The Russian Hockey Federation unveiled their new uniforms for the men and women’s Olympic hockey teams for Sochi this winter. The red jerseys, modeled by Alex Ovechkin, are a lot like their traditional jerseys, but the white one is extremely different.
Here’s a description from a Google translated press release of the white jersey:
The white sweater embodies the modern innovative design. In the center of the Russian coat of arms attached to gold emblem and silhouette of an eagle spreading its wings, as if called for an offensive, representing the greatness of the team during the game. Red collar with graphic patterns as eagle feathers on the shoulders of the city symbolizes every fan for their team. The word “Russian” in the center, in fulfilled Old Slavonic script in blue. 8 gold crowns on the right sleeve reminiscent of the golden legacy of the Soviet team.
And now here is the red one:
The basic form is made in the traditional red. Greater coat of arms in the center of a sweater with the word “Russia”, made in the old Slavic style, symbolizes the pride of the country. White, blue and red stripes on the top of the sleeve pay tribute to the Russian flag. Also shape decorated with contrasting white belt and dark blue collar. Four gold stars on each shoulder reminiscent of the 8 win team.
Here’s a full gallery of the new jerseys. I think both uniforms are great and I think Nike did a great job getting the host country new digs before the Winter Olympics.