words // Zack Schlemmer
Every Summer Olympics is a showcase of the best athletes in the world, and also a chance for many athletic companies to capitalize on merchandise. This page from the summer of 1996 shows a full range of USA team apparel from a range of your favorite retro brands like Champion, Starter, and Sports Specialties. One highlight from the page is, of course, the Champion replica USA basketball uniform. The jersey was available from Eastbay in a nice varieties of players including Grant Hill, Penny Hardaway, Reggie Miller, and Glenn Robinson. Another nice piece available was the Champion USA Basketball jacket, with huge stars and stripes covering it. The snap back fiends will like the bottom of the page, with a selection of USA-themed caps.
Unfortunately, you’ll now have to get lucky and find this patriotic apparel at a thrift store or your favorite vintage sportswear store if you want to rock it now, but there is a variety of USA apparel for the 2012 Olympics available here now.