Official us olympic team apparel

Nike to Replace adidas as U.S. Olympic Sponsor

Nike has signed as an official sponsor and licensee of the 2006 and 2008 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, as announced by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The partnership with Nike will officially begin in January 2005. For the first-time ever, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be wearing Nike’s athletic footwear and apparel on the victory podium.

The partnership between two of the premier organizations in sports will help enhance the visibility of U.S. athletes. The relationship will also create new opportunities for both organizations to effectively enhance grass roots programs and will provide greater support to Olympic and Paralympic sport and athletes at all levels.

The agreement designates Nike as an official outfitter, providing 2006 and 2008 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes with the podium uniform worn during medals ceremonies. In addition, Nike will outfit athletes with athletic wear and performance apparel for approximately half the National Governing Bodies (NGBs) including existing partnerships with USA Track & Field, U.S. Soccer and U.S. Speedskating.

“As the world’s largest supporter of Olympic athletes, we are thrilled to partner with the U.S. Olympic Team,” said Adam Helfant, Nike’s Vice President of Sports Marketing. “Along with these new licensing opportunities, we’re excited to explore countless ways to deliver innovation and inspiration to the U.S. Olympic Movement. We share a deep commitment with the USOC: helping America’s athletes obtain a competitive advantage during Olympic training and competition — that’s what’s at the heart of this agreement.”

Nike’s official U.S. Olympic Team sponsor status will provide them benefits such as broad apparel, footwear and headwear licensing rights, exclusive podium attire rights and joint marketing opportunities. In addition, Nike will work closely with the USOC and U.S. athletes to design more innovative products and deliver inspirational marketing campaigns.

“Nike is an authentic brand, recognized for excellence and uncompromising performance – just like our U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams,” said USOC Chief Executive, Jim Scherr. “Nike now joins an elite group of American and international corporations that not only support America’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls, but recognize the value of investing in the U.S. Olympic Team brand,” added Scherr.

A long-time supporter of Olympic sports, Nike currently has partnerships with eight U.S. National Governing Bodies: USA Hockey, U.S. Rowing, U.S. Soccer Federation, USA Softball, U.S. Speedskating, U.S. Snowboarding, USA Track & Field, and USA Volleyball’s Beach Volleyball Team and has already helped numerous athletes achieve their Olympic dreams.

Individual Olympic athletes endorsed by Nike include: Marion Jones, Lance Armstrong, Mia Hamm, Serena Williams, Derek Parra and Cammi Granato. As an official U.S. Olympic Team sponsor, Nike’s extension in support of U.S. athletes will help outfit more than 1,500 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic winter and summer athletes beginning in 2006 and continuing through 2008.

Nike’s sponsorship includes advertising and promotion use of U.S. Olympic marks and graphics for advertising and marketing purposes.

The announcement of Nike’s partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee is the sixth renewal or new sponsorship announced by the USOC in the last twelve months.

Where To Buy Team USA Olympic Opening Ceremony Outfits & Coats With Built-In Heaters

The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun, and as important as the games is keeping warm during the opening ceremony, in style. The athletes will do just that, and here’s where to buy Team USA Olympic opening ceremony outfits so you can be toasty AF too.

A grand total of 243 U.S. athletes will march in the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in PyeongChang, South Korea on Feb. 9, 2018 at 6 a.m. ET. In addition to launching the competition, the opening ceremony is something of a worldwide fashion show. Each year, the U.S. taps a patriotic designer to create the uniform for the American athletes to wear. This year, fashion brand Polo Ralph Lauren is dressing the men and women in lust-worthy duds with some seriously cool features. The most alluring aspect of the designs is the internal heating system built into each jacket. Even better than that, though, is that non-Olympic gods like me and you can buy them!

That’s right, while on my couch watching the best athletes on earth compete, stuffing popcorn into my mouth, I’ll be comforted by the fact that I can dress like one. Here’s all the deets on the epic opening ceremony uniforms and how you can score the Olympic fashions.

The Today Show first debuted this year’s outfits.

Team USA Ceremony Women’s Sweater

Ralph Lauren

($595; ralphlauren.com)

The team will be wearing this Nordic-inspired sweater as a base layer. It’s a pricey knit but also v exclusive.

Team USA Ceremony Women’s Skinny Jean

Ralph Lauren

($295; ralphlauren.com)

Men and women will both be wearing these printed skinny jeans.

Team USA Custom Unisex Opening Ceremony Hat

($180; ralphlauren.com)

This official Team USA hat is customizable with six different hat color combinations, four different pom pom options, and you can personalize it with your initials.

