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.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Confirmed Cases: 32078

Reported Deaths: 2004
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9268539
Lake3320168
Cass15826
Allen130966
St. Joseph120534
Hendricks113067
Hamilton111592
Johnson1086104
Elkhart105728
Madison58258
Porter49021
Bartholomew48133
Clark46138
LaPorte41522
Tippecanoe3753
Jackson3671
Howard36519
Delaware35735
Hancock32127
Shelby31521
Floyd31438
Boone28835
Morgan26224
Vanderburgh2482
Montgomery23117
White2268
Decatur22431
Clinton2221
Grant19121
Noble18921
Harrison18721
Dubois1852
Greene16724
Warrick16426
Dearborn16421
Henry1619
Monroe16011
Vigo1477
Lawrence14423
Miami1391
Putnam1337
Jennings1274
Orange12422
Scott1183
Ripley1126
Franklin1068
Kosciusko941
Carroll922
Daviess8216
Steuben802
Marshall761
Newton7410
Wabash722
Wayne715
Fayette684
LaGrange602
Jasper581
Washington521
Fulton471
Rush452
Jay440
Randolph433
Jefferson411
Whitley402
Pulaski390
Clay391
Owen341
Brown331
Sullivan321
Starke313
DeKalb311
Perry260
Huntington262
Knox250
Tipton251
Benton250
Wells240
Crawford230
Blackford211
Switzerland190
Fountain182
Spencer171
Posey170
Parke170
Gibson142
Ohio130
Warren121
Adams121
Vermillion90
Martin90
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0154

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Confirmed Cases: 113195

Reported Deaths: 4923
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook738193354
Lake7767250
DuPage7290340
Kane5866153
Will5238258
Winnebago199351
McHenry145268
St. Clair101773
Kankakee80242
Kendall72719
Rock Island63922
Champaign5697
Madison54056
Boone40716
Sangamon33226
DeKalb3313
Randolph2593
Jackson22810
McLean21210
Stephenson1952
Ogle1922
Macon18819
Peoria1858
Clinton17816
Out of IL1771
Union1417
LaSalle14013
Whiteside13310
Iroquois1314
Unassigned1200
Coles1159
Warren1140
Jefferson10116
Knox950
Monroe9211
Grundy892
McDonough835
Lee761
Tazewell683
Cass670
Henry670
Williamson541
Marion500
Jasper457
Adams441
Macoupin421
Perry410
Pulaski400
Montgomery391
Vermilion391
Morgan341
Christian334
Livingston312
Douglas280
Jo Daviess270
Fayette203
Ford201
Jersey201
Washington180
Woodford182
Mason170
Menard170
Shelby161
Bureau151
Hancock150
Mercer150
Carroll132
Franklin120
Piatt120
Crawford110
Fulton110
Bond101
Brown100
Clark100
Cumberland100
Logan100
Moultrie100
Schuyler100
Wayne91
Alexander80
Henderson80
Johnson70
Massac70
Saline70
Effingham61
Greene50
Marshall50
De Witt40
Lawrence40
Richland30
Stark30
Clay20
Edwards20
Gallatin20
Hamilton20
Wabash20
White20
Calhoun10
Hardin10
Pike10
Pope10
Putnam10
Edgar00
Terre Haute
Scattered Clouds
67° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 67°
Robinson
Scattered Clouds
66° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 66°
Indianapolis
Broken Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 70°
Rockville
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 64°
Casey
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 66°
Brazil
Scattered Clouds
67° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 67°
Marshall
Scattered Clouds
67° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 67°
No Major Changes
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events