Nike and the United States Olympic Committee recently unveiled the signature medal-stand uniforms for Team USA athletes. The five-piece outfit will be worn by U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes who medal at the 2018 Winter Games.
In PyeongChang, all medal ceremonies will be held in open-air arenas where temperatures are expected to be below freezing, aside from ice hockey. Nike’s 2018 Team USA Medal Stand Collection was designed to help Team USA athletes comfortably withstand the elements as they celebrate their crowning moments.
“Nike has once again designed unparalleled medal-stand uniforms for the 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams,” said Lisa Baird, USOC chief marketing officer. “The American spirit and style are seamlessly united to complement the fortitude of America’s finest athletes.”
Nike’s Summit Jacket – which features the zip-in, zip-out system – includes the Team USA Hypershield Summit Jacket, a lightweight GORE-TEX waterproof shell that blocks wind and rain, and the Team USA Insulated Summit Jacket, a removable bomber jacket. Engineered knit hand warmers attached to the outer jacket’s sleeve offer extra warmth, while added Team USA flare adorns the inner phone pocket (an American flag) and the adjustable bottom toggle (a small eagle head) of the shell.
The Team USA pants are made with a DWR coat that provides protection from rain and snow. A waist cinch and ankle zip (that, when open, reads USA) make it easy for athletes to find their just-right fit and taper. Back pockets have snaps to secure small items.
Built to conquer the cold, the NSW Gaiter Boots have a lace-free closure system that allows athletes to quickly dial their fit. The men’s boot features a FlyEase-inspired entry system, while the women’s boot is taller and has added heat reflective material for more warmth.
The medal stand gloves feature Nike’s AeroShield technology, combining a waterproof layer with ventilation zones to keep athletes dry and comfortable. Insulation throughout the fingers increases warmth, while the thumbs and forefingers are touch-screen compatible. A concealed zipper on the back of the hand makes it easy to get the gloves on and off.
The Nike Team USA Medal Stand Collection will be available Jan. 15 in select Nike retail stores and on Nike.com, while TeamUSAShop.com will carry items from Nike’s Team USA Collection.