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Five highs from the 2012 mountain bike Olympics

From a genocide survivor to tributes to Connie Carpenter, here are our top five highs from the 2012 London mountain bike Olympics

5. High: The throwback U.S. Olympic kits

The United States picked simple and classic design for the team Olympic kits and the choice was met with overwhelmingly positive response.

The uniforms closely resemble those worn in Los Angeles in 1984 by Connie Carpenter and Alexi Grewal.

“The kits look amazing,” said 2012 U.S. Mountain Bike Olympic Team member Sam Schultz. “I’m super fired up for them. I like the sort of retro look. It’s clean. Hopefully we can ride as well as those kits look.”

The design is a simple red stripe down the middle with a white stripe on either side and stars along those white stripes, with the same motif along the leg cuffs.

USA is written in red in a classic font, outlined in white.

The result was simple, unmistakably American graphics that could be spotted from anywhere on the course and a great way to acknowledge the roots of Olympic cycling.

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