Team USA Ceremony Women’s Mittens

Ralph Lauren

($135; ralphlauren.com)

These limited edition mittens convert into fingerless gloves, so your phone is never out of reach.

Team USA Opening Ceremony Parka

Ralph Lauren

(Ralph Lauren SoHo; 212-625-1660)

There’s no confirmed price on these jackets because they’re sold out unless your a world-class athlete (in which case you get one for free). Non-Olympians can get on the waitlist for one by calling the Ralph Lauren store in SoHo, New York City at 212-625-1660. And I think you’re going to want to once you hear more about the features this jacket boasts — the parkas have an internal heating system that you can control via your cell phone.

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It’s about 32 degrees Fahrenheit during the PyeongChang opening ceremony, which isn’t the coldest temperature I’ve heard of, but the athletes have to stand out there for about two hours, all while having cameras shoved in their faces. I’d want to ensure my warmth if I were them, and Ralph Lauren does too.

You see that metallic American flag on the inside of the jacket? It’s an electronically-printed heat conductor made of carbon and silver ink. “The printed conductive inks are flexible and stretchable, and connect to a battery pack with three settings. With water-repellent properties and featuring 11 hours of heating time at full charge and immediate heat, the jackets are truly functional pieces for America’s brightest athletes,” said a press release. And it’s all controlled by way of the wearer’s cell phone!

Ralph Lauren also used the jackets for good, raising money for the U.S. Olympic Team. From Jan. 22 through Jan. 24, the brand donated $1 to the United States Olympic Committee for any post on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook that used the hashtag #HeatTheWayForTeamUSA, up to $100,000.

Now, back to watching the Olympics from the comfort of my own personal heating device — my apartment.

Who Designed The Team USA Opening Ceremony Uniforms? This Designer Is Familiar With Gold Medal Looks

Athleisure might be having a moment, but the Olympic looks are taking the trend above and beyond. As the Today Show originally reported, Ralph Lauren designed the U.S. Olympic opening ceremony uniforms, and the items are just as innovative as they are trendy. The initial look includes knit sweaters, heated jackets, and little bit of fringe. Whether or not these athletes make it to the podium, they’re already winning a gold medal in fashion.

The 2018 Winter Olympics are being held in PyeongChang, which means cold-weather accessories are a must for the event. Don’t think that means they’ll be skimping out on the fashion though. Ralph Lauren has been chosen, yet again, to design the opening ceremony outfits and the outfit is as trendy as ever.

According to Today, the outfits will include heated red, white, and blue jackets this year. Previous Bustle reporting states that the coats actually have a discreet heating element inside that will keep athletes warm throughout the entire ceremony.

“In a process developed exclusively for Ralph Lauren, the heating system is made from electronic printed conductive inks, printed in the shape of an American flag in carbon and silver ink and bonded to the interior of the jackets,” the press release states. “The printed conductive inks are flexible and stretchable, and connect to a battery pack with three settings. With water-repellent properties and featuring 11 hours of heating time at full charge and immediate heat, the jackets are truly functional pieces for America’s brightest athletes.”

Courtesy TODAY

On top of the innovative jacket, the team will be wearing knit sweaters and fringe gloves to keep them warm. There will also be official USA knit caps involved in the look. While the look is mainly red, white, and blue, the gloves bring a pop of color, albeit brown, into the look.

According to the press release, it was important for the designer to combine fashion and function into the look. The heated element goes way beyond any other opening ceremony outfit though.

“Ralph Lauren is excited by the convergence of fashion and function, and we are committed to supporting Team USA athletes by outfitting them with the latest innovative technology,” said David Lauren, chief innovation officer for Ralph Lauren, in a press release.

“We’re proud that we’ve worked so closely with the athletes, as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee, to keep evolving and improving. The uniform celebrates the American spirit, with iconic pieces updated with modern details and technical fabrications.”

This is far from the first outfit that Ralph Lauren has created for an Olympic ceremony. The designer has been coming up with red, white, and blue looks since the Beijing Olympics in 2008. That includes the Sochi and Vancouver Winer Olympics, as well as the London and Beijing Summer Olympics.

While you can’t buy the heated jacket that the athletes will be wearing, you can stock up on the rest of the look. As of Jan. 29, there are two styles of sweaters, three hats, a pair of jeans, and mittens up for grabs. The styles range from $65 to $595, so you should probably start saving up now. The outfits might be gifted to the athletes, but they will cost you a pretty penny.

Just like past collection, these are limited edition items. They’ll only be around as long as the 2018 Winter Olympics are, which is from Feb. 9 to the 25. After that, the looks will be gone for good.

