STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Team USA's Olympic uniforms are wearable heaters

Average temperatures in Pyeongchang in February, when the 2018 Winter Olympics open, hover around 23 degrees, and may...

Posted: Jan 22, 2018 4:03 PM
Updated: Jan 22, 2018 4:03 PM

Average temperatures in Pyeongchang in February, when the 2018 Winter Olympics open, hover around 23 degrees, and may plunge below that for the opening ceremony. But Team USA will be ready for the cold.

They'll be decked out in patriotic red, white and blue parkas that feature an innovative, hidden heating component inside their jackets.

Ralph Lauren designed the uniforms and developed an exclusive heating system that's made out of carbon and silver ink printed on the apparel. The flexible ink conducts heat and is bonded to the inside of the jackets in the shape of an American flag.

The heat is controlled by a slim battery pack and can be adjusted to a high or a low setting. It lasts up to five hours at the highest setting and 11 at the lowest. The buttons on the battery pack are extra large so they can be pushed with gloves.

The best thing about the jackets, given how low the temps can drop in Pyeongchang, may be the fact that the heat comes on immediately.

Related: Katie Couric returns to NBC to co-host the Olympics

The heated parkas will be the centerpiece of Team USA's uniform during the opening ceremony on February 9.

The rest of their outfit will include slim jeans with moto-inspired seams, a red, white and blue wool sweater, a navy wool ski hat, an Americana navy bandana, a leather belt and brown suede gloves with fringe and hand-beading. They'll also be wearing brown, suede mountain boots with red laces. The jackets went through rigorous testing to make sure they were safe before being worn by Olympians.

During the closing ceremony, athletes on Team USA will swap their parka for a heated bomber jacket.

The entire uniform can be purchased online and in select Ralph Lauren stores.

Related: Samsung unveils special edition Galaxy Note 8 only for Olympians

Ralph Lauren plans to donate $1 to the U.S. Olympic Committee for every social media post that uses the hashtag #HeatTheWayForTeamUSA and gets a like. The social media fundraiser will last from January 22 through January 24.

This will mark the sixth time that Polo Ralph Lauren has designed Team USA's uniforms for Olympic and Paralympic athletes. It's had the gig since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

In 2012, Polo Ralph Lauren faced controversy when it was discovered that the Team USA uniforms for the London games were made in China.

Team USA's uniforms for the 2016 Rio Olympics and Pyeongchang 2018 were made entirely in the U.S.

West Lafayette
Few Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 83°
Kokomo
Few Clouds
78° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 80°
Rensselaer
Broken Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 80°
Fowler
Broken Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 80°
Williamsport
Scattered Clouds
81° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 83°
Crawfordsville
Broken Clouds
80° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 81°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
80° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 81°
Delphi
78° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 79°
Monticello
78° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 79°
Logansport
Broken Clouds
79° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 80°
Warm Day, Record Warm Night, Then Showers & Storms Friday
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 152396

Reported Deaths: 4023
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion24905785
Lake13380352
St. Joseph8985161
Elkhart8530132
Allen7978222
Hamilton6000113
Vanderburgh567560
Tippecanoe358714
Monroe322238
Hendricks3221130
Johnson3051128
Porter303648
Clark289161
Delaware284574
Vigo256038
Madison232493
Cass222822
LaPorte220958
Warrick190065
Kosciusko179224
Floyd177367
Howard160066
Bartholomew139758
Dubois136726
Marshall134226
Henry123429
Grant122639
Wayne122127
Boone119548
Hancock115645
Noble114633
Jackson109413
Morgan93040
Dearborn92828
Daviess85333
Gibson84911
Clinton82916
Lawrence82634
Shelby80330
LaGrange77715
Harrison74824
Knox72110
Putnam71616
DeKalb69911
Posey6896
Fayette61417
Steuben6118
Miami5875
Montgomery57822
Jasper5744
White57215
Greene52137
Scott51013
Decatur49939
Adams4815
Whitley4426
Clay4396
Sullivan42913
Ripley4278
Wells4205
Wabash4029
Starke3977
Orange38825
Huntington3805
Spencer3746
Franklin36625
Washington3632
Jennings36013
Fulton3472
Randolph3439
Jefferson3305
Pike32915
Carroll31713
Perry29714
Jay2946
Fountain2883
Tipton27023
Vermillion2251
Newton22211
Parke2223
Rush2084
Owen2031
Blackford1983
Martin1960
Crawford1531
Pulaski1481
Brown1303
Ohio1247
Benton1080
Union1060
Switzerland900
Warren761
Unassigned0233

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events