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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have a Team GB jersey I wore when supporting the Olympics on Box Hill in 2012


A good friend of mine competed for GB at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics and she was very much against the fact that Adidas were selling full replica team kit ahead of 2012. For her, part of the Olympic experience was collecting your Olympic kit having worked hard for 4 years and earned the right to wear it. The fact that anyone could go into a shop and buy the same kit devalued it for her somehow.


I often see Team GB Olympic replica kit; normally it's obvious this is just merchandise, but it is a shame for people like your friend.

This. They're in the same rough style, but they weren't identical at all. They were clearly different.

Replica


Actual

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, those people need to get over themselves as far as I am concerned. Someone else wearing a replica jersey doesn't devalue their achievement in the slightest. Unless, it seems, you participate in cycling.

Every other sport has replica jerseys available, and entire stadia are full of people wearing them. Do you think a professional footballer begrudges Joe Bloggs wearing a replica shirt when he signs his first contract and holds up the shirt for the press release photograph? Of course not. Those shirt sales are paying for a large chunk of his salary. Maybe it's this kind of archaic attitude that means cycling is still relatively underfunded and less well paid, unless you are right at the pinnacle.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it also depends on the kit.

I can't help equate anyone I see in Sky kit with the stereotypical Essex based Man Utd supporter who's never been to Manchester (or probably any football match) in their lives.

I've got some really old Carrera kit (the faux denim one!), a black Liquigas shirt (Chinese knock-off just because I liked the design) and a 10 year old Wolves shirt. What that says about me is anyone's guess but the fact I'm a bit of a skinflint might be in the mix Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A guy running close to me at VLM this year had written his surname and large GBR letters in black marker pen on his running vest, in the style of the AG trisuits. I thought that was a bit weird.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know we've digressed a little, but endurance sports in general, tend to be participation sports rather than spectator sports; that's where they differ from the £billion major sports. I almost never watch any sport tbh, unless it's Kona live-stream or school sports day. I've lined-up in the same wave as Andreas Raelert in an Oly Tri, and two months later I passed him on the marathon at IM Regensburg (he was injured). How many people get to play football with Rooney or Giggs? We should be grateful for this.

I'd rather do sport than watch it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stenard wrote:
Jorgan wrote:
Whisk wrote:
stenard wrote:
I have a Team GB jersey I wore when supporting the Olympics on Box Hill in 2012


A good friend of mine competed for GB at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics and she was very much against the fact that Adidas were selling full replica team kit ahead of 2012. For her, part of the Olympic experience was collecting your Olympic kit having worked hard for 4 years and earned the right to wear it. The fact that anyone could go into a shop and buy the same kit devalued it for her somehow.


I often see Team GB Olympic replica kit; normally it's obvious this is just merchandise, but it is a shame for people like your friend.

This. They're in the same rough style, but they weren't identical at all. They were clearly different.

Replica


Actual


This is like the world's hardest spot the difference to my untrained eye.... can someone circle the differences for me please? Is the answer that only the bottom one is Hypoallergenic?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This is like the world's hardest spot the difference to my untrained eye.... can someone circle the differences for me please? Is the answer that only the bottom one is Hypoallergenic?


Full zip on Wiggins' kit, is all I can spot.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
twhat wrote:

This is like the world's hardest spot the difference to my untrained eye.... can someone circle the differences for me please? Is the answer that only the bottom one is Hypoallergenic?


Full zip on Wiggins' kit, is all I can spot.


Hiding in plain sight. Sneaky.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

twhat wrote:
Jorgan wrote:
twhat wrote:

This is like the world's hardest spot the difference to my untrained eye.... can someone circle the differences for me please? Is the answer that only the bottom one is Hypoallergenic?


Full zip on Wiggins' kit, is all I can spot.


Hiding in plain sight. Sneaky.


The base colour of the tops is different. Replica is a blue top with white bits, actual is a white top with blue bits. They do look similar (because they're sposed to durrr).
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
twhat wrote:

This is like the world's hardest spot the difference to my untrained eye.... can someone circle the differences for me please? Is the answer that only the bottom one is Hypoallergenic?


Full zip on Wiggins' kit, is all I can spot.


There were versions with full zip available on the high street and the Chinese replica high street.

Not sure if they induce sneezing and itchy eyes though...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
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Where do we stand on people wearing Ironman merchandise when they haven't done the full 140.6?


On their heads Wink


Or anyone wearing TdF team gear ?


The assumption with replica kit is almost always that you're not a pro though.

Incidentally, wearing military uniforms and medals you're not entitled to, is actually an offence under UK law. A few 'walts' have been caught out on that one; but then they are the ones who have just created very conspicuous personas.

wearing medals that have not been awarded is an offence...I am not sure wearing a uniform is...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whisk wrote:
stenard wrote:
I have a Team GB jersey I wore when supporting the Olympics on Box Hill in 2012


A good friend of mine competed for GB at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics and she was very much against the fact that Adidas were selling full replica team kit ahead of 2012. For her, part of the Olympic experience was collecting your Olympic kit having worked hard for 4 years and earned the right to wear it. The fact that anyone could go into a shop and buy the same kit devalued it for her somehow.


and devalues its sell on value...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stenard wrote:
Jorgan wrote:
Whisk wrote:
stenard wrote:
I have a Team GB jersey I wore when supporting the Olympics on Box Hill in 2012


A good friend of mine competed for GB at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics and she was very much against the fact that Adidas were selling full replica team kit ahead of 2012. For her, part of the Olympic experience was collecting your Olympic kit having worked hard for 4 years and earned the right to wear it. The fact that anyone could go into a shop and buy the same kit devalued it for her somehow.


I often see Team GB Olympic replica kit; normally it's obvious this is just merchandise, but it is a shame for people like your friend.

This. They're in the same rough style, but they weren't identical at all. They were clearly different.

Replica


Actual


the real kit has a back pocket for your TUE
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

explorerJC wrote:
the real kit has a back pocket for your TUE


And is supplied packed in an authentic Jiffy Bag
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get why they might be discombobulated...but being an Olympian is either itís own reward, or itís nothing at all.
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