Ralph Lauren

Team USA Ceremony Sweater, $595, Team USA Ceremony Skinny Jean, $295, Team USA Opening Ceremony Hat, $165, Ralph Lauren

There’s a good chance that Ralph Lauren will be designing the Olympic looks until the end of time, because they get better every single year.

Team USA To Wear Pacific Northwest Wool At Winter Olympics Ceremonies

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When Team USA marches into a South Korean stadium for the Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies next month, they’ll be swathed in Northwest wool. Team sponsor Ralph Lauren used wool from an Oregon ranch for the patriotic sweaters, mittens and hats.

Apparel maker Ralph Lauren took a public beating in 2012 when Americans learned that year’s U.S. Olympic Team ceremony outfits were made overseas. For the 2014 Winter Games, the New York fashion house went with “Made in the USA,” starting with wool from sheep grazed on the Oregon high desert.

It’s back to that source again, to the delight of wool grower Jeanne Carver.

“Every factory, spinner, dyer, knitters, weavers—all the people who have been part of this—we’ll all be just a little prouder and little more connected to our U.S. athletes and you know, standing with them as they go into competitions,” she said.

Carver said the exposure from being an Olympics supplier helped business “grow dramatically” at her Imperial Stock Ranch. So much so, she happily roped in other Western family ranches to help meet demand.

Imperial Stock Ranch, which Carver co-owns with husband Dan, spreads across 32,000 acres near the town of Shaniko in north central Oregon.

One outcome Carver hoped to see from the high-profile domestic “in-sourcing” of the Olympic team outfits in 2014 was to boost U.S. textile processing and manufacturing more broadly.

“It led to increased opportunity for additional woolgrowers in America as well as strengthening ‘Made in America’ efforts for Ralph Lauren and others,” a satisfied Carver said Monday in an interview from New York City. “It led to wonderful partnerships with other major bands and of course, a continued relationship providing yarn to Ralph Lauren for various programs.”

The 2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony sweater was a colorful patchwork of patriotic symbols, stars and Olympic rings, which some reviewers loved and others judged as too garish or loud.

File photo. Imperial Stock Ranch owner Jeanne Carver holds up Team USA’s Opening Ceremony sweater from the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Credit David Nogueras / OPB

This year’s version is unlikely to grab the spotlight in the same way given its classic ski sweater design using red and white motifs on a navy blue base. For a limited time, you too can wear the sweater if you have a cool $595 in spare change to buy it.

The initial buzz at the 2018 Opening Ceremony uniform unveiling Monday was all about the parka the athletes will wear over the sweater. The new parka, made by a New Jersey company, has a built-in, battery-powered flexible heating system.

“When Team USA comes together, it’s so special. To be able to wear all these uniforms will be amazing,” ice dancer Maia Shibutani said while modeling the collection during a segment on NBC’s Today Show.

There are other Northwest connections to Winter Olympics fashion. Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike sponsors a separate uniform that America’s top finishers will don to march onto the medal stand.

The uniforms worn in competition are yet again different, some from Nike and some made by rivals. The U.S. freestyle ski team will wear outerwear from Portland’s Columbia Sportswear while shredding moguls or flipping through the air.

More than once, Northwest Olympians have remarked after interviews with public radio that they have to devote precious bandwidth to remembering which sponsors’ apparel to wear when.

US Olympic Team Unveils Opening Ceremony Uniforms

The U.S. Olympic team is heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in style with the coolest warming outfits at the opening ceremony parade on Feb. 9.

Ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani and bobsledder Aja Evans helped unveil the Polo Ralph Lauren-designed techwear uniform Monday on NBC’s “Today” show. The innovative red, white and blue down parkas are embedded with wearable heating technology, giving athletes a jolt of toasty warm at the touch of a button.

“Ralph Lauren has effortlessly woven style and functionality into the opening ceremony uniform for the 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams,” Lisa Baird, U.S. Olympic Committee chief marketing officer told “Today.” “The revolutionary design will keep American athletes warm as they proudly walk through the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony.”

The uniforms’ heating systems are made from electronic-printed conductive inks, which are printed in the shape of an American flag in carbon and silver ink, according to “Today.” The flag is connected to a battery pack that has three heat settings for athletes to choose from.

“The jackets are amazing,” Alex Shibutani said.

The patriotic togs also features a slim jean with moto-inspired seaming, an intarsia-knit wool sweater, a navy wool ski hat with “Team USA” lettering, a USA-themed navy bandanna, brown suede gloves with fringe and beading and brown suede mountaineering boots with red laces.

Polo Ralph Lauren is the official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams for its sixth Olympic Games. The closing ceremony uniform, which also reflects Polo’s iconic all-American style, was unveilved in November.

