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Designers carve a fashion runway
at the Sochi Winter Olympics

From the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’-inspired uniforms of the US skiers to the aerodynamic suits of the speedskaters, the competition to dress athletes for the Games is an Olympic sport in itself

By John Branch  /  NY Times News Service, NEW YORK

Unlike the snowboarders, whose corduroy pants might make the “vtttt, vtttt” noise as they walk, the speedskaters have anti-friction fabric between their thighs.

The sleek uniforms of US Alpine skiers, by Spyder, are black at the shoulders, fading to ever-lighter blue as they descend to the waist, like pre-dawn over a horizon — specifically, the dawn’s early light over Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812.

Only at the Olympics, apparently, can Francis Scott Key provide posthumous inspiration to both a ski team and to the insoles of shoes worn on a medal stand.

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