August 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Hey, Irving,

    BALLS!

    As Goes... on August 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    So they went with Communist Gray, eh? What are we, freakin’ China?! You want neutral go with black.
    At least it’s not wishy/washy and drab…like commie gray.

    theShadow on August 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm

So because ONE outfit of our team is grey, suddenly it’s because we are afraid of offending other? Look all of our teams outfits, please. There is tons of red, white and blue, nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, some outfits, are more flashy and more patriotic than ever. So please don’t go thrashing the US team based on ONE outfit. Also, in this modern day and age, outfits fit modern fashion trends, so they are not going to be the same, flashy 80s style anymore.

Times change, our patriotism doesn’t.

Matt on August 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Just one question, Matt…

    Does it hurt to be that stupid?

    It is soooo obvious a blind mind in Jersey can see that our colors have been diverted to gray.

    What is wrong with you? Does some mosque pay you for your propaganda?

    Oh, I am not watching the olympics either. It is too politically anti American for my taste.

    As Goes... on August 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Maybe Nike’s Chinese suppliers would only offer gray. (These uniforms do remind me of the old Mao jackets.)

Raymond in DC on August 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Nike probably got a great deal on the fabric.
    “Color, sure we have lot of color. You want light gray, dark gray or maybe go with medium gray?”
    Say, I wonder what % the Lead content of the dye is?
    Don’t laugh. I think Lead is their #1 export.

    theShadow on August 2, 2012 at 11:45 pm

You know what – the other day Drudge had a picture of a bunch of gymnast girls that won a gold medal all dressed in gray and I didn’t know what country they were from! Now I know. It’s so pathetic. I don’t watch the olympics for many of the same reasons as you Debbie and I’ve always found the summer events to be particularly boring, but I always had tears in my eyes when the American, dressed in the flag colors, stood on the podium with pride when they played the national anthem. Do they even play the national anthem anymore or maybe they play some Obama song?

David on August 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    You got it, Dave, Citizens of the Global Government where individuality is strongly discouraged and happiness is to be squashed by soul deadening gray, non-colorful clothing, buildings and everything else.

    Italkit on August 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm

It is plenty offensive. Don’t tell me I am paying for it, please!!

As Goes... on August 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

The color is listed as “obamapology gray.”

DS_ROCKS! on August 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    DSR, that drew blood. Bravo.

    skzion on August 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm

It doesn’t surprise me.

I’m not watching the Games either – but still where’s the sense of pride in our country?

The USOC should be embarrassed – not that it has any shame.

NormanF on August 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

The USOC goal is to make as much money as possible, EVERYTHING else be damned.

David on August 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    And, yet they lose money every time!

    As Goes... on August 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I’m not going to blame Obama for team USA in all of the olympic games to wear the dull and boring looking powdered-grey suit, as Debbie explained in this piece, the blame goes on the USOC, not Nike or any politican in this country.

I to am not following the olympics, I could careless, but last I checked, the US has 35 medals total, while China has 33, it’s the Team USA and Team China neck-and-neck regarding total medals accounted.

Are any of you ready for some goddamn football? I am ready for football season to start (both NCAA and NFL alike), because my NY Mets are somewhat pissing me off again with their post-All Star game dullards by losing more games than winning!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on August 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Not that I care about this PAGANFEST but Debbie is right about the colors. Of course, they could just go back to doing what the original Olympians did and compete naked. Some of the women’s uniforms are almost there anyway. Those suits that the water polo team wear are a joke as clothing and one already had a “wardrobe malfunction” during play.

Italkit on August 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Uh…last I checked wasn’t the person wearing the gear more important than the gear itself? How about we try and keep our eye on the ball, folks.

P: You and Nike have the same attitude. But the Olympics are not about the individual. That’s why they are organized by country. The athletes are there as AMERICANS. DS

Pete on August 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Yah, Pete, Hellooooo! That’s the aim of the Global Government. Make the individual disappear. It’s not Gabby Douglas’ or Michael Phelps’ personal talent that got them where they are. It’s their UNunique personhood, which we ALL possess that is important. Keep your eye on the ball because, hey! we can all do it if we really want to.

