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Onesies are all the rage in Sochi — and Olympians think they'll catch on in the U.S.

Mike Oz
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Stray dogs and Olympic medals aren't the only things American athletes are bringing home from the Sochi Games. They've apparently gone to Russia and fallen in love with onesies. Yes, like babies and toddlers wear (and maybe Cam Newton, too).

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As the New York Times tells us, there's a store in Sochi called One Piece that's become a popular shopping destination for tourists and Olympians alike. Here, for example, is Team USA snowboarder Greg Bretz modeling a stars-and-stripes onesie.

 

Here are some German bobsledders:

A couple U.S. Olympians fancy themselves trendsetters and see one-piece pajama suits catching on back home (where, to be honest, some people are already 'bout that onesie life — check your local

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Target). But back to Sochi, here's more from The Times:

“I guarantee this is going to catch on in the States,” said Cory Butner, an American bobsledder who admired the onesies in the shop window on a recent afternoo

n. “In three months, they’ll be all over the States.”

What is the draw for the Olympians? Sure, they like to be comfortable when not in training. And many of them are used to wearing singlets. But there is something strange about seeing so many athletic savants wearing oversized pajamas. They shrug at quadruple flips three stories in the air and laugh at 90-miles-per-hour slides down ice chutes, but putting on pants and a shirt? Unbearably daunting. Better to give in and zip up.

“They’re just cool,” said Steven Langton, another American bobsledder. “They’re the wave of the future.”

One Piece has embraced the Olympic attention by getting pretty active on social media, including an Instagram account that documents when athletes come into the store. Hey, even Sage Kotsenburg came by to visit.

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If you weren't already awww'd by the onesie phenomenon, get prepared. It's coming. They even have onesies for dogs — either your beloved pets or those poor Sochi strays. C'mon. Just look at this picture. Awwww.

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