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Glory to the Jacket

If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you know that the Olympics are happening…right now.

If you have been paying attention, you would have noticed the amazing jackets that Nike designed for Team USA. I love these jackets, I mean, they aren’t that fancy. A puffer zip up in navy or silver, with the Olympic Team USA patch on the front and USA on the back. It’s nothing special.

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But it represents a lot. It signifies the hard work these athletes put in to make it to these Olympics. It’s a patriotic symbol, these athletes represent our country. It tugs on my heart, you guys…

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Did you know that you can buy these jackets?? Yes, it is possible. For $450, you can purchase the same jacket worn by the Olympic team. Nike created the Nike Aeroloft Summit 800 jacket to “keep the cold at bay”. The description even mentions “Plus, the embroidery offers a patriotic look.” Understatement of the year.

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Okay, so it isn’t exactly the same. Some of the stitching is a different color, but the premise still holds true. I don’t know who would pay $450 for an Olympic jacket…but is it wrong to buy it?

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I would feel weird buying a jacket like this that I didn’t earn. I know it’s a novelty item, one that would be so cool to have, but it feels like cheating to me. If you could just buy an Olympic jacket, then why would you even try to go to the Olympics in the first place? (I’m kidding on this point, the ultimate glory of having gone to the Olympics would be enough to satisfy for a lifetime.) 

The prestige that follows after once going to the Olympics is nothing short of amazing. Maybe it’s just me, but in my opinion the Olympic jacket represents you and what you did to get there, so that just buying it discounts all the hard work someone put into their journey. It makes the jacket less unique. I get it, Nike wants to make money. But, is it worth it?

What are your thoughts? If you had unlimited money, would you buy this jacket? 

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  1. I would buy it for you because I know how much you gave up for all those years of training (even though I don’t think you would wear it). Leigh, you are our Olympian! Even though you are not in Sochi doesn’t mean you are not thought of during this Olympic season. We all know this year’s Olympics was your dream! We are proud of you for what you gave throughout your childhood years and also what you gained by giving it up! You are a well-round young lady!

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