    Italkit on August 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Sorry, Pete, I misread your comment. I thought you were agreeing with the lack of individuality. Debbie, the Olympics have always been about individuality. Saying they don’t, diminishes the victory of, oh, I don’t know, Jesse Owens, maybe?

      Italkit on August 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I’m not American, but to me the athletes are clearly so. The flags are prominent on the jackets, at least two of them.

I can’t remember the last time I watched the Olympics. I can’t be doing with all the hypocrisy and political shenanigans.

Alison on August 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm

@ Sean R. “I’m not going to blame Obama”

I have to disagree.

While Obama may not have made the actual order to America to wear dubious, grey, low-profile colors with a tiny reference to the flag, 4 years of apologizing, dismantling, lowering the rating of, increasing divisiveness and removing systematically America’s exceptionalism, has made it acceptable, p.c. and almost necessary for Americans to be or act ashamed and/or embarrassed for our alleged transgressions of the past 240 years.

It would have seemed weird, to say the least, for American athletes to appear wearing gray suits with microscopic flags in any previous Olympics, now in this one, Europeans and the rest of the world can smile smugly as it being a small gesture of us getting our “comeuppance” in the eyes of the “enlightened” and “progressive.”

DS_ROCKS! on August 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Bravo DS_Rocks! I liked what you said!

    Also this IS the creeping incrementalism of the LEFT. The IOC is clearly Left and most Lefties are openly embarrassed about being patriotic.

    After 9/11 EVERYONE and their grandma (and the grandmas were prolly truly patriotic…as long as they were NOT Lefties) had their flag out. I remember being shocked at the time because I knew it was lemming mentality and now NO ONE hardly has their flags out. It makes me sick.

    Also remember that “Super Man” movie where they took out “…and the American Way.” and replaced it with …and all that stuff.” Creeping incrementilism.

    Great post DS_Rocks!

    Skunky on August 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Did you ever stop to consider that the grey warmups may be an attempt to pay homage to the US Army who has had Grey and Black PT uniforms for at least 10 years? When I first saw the athalets on the medal stand I couldn’t believe how similar their warm ups wwere to the Army Grey and black that I wore so proudly for 22 years. just Sayin’ Go USA!

T: Perhaps you missed part of the post. It has nothing to do with this, since, as I noted, Nike already said they made the uniforms gray to focus on the faces of the athletes and make them stand out. Has nothing to do with the US Army. DS

Tom on August 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    uh, no debbie, I didn’t miss part of the article. How do you know what inspired the individual that came up with the design, inspite of the corporate reason given. “Nike” didn’t design these uniforms, an individual who works for Nike did. Are you in possession of some esoteric knowledge as to what their muse was? Do you know for sure that this individual doesn’t have a family member who served? Are you saying that the color grey is somehow unpatriotic just because it isn’t red, white, and blue? (By the way, in the 70’s and early 80’s the Army pt uniform was bright yellow, and in the late 80’d thru 90’s it was grey sweatpants and hoodies. Now it is a grey nylon shell with black pants.) Anyway, regardless of the reasons, why are you so angry about it? Just because YOU don’t like the uniforms. Sounds like you have issues. Why don’t you try channeling some of that angst in a more positive direction like perhaps submitting a design of your own to the committee for the next team uniforms? Give it a rest.

    Tom on August 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm

      Tom, I think the person with issues is you. BTW, some of the most wicked treasonous villians were former military, perfectly paralleling the wicked Jewish anti-Semites.

      skzion on August 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Tom when i saw them last night my first thought was that they look similar so i wondered that, (although i doubt it ) not sure what the reasoning is behind it but nevertheless I’d rather see the colors, i mean look at the Magic Johnson pic, thats what i rather see

Tim on August 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm

HATE THE GREY UNIFORMS!!! It is so institutional communist country looking! And terribly unpatriotic! Whoever designed these and whoever approved these does not understand our patriotism for the RED, WHITE and BLUE!!

