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SBD/February 6, 2014/Olympics
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association Using Injured Lindsey Vonn In Late Fundraising Push
Published February 6, 2014
CHANNELING FRANCIS SCOTT KEY: In Baltimore, Julie Scharper notes Boulder-based ski wear company Spyder Sports Production Art Manager Matt Strackbein "thought back to his Maryland roots" when he was "seeking inspiration" for the U.S. Olympic Alpine Ski Team's uniforms. Strackbein drew on images of the U.S. flag "as he created the designs, which were unveiled late last month." The suits have "an ombre effect, as the dark blue fades into white along the sleeves, waistband and legs." Strackbein said it is a representation of "the dawn's early light." Scharper notes some of the suits "worn for the downhill skiing competition feature more white to create a sense of unity between the skier and the snow-covered mountain" (Baltimore SUN, 2/6).