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If you're about to compete on the world's biggest stage, you might as well look good doing it. Team USA took that notion to heart, bringing nothing less than its A-game when taking the field in Sochi. From Shaun White's new cut to those space-age puffer jackets, here are six style wins from this year's Olympians.
Though the snowboarding icon fell short of a medal this year, his sharp new look could be considered success enough. To top off his tie bars and tailored suits, White replaced his trademark mop top with a shorter, slicked-back coif—and we couldn't be more impressed.
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While we're on the topic of shredding, no Olympic style roundup can exclude the stunning new gloves that Burton designed for the U.S. Snowboarding Team. Made with waterproof raw hide, and a classic knit cuff, these puppies added some vintage flair to the riders' already-awesome uniform.
Long known for his devil-may-care attitude, alpine skiing's oldest medalist hit the slopes with surprising restraint—both in his skiing, and his choice of facial hair. Of course, a full-on beard may have slowed him down in the Super G, but we prefer to think that his age and experience have inspired a bit of refinement.
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Ah, the indomitable Charlie White: ice dancer, gold medalist, and owner of the finest head of hair this side of the Caucasus. Not everyone can pull off locks of that magnitude, but this two-time Olympian has sported the look for most of his career, and he shows no signs of stopping. Rock on, Charlie. Rock on.
Most talk of Olympic apparel turns to Ralph Lauren's patriotic ensemble, donned by Team USA for the Opening Ceremonies. However, our garment of choice is the silver galactic puffer jacket worn by U.S. athletes when they take the podium. The best part? You don't need a medal to own one.
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If you need definitive proof that you're a lazy good-for-nothing, look no further than Heath Calhoun. This U.S. Army veteran is a double-amputee, paralympic skier, and possessor of a beard befitting a bona fide mountain man. If you 'd like to learn more about this homegrown hero, check out his interview with NBC.