Share Share: July 3, 2016 August 5, 2016 Broad stripes and bright stars: Team USA’s most patriotic Olympic uniforms Move over, Zoolander--no model, real or fictional, can beat Team USA's Olympians when it comes to modeling the many fashions inspired by the American flag. From left: Swimmers Peter Vanderkaay, Ricky Berens, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Move over, Zoolander–no model, real or fictional, can beat Team USA’s Olympians when it comes to modeling the many fashions inspired by the American flag. From left: Swimmers Peter Vanderkaay, Ricky Berens, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The bronze medal-winning gymnasts at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics–Betty Okino, Wendy Bruce, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Kerri Strug and Kim Zmeskal–stand tall in their USA-adorned podium jackets. What country was Maya Lawrence (right) representing in women’s fencing epee at the London Olympics? It was as plain as the mask on her face. Gymnast Dominique Dawes took the spotlight with her star-adorned leotard at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Lebron James knows that the best way to accessorize a Team USA uniform is to simply grab the nearest flag. The Magnificent Seven gymnasts–Amanda Borden, Dominique Dawes, Amy Chow, Jaycie Phelps, Dominique Moceanu, Kerri Strug and Shannon Miller–rewrote history when they won team gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Kerri Strug’s heroic vault and subsequent missing pants made the moment especially iconic. Competing in front of a home crowd at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Mary Lou Retton became the first U.S. female gymnast to win all-around gold. Preparing for a backstroke race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, swimmer Natalie Couglin shows how perfectly her striped legs match her starred torso. Gymnast Shawn Johnson claimed balance beam gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics wearing a blue and red leotard with a flame-like pattern. Venus Williams added an extra dose of red, white and blue to her uniform at the 2012 London Olympics with her colorful braids and nails. In case an American flag at hyperspeed wasn’t eye-catching enough, gymnast Aly Raisman added two armfuls of crystals to her leotard at the 2012 London Olympics. Twin sisters Sarah and Karen Josephson won synchronized swimming gold with a patriotic routine at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Diver Laura Wilkinson made a splash in the stars and stripes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Michael Jordan won his second Olympic gold in men’s basketball at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Equestrian athletes Will Simpson, Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden and McLain Ward won gold in the team jumping event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and swapped their helmets for USA baseball caps. Groovy archer Darell Pace matched a classic polo with a very 80’s afro and stache at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Carl Lewis anchored the U.S. men’s 4x100m relay to a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In the banana hammock days of yore, swimmers like Rowdy Gaines at the 1984 Games only had room for a few stars and stripes on their briefs. Indoor volleyball player Destinee Hooker ruled in red at the 2012 Olympics. Julianne McNamera did a star-spangled flip at the 1984 Olympics. Team USA’s long tradition of cheesy Opening Ceremony outfits includes the visors and tracksuits of the 1984 Olympics. The always stylish Florence Griffith Joyner added a thin belt to her red and white uniform at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Proving his versatility, Jordan Burroughs first expertly modeled a blue version of Team USA’s wrestling uniform… …and then took the equally flattering red uniform out for a spin on the mat. Summer Sanders looks thrilled to be wearing a Betsy Ross-meets-Tron swimsuit at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. It doesn’t get any better than four proud American women wearing three-story high (almost) USA letters. While not technically an athlete, Sam the Olympic Eagle must be recognized for having the best bow-tie at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. How many different ways can the American flag be adapted into sportswear?