Golf’s return to the Olympics is still more than two years away, meaning the players to compete are still very much unknown. But what is known: Team USA will wear adidas.
adidas Golf athletes Dustin Johnson and Jessica Korda were on hand to help make the announcement Tuesday:
HAPPENING NOW: adidas Golf named official uniform for athletes, coaches and staff of USA GOLF at 2016 Olympics pic.twitter.com/nUtVKAu4xz
— adidas Golf (@adidasGolf) March 4, 2014
If the Rio Olympics were to start tomorrow, Johnson would be in as the fourth and final American man, so he’d feel quite comfortable in adidas clothes. His teammates, however, would not. The other three U.S. men’s golfers would be Tiger Woods (Nike), Phil Mickelson (Callaway) and Zach Johnson (Oakley).
On the U.S. women’s side, Korda is ranked 27th in the world and seventh among U.S. women, so she would not make the team as of now. The squad would consist of Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson and Christie Kerr. Only Creamer is an adidas athlete.
So things could get interesting when the golfers arrive in Rio, as it has in the past when big-name athletes with big-money sponsors are asked/forced to wear other brands. Remember the 1992 Olympics with the Dream Team? A guy by the name of Michael Jordan was paid a lot of money by Nike, but the official United States awards-ceremony uniform was made by Reebok.
What did Jordan do? He slyly covered up the logo by draping an American flag over his shoulder. Some of his teammates wanted to be like Mike and did the same thing. Those without flags just half-unzipped their jackets and let the collar fold over the logo.
Sponsorship and the Olympics have grown a lot since then.
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