The Polo Ralph Lauren Team USA collection is available in select Ralph Lauren retail stores, at RalphLauren.com and TeamUSAShop.com. A portion of the proceeds will go to the U.S. Olympic team.

The 2018 Winter Olympics are right around the corner. With the recent unveilings of the Slopestyle course and the new U.S. snowboard team uniforms, winter athletes will be heading to PyeongChang before we know it.

And this will be only the fourth Winter Olympic Games in which snowboarding is an Olympic sport. So we wanted to take a trip down memory lane to see how the U.S. Olympic snowboard team uniforms (which have exclusively been made by Burton each year) have evolved since the mid-00s that eventually brought us to the spacesuit-inspired 2018 uniforms.

2006 Winter Olympics

Danny Kass and Shaun White displaying the 2006 U.S. uniforms to the world on the podium with Finland’s Markku Koski. Photo: Courtesy of U.S. Ski & Snowboard/Smugmug

If you don’t remember what Shaun White was wearing when he took gold at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics in halfpipe and propelled himself to international stardom, we don’t blame you. Harkening a classic baseball uniform with pinstripes and all white, it certainly featured some very mid-00s font as well.

Burton pro rider Keir Dillon told TRANSWORLD SNOWBOARDING in 2006, “Nothing is more American than baseball, so we went for the retro ball game uniform style mixed with a baggy fit that we’ll all be proud to wear.”

2010 Winter Olympics

The 2010 plaid on denim look. Photo: Courtesy of Burton

Apparently, nothing spoke more true to American style in 2010 in Vancouver than blue jeans and plaid. And who could forget that American flag bandana that Shaun White used to keep that red mop out of his face? Created to be the “anti-uniform,” these digs certainly speak to Americana.

“There’s nothing more American than blue jeans,” Burton’s Creative Director Greg Dasychyn told ESPN in 2010. “And this time around we wanted something that spoke more to snowboarding, a look that speaks more to the sport’s individualism and character, and a look that is popular in the sport right now.”

2014 Winter Olympics

American patchwork. Photo: Courtesy of Burton

The Sochi Winter Olympics begat a patchwork jacket that oozed a vintage thrift store score. Based off a vintage American quilt the Burton team found, the rest of it stayed pretty neutral with the khaki pants. The big draw was the retro-looking American flag adorned on the left sleeve of the jacket.

2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 NASA inspired look. Photo: Courtesy of Burton

Based off the classic NASA astronaut suits of yesteryear, the 2018 offering seems extremely fitting. From the colors to fonts to shape of the mittens even, every piece of this uniform gives us the nostalgic feeling of man walking on the moon.

“This is the fourth Olympic uniform that Burton and myself have had the distinct pleasure of working on,” Dacyshyn recently said. “Like the previous three which had a retro inspired influence, the 2018 theme is also a heavy nod to Americana, because its main influence is the iconic suits of the United States’ leading space exploration program.”

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A 94-Year History Of Team USA Women At The Winter Olympics

When the Winter Olympics began in 1924, women competed in two of 16 events. It was an improvement over the first Summer Olympics in 1896, which did not include any women competitors – but it was still far from equality.

Even in the 21st century there were still sporting events where women were not allowed to compete. For example, women’s ski jumping was added to the Olympic program as recently as 2014. Whereas the men have been competing in it since the first Winter Olympics in 1924.

But we’ve come a long way. Now sports cannot be added to the Olympic program without also containing a women’s event — a new rule since 2012. The Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 will mark the first Winter Olympic event with full gender balance, and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will have 48.8% female participation, a record for a Summer Games.

In honor of Women of Team USA Week, we took a look back at the past 24 Winter Olympics to see when women began competing in various events, and how well the U.S. women have fared.

Beatrix Loughran (L) won the first Winter Olympic medal by a U.S. woman in 1924, while Chloe Kim (R) won one of the most recent U.S. women’s golds in 2018.

1924 – Chamonix

Though women were barred from competing at the ancient Olympics, the first Winter Games — which were originally known as “International Winter Sports Week” — only saw 11 women taking part out of 258 competitors. At the time there were only two events open to them of the 16 total: women’s figure skating and mixed pairs. Beatrix Loughran won silver for Team USA in women’s figure skating.

1928 – St. Moritz

Switzerland was the home to the second Olympic Winter Games, and the first time the Games were held in a different nation from the Summer Games of the same year. Women competed in the same events they did in Chamonix, and this time Loughran took the bronze.

1932- Lake Placid

No new sports were added to the Olympic program this year, and women were not yet added to the existing Olympic sport disciplines of bobsled, cross-country skiing, ice hockey, Nordic combined and ski jumping. In figure skating, American Maribel Vinson won bronze in the women’s singles competition, while Loughran won her third Olympic medal: silver in pairs with Sherwin Badger.

