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.