Team USA made an unfortunate pick to model its Closing Ceremony outfits

Graham Watson
(Courtesy of Ralph Lauren)
(Courtesy of Ralph Lauren)

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As the Olympics begin to wrap up their final days, it’s time to be reminded of what the American athletes will be wearing during the Closing Ceremony.

Americans love their preppy look, and that theme will be carried on through the Closing Ceremony thanks to outfitter Ralph Lauren. However, instead of the formal blue blazer we saw during the Opening Ceremony, the Americans will go with red, white and blue long-sleeved button-up collared shirts atop striped undershirts.

The look is completed with what Lauren describes as “crisp” white shorts and red, white and blue belts and boat shoes.

(Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)
(Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)

It’s the country club look you never knew you wanted but can purchase for several hundred dollars via the Ralph Lauren website. Or, if you wait a few months, you could probably find it for 70 percent off at your local outlet store.

The only unfortunate part of the outfit is who the U.S. picked to model. U.S. swimmer — should we say disgraced swimmer? — Ryan Lochte is Ralph Lauren’s main model. And since he’s not exactly the USOC’s favorite person these days following his embellished (fabricated?) story about being robbed at gunpoint in Brazil, which started a major international brouhaha, it’s a little humorous that he’s the United States’ poster child as the Games wrap up.

It’s not the USOC or Ralph Lauren’s fault, really. Lochte is a good-looking guy and seemingly a perfect choice. Neither group could have predicted Lochte would be such a trainwreck when the announcement regarding the outfits was made back in April. Still, seems kind of fitting as he has pretty much stolen most of the attention from the other athletes during these Games anyway.