1936 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Alpine skiing was added to the Olympic program at these Games, with one event – the combined, consisting of downhill and one of slalom – held for men and one for women. Garmisch-Partenkirchen marked the first time no U.S. women medaled at a Winter Games.

1948 – St. Moritz

With 12 years having passed since the last Winter Olympics, these Games were named the “Games of Renewal” due to the gap in time caused by World War II.

Alpine skiing added separate downhill and slalom races to the program this year, following the success of the combined format the previous Winter Games.

Gretchen Fraser medaled in two of the three women’s alpine events in Switzerland, with her gold in slalom marking the first Winter Olympic gold medal for a U.S. woman and the first gold medal by a U.S. skier. She also took silver in the combined.

1952 – Oslo

Despite cross-country skiing being included in the Olympic program since the inception of the Winter Games, women were not able to compete until the Oslo Games.

In Norway, men competed in two individual events and a relay, while a 10-kilometer women’s event was added.

The U.S. took home its most women’s medals yet at these Games with alpine skier Andrea Mead Lawrence winning both the slalom and giant slalom races, Tenley Albright taking silver in women’s figure skating, and Karol Kennedy and brother Peter Kennedy earning silver in pairs.

1956 – Cortina d’Ampezzo

The 1956 Winter Olympics was the year that the Olympic oath was sworn by a female athlete for the first time — Italian alpine skier Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo, who won bronze at the 1952 Oslo Games was given the honor.

While the men had one cross-country skiing event added for four total in Italy, the women were also given a second: the 3×5-kilometer relay.

The 1956 Games marked the first time two U.S. women shared a Winter Olympics podium, with Albright advancing to gold and Carol Heiss taking silver in women’s singles skating.

1960 – Squaw Valley

The 1960 Gamess in California saw the introduction of biathlon, but only for men, and women’s speedskating. Women would now have four speedskating events, just like their male counterparts, as opposed to none.

American Jeanne Ashworth took home the bronze in the 500-meter, marking the first of 28 women’s long track speedskating medals the U.S. has won to date.

For the first time ever, U.S. women won more medals than the men at these Games. Heiss took home figure skating gold four years after her silver, teammate Barbara Roles joined her for bronze, alpine skier Penny Pitou won two silvers, her teammate Betsy Snite won a silver, and Nancy and husband Ronald Ludington earned pairs bronze.

1964 – Innsbruck

Luge debuted in the 1964 Olympics, with events contested in men’s singles, women’s singles and doubles. Cross-country skiing also added a third women’s event.

Alpine skier Jean Saubert won the only true women’s medals for the U.S. at these Games, taking two silver medals. Figure skater Vivian Joseph and her brother/pairs partner Ronald Joseph finished fourth at the time but were later awarded the bronze medal.

1968 – Grenoble

For the first time at the Games, gender tests for women were introduced, as well as doping controls for both men and women.

While no new women’s events were added, the women of Team USA had a historic Games of their own, winning five of the country’s seven medals, including its sole gold from figure skater Peggy Fleming. The other four medals came from three speedskaters.

1972 – Sapporo

These were the first Olympic Winter Games organized in Asia, and one Team USA would remember for a long time. Seven of the eight U.S. medals came from women, which included the country’s first women’s speedskating gold medal from Dianne Holum. Anne Henning matched that feat the following day.

Barbara Cochran won gold in slalom, her teammate Susan Corrock took bronze in the downhill, while Holum and Henning each picked up another medal.

1976 – Innsbruck

Ice dance made its Olympic debut in 1976, when Americans Colleen O’Connor and Jim Millns skated away with the bronze.

Dorothy Hamill returned the U.S. to the top of the women’s figure skating podium at these Games, while U.S. women’s speedskaters again picked up four medals, highlighted by Sheila Young’s 500-meter gold.

1980 – Lake Placid

On home ice, Linda Fratianne earned silver in women’s figure skating, while speedskater Leah Poulos-Mueller won two silvers and teammate Beth Heiden took bronze.

Heiden’s brother Eric stole the show at these Games – as did the U.S. men’s ice hockey team (Miracle on Ice, anyone?) – winning gold in all five men’s speedskating races.

1984 – Sarajevo

Only one women’s event was added to the Games this year: the 20K for women’s cross-country skiing, which gave women a total of four races, the same number as the men.

The U.S. women’s performance was led by Debbie Armstrong and Christin Cooper taking gold and silver in giant slalom. Rosalynn Sumners won silver in figure skating, and yet another sibling team – silver medalists Kitty Carruthers and Peter Carruthers – medaled in pairs.