Turquoisa on August 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    i really enjoy watching the olympics. i absolutely hate the gray uniforms. it is clearly unpatriotic. i dont understand why these uniforms were chosen, but like other post have described they do look institutional and very unamerican. they do not celebrate our colors the great red, white and blue. its so obvious even my young children asked why the americans weren’t wearing our patr
    iotic colors. it’s a true disgrace.

    Tina on August 6, 2012 at 1:59 am

To acknowledge that very similar gray uniforms have been worn by the U.S. Army for over a decade while simultaneously calling the U.S. Olympic teams version “un-American” is ridiculous, whatever Nike’s stated reasons are for designing them that way. Are the Army uniforms un-American? Btw, they were instituted under the Bush administration. Hypocrites.

O: HUH? Who acknowledged any such thing? That’s like saying, they are the same color as charcoal and since we use charcoal in the country, that probably inspired it. Nonsense. These are Olympic athletes, not soldiers in the U.S. Army. What does one have to do with the other? Absolutely nothing. Common sense, please. Show me one army around the world that has its uniforms in the colors of its country’s flag (and I’ll show you a banana republic). That would be stupid and clown-like. At the Olympics, most proud countries have their warm-ups in their country’s national colors, usually those of the flag. Here’s a tip: our flag is not now nor has it ever been Maobama prison gray. And until this Olympic Games, our warm-up uniforms for the medal stand have been red, white, blue, or some combination thereof. DS

OIF veteran on August 3, 2012 at 12:08 am

I’m sure there’s a certain segment of viewers that think the gray uniforms are just “fabulous”. The gray makes such a marvelous background for those beautiful lavender ribbons that the medals are fastened to. The bouquets, together with the uniforms and ribbons, look just absolutely lovely on those guys.

Everything’s about being gay friendly these days, including the Olympics.

CornCoLeo on August 3, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Corn, you have to be nuts to think that gay men would want to make male athletes unattractive. Please don’t blame the gays on this one.

    skzion on August 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I find the communist Gray to be a slap in the face of all USA Citizens and urge you all to DUMP NIKE products. Send them a clear message they only understand – The bottom line. NO GRAY. NO MADE IN CHINA. No radical Left-wing socialist dictator and self appointed fascist presidential colors.

FU NIKE!

Oblabber on August 3, 2012 at 2:56 am

I personally think the new uniforms are great because they look like the army pt uniforms all the soldiers wear in the United States Army when doing physical training. I don’t expect all you civilians to understand but to a soldier like me there’s nothing more patriotic than a US olympian looking like a soldier ready for intense physical training.

delsin on August 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    You wouldn’t show up at an award ceremony wearing your Army fatigues covered in soil and sweat would you? You’d go clean up and put on a proper uniform, wouldn’t you think?

    theShadow on August 4, 2012 at 1:41 am

The uniforms remind me of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CaMUfxVJVQ

How terribly patriotic./sarc

KerryB29 on August 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I like the grey and was actually surfing the web trying to see if you purchase the suit, when I ran across your post.
Anyone know if they will be or are for purchase?

TexCandi on August 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Bruce Jenners face lift pulled his face so tight it also apparently caused his testicles to be pulled into his belly…disgusting shell of his former self!

Gene on August 4, 2012 at 12:24 am

This jacket is completely 3M but as flash photography is banned under Olympic regulations, you don’t get to see it in its true glory. Pretty bad call from Nike in the end.

Daniel on August 4, 2012 at 2:13 am

@ delsin ” I don’t expect all you civilians to understand but to a soldier like me there’s nothing more patriotic than a US olympian looking like a soldier ready for intense physical training.”

Speaking as a Gen-X elder vet, myself (Army, ’79 – ’84 – 19D), we did PT in our fatigues and combat boots. This crap with “black and gray” PT “outfits” and “sneakers” for the new Army makes it seem like high school gym class. Something a soldier should be embarrassed of – like those sissy-French-looking little berets that Petraus instituted.

