Wrapped up in the Stars and Stripes

When it comes to the Olympics, go big or go home, and that includes your flag. There's no mistaking Team USA in the crowd. Just look for the red, white, and blue. -- By Paul Martella


Maurice Greene, top left, Brian Lewis, top center, Jonathan Drummond, right, and Bernard Williams III, lower center, pose with U.S. flags after winning the gold medal in the men's 4 x 100 meter relay at the Summer Olympics Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at Olympic Stadium in Sydney. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)

Shaun White

Olympic champion Shaun White of the USA celebrate after the men's snowboard halfpipe final at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Michael Phelps, Peter Vanderkaay, Ryan Lochte and Ricky Berens

U.S. men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay team members, from left, Michael Phelps, Peter Vanderkaay, Ryan Lochte and Ricky Berens smile with their medals and the U.S. flags as bronze medal winning Russian team members walk by during an awarding ceremony after setting a world record to win the swimming competition in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)

Scottie Pippen, Michael Jorden, and Clyde Drexler

The USA's Scottie Pippen, left, Michael Jorden, center, and Clyde Drexler rejoice with their gold medals after beating Croatia, 117-85 in Olympic basketball in Barcelona Saturday, August 8, 1992. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)

U.S. women's soccer team

U.S. women's soccerteam stand in front of the flag during the national anthems prior the start of the group G soccer match event against Brazil at the 2004 Olympic Games at the Kaftanzoglio stadiium in the north port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Gary Hall Jr

LONG BEACH, CA - JULY 13: Gary Hall Jr. stands behind the blocks before swimming in the 50 meter freestyle final during the US Swimming Olympic Team Trials on July 13, 2004 at the Charter All Digital Aquatic Center in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 14: (L-R) Desiree Davila, Shalane Flanagan, and Kara Goucher celebrate with American flags after the U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials January 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Manuel Huerta

In this photo released by the International Triathlon Union, Cuban-born Manuel Huerta celebrates with the U.S. flag after qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games at the 2012 ITU World Triathlon San Diego in the United States on Saturday May 12, 2012. (AP Photo/ITU, Larry Rosa)

USA fan

A fan of U.S. soccer team paints national flag on her face ahead of their quarter final match against England of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament at Tianjin Olympics Center Stadium in Tianjin, China, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

Agosto and Belbin

Tanith Belbin, who recently became a U.S. citizen to compete in the Olympic with her partner Benjamin Agosto, left, receives an American flag from a spectator after receiving their gold medals following the free dance event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Louis, Friday, Jan. 13, 2006. Agosto and Belbin finished first and earned a place on the U.S. Olympic team going to Turin. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


U.S. Olympian Floyd Mayweather of Grand Rapids, MI., holds an American flag in his mouth as he awaits the judges decision during a pre-Olympic tune-up in Miami Monday, June 17, 1996 against Viacheslav Smirnov of Russia. Mayweather, competing at 57 kg. is an Olympic medal favorite next month in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)

Fan Flag

A fan dons the U.S. flag during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


The U.S. men's 4x400-meter relay team celebrates after winning the gold medal at the Summer Olympics, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at Olympic Stadium in Sydney. From left are, Antonio Pettigrew, Calvin Harrison, Michael Johnson and Alvin Harrison. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)


U.S. Olympic women's hockey team members Lisa Brown-Miller (3), left, and Karyn Bye (6) embrace in a U.S. flag after their gold medal Olympic victory over Team Canada at Big Hat arena, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998. U.S. defeated Canada 3-1. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

Pete Cipollone

American Men's Eight coxswain Pete Cipollone carries the U.S. flag past an Olympic sign after they won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Schinias near Athens, Greece, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Fans at Utah Olympics, 2002

U.S. fans cheer as Jonny Moseley begins his qualification run during the men's freestyle competition at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002. Moseley finished fourth in the event. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)

Elise Ray

376864 02: American gymnast Elise Ray competes on the uneven bars August 20, 2000 during the U.S. Gymnastics Olympic Trials in Boston. Maloney earned a spot on the U.S. gymnastics team that will compete in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brian Snyder)


Cuban Olympic Team boxers Ramon Garbey, left, and Joel Casamayor stand draped in a U.S. flag outside the Los Angeles offices of their attorney Frank Ronzio Friday, July 5, 1996. Garbey and Casamayor defected from a boxing training camp in Guadalajara, Mexico last week. They have applied for political asylum. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner)

Marty Nothstein

U.S.A's Marty Nothstein waves the U.S. flag after wining the gold medal in men's sprint at Dunc Gray Velodrome in Sydney, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, for the track cycling event at the Sydney Summer Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Angelo Taylor

U.S. hurdler Angelo Taylor carries the U.S. flag around the track after winning the gold medal for the men's 400 meter hurdles at the Summer Olympics Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Olympic Stadium in Sydney. (AP Photo/Lionel Cronneau)

Olympics: U.S. Relay Team Wearing Gold Medals

American swimmers, from left: Jenna Johnson; Dara Torres; Carrie Steinseifer, and Nancy Hogshead, stand in front of the American flag Tuesday July 31, 1984 after receiving gold medals in the women's 400-meter freestyle relay at the 1984 summer games.(AP Photo/Pete Leabo)

Amy Peterson

400804 14: (NEWSWEEK, US NEWS, MACLEANS AND GERMANY OUT) Amy Peterson, a short track speed skater from the U.S. Olympic team, carries the U.S. flag during the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium February 8, 2002 in Salt Lake City, UT. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Ryan Hall

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 14: Ryan Hall poses with the American flag after finishing second with a time of 2:09:30 in the U.S. Marathon Olympic Trial on January 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)