1988 – Calgary

When Canada hosted the Olympic Winter Games for the first time the number of events increased from the previous Games by seven.

Alpine skiing made the biggest jump when it went from five to 10, adding super-G for the first time and bringing the combined back.

Bonnie Blair won two speedskating medals for the U.S., while Debi Thomas and Jill Watson earned bronzes in singles and pairs figure skating, respectively.

1992 – Albertville

At the last Winter Games to be staged in the same year as the Summer Games, Albertville saw the addition of two new disciplines to the program: freestyle skiing and short track speed skating, both of which contained events for women. These Games also marked the long-awaited first appearance of women’s biathlon, with three events (same number as the men). Cross-country skiing also added a fifth women’s event, just as it did for the men.

With these changes, there were nearly 200 more women competing in Albertville than Calgary.

The U.S. won 11 medals in France – nine of which came from women, including all five golds. Kristi Yamaguchi won women’s figure skating gold and Blair speedskating gold, while moguls skier Donna Weinbrecht and short track speedskater Cathy Turner were golden in their event’s debuts.

1994 – Lillehammer

Aerials joined moguls on the freestyle skiing program at these Games for both men and women.

Blair was once again in the news when she made history by becoming the first woman to win three consecutive speedskating titles in the 500-meter and to win a second 500/1,000 double. Turner also defended her gold in short track, while alpine skier Diann Roffe won the super-G for her second Olympic medal and first gold.

1998 – Nagano

The Nagano Games saw roughly 250 more women compete than Lillehammer.

While men began competing in ice hockey at the 1920 Summer Olympics – and had since played at every Winter Games since – women were finally added to the Olympic program in Japan this year.

The U.S. women won gold over Canada at the women’s Olympic debut, quickly establishing the two powerhouse nations that have continued to medal every Games since.

Snowboarding was also new, with both men’s and women’s events in giant slalom and halfpipe. Nagano was the only Winter Games to feature giant slalom, with it becoming parallel giant slalom for every Games since.

In the halfpipe, Shannon Dunn secured the bronze and began a medal streak that has seen the U.S. women medal in every Winter Olympics thus far, including four consecutive double-podiums starting in 2006.

Curling also returned to the Olympic program after men last competed at the first Games in 1924. But this time it returned with a men’s and women’s event. While the U.S. men secured a bronze in 2006 and a historic gold in PyeongChang, the women have yet to reach the podium.

Among the eight U.S. women’s medals in Nagano was Nikki Stone’s gold in aerials, the first and still the only gold medal Team USA has won in the event.

2002 – Salt Lake City

When women’s bobsled was added to the program in Salt Lake City, Vonetta Flowers became the first black athlete to earn gold at a Winter Games (led by pilot Jill Bakken). The American women have gone on to medal in bobsled at every Games since – the only nation to do so.

Skeleton also returned to the program in Salt Lake City, this time allowing women to compete for a medal for the first time after men competed in 1928 and 1948.

Tristan Gale came away with gold and Lea Ann Parsley won silver for the United States and in the United States.

The home Games brought Team USA a whopping 34 medals, compared to the 13 earned in Nagano.

Eleven of those medals were earned by women, including golds by figure skater Sarah Hughes, halfpipe snowboarder Kelly Clark and long track speedskater Chris Witty.

2006 – Torino

For the first time, live video coverage of the Olympic Games was available on mobile phones. With the new addition in technology came the inclusion of three new events: mass start biathlon, team pursuit speedskating and snowboardcross, all of which had both men’s and women’s events.

Snowboardcross received the most attention, with Team USA’s Lindsey Jacobellis taking silver for what remains the country’s only women’s snowboardcross medal to date.

Out of Team USA’s 25 medals in Italy, only eight were earned by women, plus one mixed gender medal when Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto took silver to return the country to the ice dance podium for the first time in three decades.

The other women’s medalists were highlighted by alpine skier Julia Mancuso and halfpipe snowboarder Hannah Teter, who both won gold, and Rosey Fletcher, who won bronze in parallel giant slalom for what is still the only women’s alpine snowboarding medal by an American.

2010 – Vancouver

Skicross was added to the program, but United States has yet to send a woman in this event.

The United States took home a record 37 medals in British Columbia, including 13 earned by women.

At her third Games, Lindsey Vonn won her first Olympic medal, a gold in the downhill, which marked the first downhill gold by a U.S. woman. Three days later she took bronze in super-G.

