Four weeks too late, we have a belated winner for this year's ugly Christmas sweater contest: The U.S. Olympics Team, racking up their first of what we hope will be many victories!
Though we expect the others will be much more pleasant to look at.
The Ralph Lauren-designed Opening Ceremony uniform (own your own Team USA sweater for just $595!) was unveiled Thursday and the good news here is that unlike their uniforms for the 2012 Olympics, these were made in America.
The bad news is everything else.
Oh wow, those US Olympic sweaters look like my colorblind grandmother knitted them.
— Ben Collin (TTBB) (@bennyc50) January 23, 2014
Millenial irony + white affluent people = U.S. Winter Olympic ugly sweaters.
— Joel Lehman (@jlehman246) January 23, 2014
Olympic athletes work so hard for all those years so they can wear ugly sweaters at the Opening Ceremonies. Sorry! pic.twitter.com/ItaeyLgV1M
— Andrea Farmer (@andreainindy) January 23, 2014
Let's hope that these olympic uniforms represent the peak of "Douche Chic" fashion & we'll be done with this as soon as possible.
— Ryan F. (@ryanhide) January 23, 2014
The uniforms for the US olympic team opening ceremony look like ugly Christmas sweaters. #tackyAmericans
— Laura (@imahistorygeek) January 23, 2014
The Christmas sweater comparison seems to be the most popular take, but just to make this a truly cross-cultural critique (the Olympics bring the world together, after all), there's a pretty good Yiddish word to describe the sweaters too: Ungapatchka, which basically means a busy, jumbled mix of random stuff.
Though for a more precise definition, just tune into the Olympic Opening Ceremonies and wait for Team USA to walk out.