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July 02, 2019

The best Team USA uniforms in Team USA history

US And Russian Hockey Teams Competing In The 1980 Winter Olympics, The Miracle On Ice

US And Russian Hockey Teams Competing In The 1980 Winter Olympics, The Miracle On Ice

Lake Placid, NY - 1980: Jim Craig, United States team vs Russian team, competing in the Men\'s ice hockey tournament, the \'Miracle on Ice\', at the 1980 Winter Olympics / XIII Olympic Winter Games, Olympic Fieldhouse. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Photo by: ABC Photo Archives

ABC Photo Archives

Red, white, and blue. Stars, stripes, and miracles. Sports bras, sweater vests, tassels, tracksuits, and, yes, even a little denim. The history of U.S. international sports—from golf to hockey to soccer and every javelin toss in between—is littered with epic fashion decisions, and to celebrate our democratic (AND PROUD OF IT!) sartorial lineage, we hopped in the ol' DeLorean for a suited-and-booted trip back in time. So grab a Bud, a rocket pop, and crank The Boss as we revisit the best Team USA uniforms in Team USA history.

1960 U.S. Women's Gymnastics

1960 Rome Summer Olympic Games

1960 Rome Summer Olympic Games

August 1960: USA gymnasts (from left to right) Betty Jean Maycock, Doris Fuchs, Sharon Richardson, Muriel Davis-Grossfeld, Gail Sontgerath, and Teri Montefusco pose in Rome's Stadio dei Marmi during the 1960 Rome Summer Olympic Games. (Photo by George Silk/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Photo by: George Silk

George Silk

The 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome were rife with retro goodness, but the U.S. Women's gymnastics team's very blue track suits were by far the grooviest.

1961 U.S. Ryder Cup

US Ryder Cup Team

US Ryder Cup Team

10th October 1961: The American Ryder Cup team leaving Euston Station, London, (left to right) Gerry Barber, Bill Collins, Gene Littler, Doug Ford, Arnold Palmer, Jay Herbert, Mike Souchait, Dow Finsterwald, Bill Casper and Art Wall. (Photo by Aubrey Hart/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Photo by: Aubrey Hart

Aubrey Hart

Those crisp white jackets are nice, but it's Arnie in full Casablanca mode that truly sets this ensemble over the top.

1980 U.S. Men's Hockey

US And Russian Hockey Teams Competing In The 1980 Winter Olympics, The Miracle On Ice

US And Russian Hockey Teams Competing In The 1980 Winter Olympics, The Miracle On Ice

Lake Placid, NY - 1980: United States team vs Russian team, competing in the Men's ice hockey tournament, the 'Miracle on Ice', at the 1980 Winter Olympics / XIII Olympic Winter Games, Olympic Fieldhouse. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Photo by: ABC Photo Archives

ABC Photo Archives

The real miracle here is timeless typography and tasteful use of stars.

1992 U.S. Men's Basketball

1992 USA Olympic Team  portrait

1992 USA Olympic Team portrait

BARCELONA, ESP - JUL 25: The 1992 USA Men's Basketball Olympic Team pose for a team portrait, seated front row (L-R): Physician , Scottie Pippen, Christian Laettner, Patrick Ewing, Head Coach Chuck Daly, David Robinson, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley. Standing (L-R) : Assistant coach Mike Krzyzewski, Assistant coach Lenny Wilkens, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Chris Mullin, Clyde Drexler, John Stockton, Assistant coach P. J. Carlesimo and trainer Ed LaCerte. Barcelona, Spain July 25, 1992. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 2002 (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/ NBAE/ Getty Images)

Photo by: Andrew D. Bernstein

Andrew D. Bernstein

The only thing dreamier than these legendary home whites are the crewnecks that came with them.