2014 – Sochi

In addition to a nation hosting the Winter Olympics for the first time, 12 new events were added to the Sochi Games; many of which were added in an attempt to give the Games a younger feel – and to work toward gender equality. The twelve events were: figure skating team event, luge team relay, biathlon mixed relay, women’s ski jumping, slopestyle skiing (men and women), slopestyle snowboarding (men and women), halfpipe skiing (men and women) and parallel slalom snowboarding (men and women).

After enduring legal battles, women’s ski jumping was finally added to the Games 90 years after men began jumping. American Sarah Hendrickson was the 2013 world champion but a knee injury left her unable to compete leading into the Olympics. She entered the Games unranked and was thus awarded a spot in history as the first woman ever to jump at the Olympics.

Contributing to 13 of Team USA’s 28 medals, the U.S. women saw a number of highlights.

In luge – a sport that began at the Games 50 years earlier – Erin Hamlin made history when she became the U.S. woman to win an Olympic medal in the sport of luge the first American of either gender to medal in singles luge.

Eighteen-year-old alpine Mikaela Shiffrin won gold in slalom to beceme the youngest-ever Olympic champion in the history of the event.

Slopestyle snowboarder Jamie Anderson and halfpipe skier Maddie Bowman won gold in their events’ Olympic debuts, while slopestyle skier Devin Logan took silver in hers.

Meryl Davis and partner Charlie White won the first American ice dance gold in history.

Perhaps the most historic achievement was that of Lauryn Williams, who partnered with Elana Meyers Taylor to win silver in bobsled, making her the first U.S. woman in history to medal in both the summer and winter Games. Williams owns Olympic gold and silver in track and field from the 2004 and 2012 Games.

2018 – PyeongChang

This year’s Winter Olympics saw women competing in 44 events — a far cry from the two they started with in 1924. Despite men still having an additional five events, this was the most events for women at any Winter Olympics.

For the first time in 20 years, U.S. women won more than their male counterparts, earning 12 of 23 and contributing to two mixed gender medals.

Some of the historic achievements this time were rooted around age and teamwork.

Chloe Kim became the youngest women’s snowboarder to win an Olympic gold medal at age 17, while Lindsey Vonn became the oldest women’s alpine skier to medal at age 33.

The U.S. women’s ice hockey team returned to the top of the podium for the first time in 20 years, beating rival Canada in a shootout. And Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall won the cross-country team sprint for the first U.S. women’s cross-country medal, first U.S. cross-country gold and first U.S. cross-country medal in 42 years.

Best US performance at the Olympics

No American woman had ever won an Olympic medal in cross country until Jessie Diggins overtook Sweden and Norway on the final lap to win the team sprint freestyle alongside Kikkan Randall. The bubbly 26-year-old from Minnesota, who spends her downtime learning hip-hop dance routines from YouTube tutorials, suffered near-miss after near-miss early on in Pyeongchang when she finished in the top six but off the podium in her first four events, missing bronze by 3.3 seconds in the 10km freestyle. Nevertheless, she persisted. For her efforts – and ebullience – Diggins was chosen to carry the flag into the closing ceremony by her USA team-mates. BAG

John Shuster’s name was synonymous with failure on the biggest stage. It was always unfair. He had a good record in World Championship competition, and if anyone in the USA could’ve outperformed him, he wouldn’t have been in the Olympics. Americans have short attention spans, and we only notice the Olympics, where he has twice flopped as a skip. After a 2-4 start in Pyeongchang, every game was a must-win. He reeled off a long succession of clutch shots over the course of several days. A 4-5 record would’ve been fine. He, and his team, won gold. BD

The women’s hockey team’s win over Canada was the most exciting moment for the American delegation. It had been 20 years since the team had won gold, forever frustrated by the mighty Canadian team. And while this group seemed to have a better chance at gold going into these Games, the thought of actually beating Canada in the final sounded too daunting to imagine. Then they did and in one of the greatest Olympic hockey games too. LC

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. Hockey may be the ultimate team sport, but Lamoureux-Davidson’s individual effort on her shootout goal to help finally push the US past Canada set her apart. A day after the US win, I was at a hockey rink and saw a group of young boys trying – and failing – to replicate the female star’s puck wizardry. The US will likely have to go through Canada again in four years, but Lamoureux-Davidson’s goal in Pyeongchang will live on forever. DG

Biggest US disappointment

Madison Hubell and Zachary Donohue encapsulate the feelings of many US skaters in Pyeongchang. Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

