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Five highs from the 2012 mountain bike Olympics

  • By Emily Zinn
  • Published Aug. 29, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:39 PM EDT
The retro Olympic kits reference those worn in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic kits. Photo courtesy USA Cycling


From a genocide survivor to tributes to Connie Carpenter, here are our top five highs from the 2012 London mountain bike Olympics

5. High: The throwback U.S. Olympic kits

The United States picked simple and classic design for the team Olympic kits and the choice was met with overwhelmingly positive response.

The uniforms closely resemble those worn in Los Angeles in 1984 by Connie Carpenter and Alexi Grewal.

“The kits look amazing,” said 2012 U.S. Mountain Bike Olympic Team member Sam Schultz. “I’m super fired up for them. I like the sort of retro look. It’s clean. Hopefully we can ride as well as those kits look.”

The design is a simple red stripe down the middle with a white stripe on either side and stars along those white stripes, with the same motif along the leg cuffs.

USA is written in red in a classic font, outlined in white.

The result was simple, unmistakably American graphics that could be spotted from anywhere on the course and a great way to acknowledge the roots of Olympic cycling.

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Emily Zinn

Emily Zinn

Emily Zinn spent her infancy in the back of a women's team van while the team built wheels around her. She spent part of her pre-teen years in Europe following the major European mountain, road and gravity races and touring cycling product factories. College was the first time she lived in a home without a frame building shop in her garage or basement. Her favorite style of riding is getting lost in singletrack trail networks and taking her time finding her way back.

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