Classic Olympics

Classic Olympics

Aug 1992: Larry Bird (L) and Magic Johnson (R) of Team USA, the Dream Team, answers questions from the media after practice for the men's basketball competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Icon Sportswire)

Photo by: Icon Sportswire

Icon Sportswire

1994 U.S. Men's Soccer

US national team defender Alexi Lalas jumps in the

US national team defender Alexi Lalas jumps in the

FILES,- JUNE 22: US national team defender Alexi Lalas jumps in the air 22 June 1994 as he celebrates after the US defeated Colombia in their World Cup match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The US won their match 2-1. (Photo credit should read PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo by: PATRICK HERTZOG

PATRICK HERTZOG

Two words: Faux denim.

1994 Presidents Cup

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We interrupt your previously scheduled programming to remind you that the only good Presidents Cup uniform is a dead Presidents Cup uniform.

1999 U.S. Women's Soccer

1999 FIFA Women's World Cup

1999 FIFA Women's World Cup

PASADENA, CA - JULY 10: Mia Hamm #9 of the USA reacts during the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup final played against China on July 10, 1999 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)

Photo by: David Madison

David Madison

While a black sports bra remains the biggest style statement of 1999 World Cup, these clean home kits are a classic, inspiring the USMNT's equally awesome 2010 uniforms...

Soccer - 2010 FIFA World Cup - Round of 16 - USA vs. Ghana

Soccer - 2010 FIFA World Cup - Round of 16 - USA vs. Ghana

Landon Donovan of USA (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

Photo by: Matthew Ashton

Matthew Ashton

as well as the USWNT's own 2019 homages.

France v USA: Quarter Final - 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France

France v USA: Quarter Final - 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 28: Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States celebrates scoring during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France quarter-final match between France and the United States at Parc des Princes on June 28, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images).

Photo by: Brad Smith/ISI Photos

Brad Smith/ISI Photos

2012 U.S. Men's Basketball

Basketball - USA vs Spain - Men's Gold Medal game - London Olympic Games 2012

Basketball - USA vs Spain - Men's Gold Medal game - London Olympic Games 2012

The USA's LeBron James during the Men's Basketball Final between USA and Spain at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic games. London, UK. 12th August 2012. (Photo: Steve Christo) (Photo by Steve Christo/Corbis via Getty Images)

Photo by: Steve Christo - Corbis

Steve Christo - Corbis

Bold logo geometry and a subtle stars-and-stripes backsplash earn these London looks a permanent place in the U.S. trophy case.

Basketball - USA vs Spain - Men's Gold Medal game - London Olympic Games 2012

Basketball - USA vs Spain - Men's Gold Medal game - London Olympic Games 2012

The USA's LeBron James during the Men's Basketball Final between USA and Spain at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic games. London, UK. 12th August 2012. (Photo: Steve Christo) (Photo by Steve Christo/Corbis via Getty Images)

Photo by: Steve Christo - Corbis

Steve Christo - Corbis

2014 Ryder Cup

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GOLF-RYDER

Rickie Fowler of Team US chips onto the 13th green during Saturday's foursomes matches on the second day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Gleneagles Hotel in Gleneagles, Scotland, on September 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo by: GLYN KIRK

GLYN KIRK

While the 2014 Ryder Cup polos had more stripes than a DJ range sesh, the sweater look—designed by some guy named Ralph Lauren—is country club style 101.

2016 U.S. Olympic Golf

Golf - Olympics: Day 9

Golf - Olympics: Day 9

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Matt Kuchar of the United States plays his shot from the eighth tee during the final round of men's golf on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Golf Course on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Photo by: Ross Kinnaird

Ross Kinnaird

Not a huge sample size to pull from on the Olympic golf front, but of the looks on offer at Rio 2016, the "Sunday" reds were our favorite...even if that USA typeface does make it like you're just here to pitch a new season of Suits.

2018 U.S. Winter Olympics

2018 Winter Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

2018 Winter Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Team USA athletes are seen during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Photo by: Matthias Hangst

Matthias Hangst

Speaking of Ralph Lauren, the iconic designer steered hard into Americana for the U.S. Winter Olympics team's Opening Ceremony garb back in 2018. Reactions were mixed, but anything inspired by Lloyd Christmas gets an A-OK from us.

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