Photo credit: @PaceSagester

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson is a longshot to make the US Olympic team (though they really could use some more right shots), but the young defenseman was asked to participate in the USA’s orientation camp held this week at Kettler Capitals Iceplex anyway.

On Tuesday, during a ceremony featuring Ted Leonsis looking ever-more-svelte, Team USA unveiled their new Olympic jerseys for Sochi. They were first modeled by Chris Drury and Bill Guerin before the rest of the team was introduced to the crowd. Carlson got a loud cheer from the home crowd.

The sweaters, designed by Nike, come in white and navy blue and feature a newly designed US logo and shimmering stars along the shoulder area. They also feature faux ties (like Russia’s jerseys ew ew ew), and a neckline inscription that reads, “Land of the free, home of the brave.”

Below, check out a closer look at the US’s new duds and few more pics of our main man Carly.





Photos via Nike


Photo credit: Geoff Burke


Photo credit: @CapitalsPR

Here’s the loud crowd reaction for Carlson when he was introduced. (Via @Rick


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  • seandlax9

    Meh…the 1980s style and the diagonal USA jerseys are better, don’t fix what ain’t broke.

  • Rick

    I give it a meh also! Kind of average looking. I don’t like the dark blue stars. Looks a bit more like sparkles from a figure skating uniform.

  • CJ


  • CJ

    Kane (Longshot)

  • seandlax9

    I think it looks like a damn soccer uni

  • CJ

    Paul Martin (Ill burn this Pic Later)

  • Guest

    All the Guys

  • Guest

    All the guys

  • SM74

    Here is a rule everyone should remember. If you can’t see it from the stands or if it’s located on the inside part of the jersey, IT’S NOT REALLY A PART OF THE UNIFORM. Enough already with this crap.

  • Guest

    Team USA

  • CJ

    I have a ton more but wont let me upload.


  • seandlax9

    This is America, we say uniform over here.

  • You should have challenged him to a duel!

  • Derek Eklund

    Not a fan of the stores on the shoulders or the tiny shield logo.

  • Chip

    What a classic!

  • Ash

    David Backes and Ryan McDonagh. (Contrary to reports, Backes did not have dried Canadian blood caked beneath his fingernails… that we could see.)

  • Ash

    Oh, and Phil Kessel spent THE ENTIRE TIME shifting nervously in place with his arsm wrapped around himself, often turning around completely, like he expected that at ANY SECOND, Alexander Ovechkin was going to come up and take a picture of him. Poor guy.

  • Haha.

    Kessel is such an odd duck. How is he 25 years old and not 38? How is he a big-time hockey player and not a software engineer?

  • seandlax9

    The more I see these jerseys, the more I hate them

  • seandlax9

    The picture at the very top of the article, just add a thought bubble above Carlson with the caption “Dude….these things are fugly!”

    It would be perfect

  • Ash

    He’s such a goober. I can’t help but feel kinda softhearted towards him.

  • Amanda Elizabeth Sansone

    Epic! I interviewed Paulie M. for our story… he was really, really nice… and a little bit dreamy… this is a problem.