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Grading The Olympic Sweaters

from Paul Lukas of ESPN,

If you're used to NHL hockey, the Olympic version of the sport is almost unrecognizable. There are no fights, no octopus being tossed onto the ice and no Reebok logo on the blue line.

No familiar uniforms, either, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, because a lot of the uni designs we'll be seeing at Sochi are pretty sharp. They were developed by Nike, and many of them should be a pleasure to watch (although Nike's latest visual signature -- a faux lace-up collar -- is a serious fly in the ointment). Let's take a country-by-country look, in alphabetical order...

continued (Canada, Czech Repulic and Russia get an A grade)

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SYF's avatar

I like Team USA’s sweater overall; the sparkly stars design on the shoulders is tacky, though.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 02/07/14 at 01:41 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I like Sweden (of course), Austria, and Slovenia (yes, it’s actually nice to see a different color scheme for once).  Germany would have solid ones too had they qualified, they always do.  They’d look kinda’ like Austria’s to be honest.  Latvia’s darks/reds are also good.

The rest are absolute evidence that the IOC/IIHF did a really dumb thing by telling countries what they could and couldn’t put on the sweaters.  They just now have worse sweaters all around.  Just let them all go back to having their country’s federation logo on them if they want, please?

Posted by Primis on 02/07/14 at 01:52 PM ET

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