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August 4, 2008
U.S. team will be fashionably attired

Never let it be said that the average couch potato Olympics viewer can't look stylish while watching world-class athletes compete - especially the U.S. team.

Most of us will tune in to at least some portion of Friday night's Opening Ceremony from Beijing. And when the U.S. team marches into the stadium they'll be fashionably outfitted in Polo Ralph Lauren attire.

The company was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to outfit the team for their parade appearances at both the beginning and the end of the Games. Try as I might, they're keeping the outfits top secret until Friday night.

A global audience - estimated to be at more than 4 billion - is much better for a fashion parade!

Polo also has designed a variety of outfits for the athletes to wear when they're hanging out in the Olympic Village. What I do know is that the Opening Ceremony attire will be more tailored; the Closing Ceremony attire more sporty.

As for the rest of us, certain apparel from the collection (including limited-edition pieces) can be purchased at select Polo Ralph Lauren stores and at the U.S. Olympic Committee Web site. Just click here.

One of the items that caught my eye is the Ralph Lauren men's Beijing Mesh Duofold Jacket (pictured) for $144.99. There's women's clothing and accessories, too.

As far as fan favorites, I'm not sure anything will top (no pun intended) the U.S. team's beret from the Salt Lake City Winter Games (2002)

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