And BTW, I still run 3.2 miles/day in combat boots. Never had a foot problem in my life.

DS_ROCKS! on August 4, 2012 at 4:02 am

It will be interesting to see the American uniforms in four years. Patriotic colors made in the USA in would imagine. Nike and Ralph Lauren have taken a lot of heat this time around.

sce on August 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Oh, forgot to add that the only soldiers who should wear berets are SF. Petraus’ instituting berets for all soldiers was besides being un-American (so we seem less threatening and more Euro-like), it was a slap in the face to SF, the elite soldiers who historically wore green berets because they *earned* them.

DS_ROCKS! on August 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

What the hell does the color of the uniform jacket have to do with Obama! You are nuts, right? Good grief, people like you will blame him for everything you don’t like. Too much hate in your heart.

Moosie on August 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Debbie,

you’re wonderful, but you need to look at the source of the Grey uniform; NIKE and Uncle Phil Knight who is the grand benefactor the University of Oregon

US Athletes aren’t sporting Communist Grey, they’re sporting University of Oregon grey.

This is about product and brand placement blurring the lines between Phil Knight Sponsored, University of Oregon and US Olympic teams.

Essentially what Phil Knight is trying to do is make Oregon and the US Olympic athletes one and the same.

Pretty dodgy either way.

James on August 4, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I’d add that the uniforms manage to take intrinsically attractive people (world-class athletes) and make them as unattractive unattractive as possible.

skzion on August 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm

take a good look at some of those red white and blue uniforms ..they look like clown outfits..i think the entire world knows us colours..think st laurent would kill himself before designing something like that..blending in is also safer from all the us haters.walk softly and carry the big medals

del on August 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Because training your entire life to represent your country AND winning gold just isn’t enough for you people is it?

Jared Johnstone on August 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm

So wearing black and reflective grey is unamerican? All of these comments and opinion about that are so unbelievable, and saying it’s somehow obamas fault, dear god you guys are absurd. . As If wearing any colors could some how make an athlete less patriotic, theyre on the stand with our flag above them and our anthem possibly being blared.. The clothing doesn’t make a difference! At least we look better then every other country on the medal stands. Nike hooked the athletes up!!

Jon on August 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Well good thing no one give two sh**s about your opinion or anybody on here leaving comments about how unpatriotic these outfits are. They look great and a lot of people must agree cause they made it all the way to the medal stand. USA lookin fresh =] hahaha

Jon on August 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I can’t believe the color of the uniforms has everyone’s knickers in a twist. They are gray. Get over it. It’s not a conspiracy or political action. It is a color. My car is gray, My kitchen is gray, I wear grey shirts, does that make me a communist and “Anti-American” ? NO. It does not. It just means that I like a minimalistic look. I think that it’s sad that some of you refuse to watch the Olympics because of crazy conspiracy theories. The whole point is to bring countries and people together for the love of sports, excellence, and unity. Is it not enough that these people train everyday all day since they were in grade school? I would like to see you do what these people do. They are doing America proud and overcoming physical feats none of you can dream of doing yourself. Get over yourselves. Plus, If you hate the colors so much become the head of Nike and change it. But I’m guessing you won’t. Thank you American athletes and athletes across the world.

KAM on August 10, 2012 at 1:36 am

All you people that have politics on your mind need to stop. Everything that is world based doesn’t always come down to just that. People in this country need to start supporting these athletes that train years on end to compete against the world’s best. I guess some of you keyboard warriors on here have never play or trained for a sport in you life. These american athletes don’t give a damn about politics during the games and that’s all they are is games, nothing more. Oh back to the uniforms, THEY ARE JUST WARM-UPS PEOPLE. What should matter is the ones they are competing in, which i think represent our country perfectly. With the letters USA big and bold going across their chest. If that isn’t patriotism in these athletes then i don’t know what is.

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    I completely and whole-heartedly agree with you.

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