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Team USA Has It Made

Team USA, comprised of James Blake, Robby Ginepri, Sam Querry, the Bryan Bros.,Venus and Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport, are almost ready to head to Beijing, but before they go they had to undergo something called Team Processing, which sounds a little bit like heaven to me. Every U.S. Olympian met at San Jose State University to get loaded with freebies from the likes of Ralph Lauren and Nike.

Athletes and coaches pick up an orange shopping cart – donated by Home Depot – and sign in, where they’re each given a clipboard listing every item of apparel that they are required to pick up….Nike and Ralph Lauren have created over 40 items for Team USA – everything from Olympic T-shirts to sports bras and socks. Some is podium-wear; other items, village-wear; and everyone is measured for opening and closing ceremonies attire… As athletes make their way down the lines of tables, they fill their carts with hats and shoes – flip-flops and two pairs of athletic shoes made by Nike, an outfitter and sponsor, and parade shoes from Ralph Lauren, the official outfitter. In between, they try on cargo pants, training shorts and shirts, track pants and jackets, rain outfits, hoodies, and several T-shirts and polo shirts.”

This makes all those countless years spent training for this one competition, devoid of any personal life, worth it.

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