What Team USA Athletes Will Wear at the Closing Ceremony – NBC Connecticut
The Olympic swag keeps coming for Team USA.
Athletes will have the chance to put on their latest gear during the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics this Friday.
Like any Olympic achievement, creating the outfits for the Games is a team effort, with contributions from Kim Kardashian’s Skims line to Volcom, which provides gear specifically designed for snowboarders. However, the honor of designing outfits for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies has belonged to Ralph Lauren since 2008, the last time the Olympics were held in China.
Ralph Lauren’s Team USA collection – which debuted on the Today show in late October – includes 53 men’s items, 45 women’s items, 22 boys’ items and 13 girls’ items.
Among these, a complete set of clothing and accessories specially designed for the closing ceremony. The big item: a plaid puffer jacket.
Listed at just under $1,800, this jacket steals the show. It has a navy blue base with a red checkered front and an American flag patch attached on the left sleeve. Athletes will pair it with a wool turtleneck that features both the American flag and the Olympic rings on the front.
The rest of the outfit includes fleece pants, red winter boots and an abundance of accessories to complete the look.
All of these layers and more will be needed to keep the athletes warm on Friday, when temperatures are expected to dip below freezing in China at the start of the closing ceremony.
These outfits reflect not only the spirit of Team USA, but also the goals of the Olympic movement, namely to make sustainability one of the pillars of Olympism. Ralph Lauren is said to have teamed up with reprieve – a performance fiber made from recycled materials – to produce this collection.
For the second consecutive Olympics, only a handful of athletes are expected to stay in Beijing on Friday.
According to the IOC’s Olympic manual, in an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19, athletes are recommended to leave within 48 hours of their final competition, unless they choose to participate in the closing ceremony. This is an adaptation of a rule established for the Tokyo Olympics which required all athletes to leave the host city within that 48 hour window.
Although their absences may be felt, they will always have the full equipment.