A mannequin wears a wool sweater, scarf and hat by American designer Ralph Lauren in the pop-up shop at USA House in Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. The shop sells some of the same clothing worn by American athletes in the Olympic opening ceremony, along with USA Hockey gear. (AP Photo/Beth Harris)

SOCHI SCENE: Sticker shock in Sochi

February 19, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Capitalism is alive and well at USA House in the Olympic Park.

The gathering place for American athletes, their families, sponsors and fans at the Sochi Games includes a pop-up shop selling clothing by Ralph Lauren and USA Hockey gear for eye-popping prices. The designer conceived the clothing worn by U.S. athletes in the opening ceremony, including navy cardigan sweaters covered by stars, stripes and patches available at the shop for $595.

A navy and red wool coat costs $795; a bear dressed in Lauren's Polo clothing is $350; and a navy sweater with the American flag on the front goes for $295. A red, white and blue 2014 wool scarf is $146, and fingerless wool gloves sell for $98.

The other half of the store inside the low-slung wooden USA House sells hockey sweaters and scarves, along with a selection of T-shirts.

The place was jammed on Wednesday, with multiple cash registers ringing up sales in U.S. dollars. Some customers slipped on hockey jerseys, while others fretted about the sizing of the T-shirts. Children's clothing was also for sale, along with a selection of high-end sunglasses.

- By Beth Harris - Twitter http://twitter.com/bethharrisap


Associated Press reporters are filing dispatches about happenings in and around Sochi during the 2014 Winter Games. Follow AP journalists covering the Olympics on Twitter: http://apne.ws/1c3WMiu

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