None of the US women’s figure skating contingent – Bradie Tennell (who finished ninth), Mirai Nagasu (10th) and Karen Chen (11th) – skated cleanly in any of their six programs in the singles competition, where an American woman failed to finish in the top six for the first time at any Olympics since World War II. As Alina Zagitova became the second-youngest Olympic gold medalist in figure skating history after Tara Lipinski, the heady days of American dominance embodied by Lipinski, Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen and Sarah Hughes never felt more distant. (And that was before the normally whip-smart Nagasu’s bizarre post-competition remarks, which she’s been walking back since.) BAG

The disappointment was spread almost evenly, from speedskating to biathlon, but the biggest had to be figure skating. They were just good enough in the team event, and Mirai Nagasu in particular was exceptional. But after that, too many things went wrong. The highlights were Nathan Chen’s free skate and the Shibutanis’ free dance, along with beautiful but not highly scored skates from Adam Rippon. The lowlights: all three women had major issues with their individual performances, two of the ice dance duos faltered in the free skate, and Chen dug too deep a hole for himself in the short program. BD

Figure skating overshadows everything else at the Winter Olympics and the US traditionally does well in this sport. At least until this year. While there were a few bright spots for the American team – Nathan Chen’s comeback and team and ice dancing bronzes – the overall performance was poor, especially for the US women who have often been the country’s biggest Olympic stars. Pyeongchang showed how far American figure skating has fallen behind the rest of the world. LC

Things quickly fell apart for US figure skating after getting bronze in the team event and no number of Adam Rippon interviews could save it. The question for US figure skating is, considering the intense training required by very young athletes to excel in the sport, is it worth what’s required to get back to the medal stand in 2022? DG

Star of the Games

Marit Bjoergen displayed her brilliance in Pyeongchang. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

The only correct answer is Ester Ledecká, the winter sports polymath from the Czech Republic whose golds in alpine skiing’s super-G (in one of the biggest Olympic upsets ever) and snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom (as the prohibitive favorite) gave her an unprecedented ski-snowboarding double and made her only the third athlete ever to win individual Winter Games medals in different sports and the first in 86 years. Greatest athlete on the planet? The 22-year-old is no doubt in the discussion. BAG

Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen already had 10 Olympic medals from four Olympics. That’s a remarkable career, but it wasn’t enough for her. At age 37, she took five more, finishing her Olympic career with a rout of nearly two minutes in the 30km classical. She is the Michael Phelps of the Winter Games, holding the career record with 15 medals. BD

While Norway dominated the Olympics and should be celebrated as the star of the Games, we must pay tribute to the US men’s curling team. The memory of five unathletic men with brooms in their hands will be burned in many minds for years to come. America is about to have its curling craze. A sport that has brought giggles for years will now spawn news clubs and a new generation of young American curlers looking for their own Olympic glory – without having to lift a weight. LC

Chloe Kim’s father emigrated to the United States. And the 17-year old snowboarding superstar loves breakfast sandwiches so much she tweeted about them in the middle of her work day. Tens of millions of Americans can relate to at least one, if not both of those experiences. What we can’t relate to is her ability to fly in the half pipe. But her talent, youth and personality means she will be the biggest name in US winter sports heading to 2022. DG

Villain of the Games

Elizabeth Swaney wends her way towards a very average performance. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

My personal villain was Soohorang. (Don’t even get me started.) But a more universal choice would have to be the weather, which made a mockery of organizers’ attempts to schedule the alpine skiing competition by squeezing it on both ends of the calendar. As a result Mikaela Shiffrin’s much-hyped bid for history in five events was truncated to three. Her results in those races speak for themselves – first in the giant slalom, fourth in the slalom and second in the alpine combined – and by no sane metric could Shiffrin’s Olympics be considered a disappointment, even if the fourth-place finish did come in the discipline she’s dominated since Sochi. But there will always persist a sense of “what if” surrounding Shiffrin’s fortnight in the Taebaek mountains. Who knows what records might have fallen had only the weather complied? BAG

Italian biathlete Dominik Windisch surely couldn’t believe his luck in the mixed relay when Germany’s Arnd Peiffer missed four shots, leaving the door open for Italy to take a medal. Windisch and Peiffer battled for the third spot all through the last lap. Windisch had a slight edge heading into the finishing straight, where lanes are marked and skiers are supposed to remain within them. Windisch and Peiffer each picked a lane just before the markers. But Windisch suddenly moved in front and cut him off. Peiffer practically had to stop and change lanes, finishing 0.3 seconds behind Windisch. The jury ruled the move legal. Bild saw it differently, with the headline: “Italien foult sich zu Biathlon-Bronze (Italy fouls its way to biathlon bronze)”. BD

Wasn’t Russia supposed to have been banned from these Olympics for manipulating thousands of doping tests for its athletes before and during the 2014 Sochi Games? And yet more than 170 Russian athletes were allowed to compete in Pyeongchang under the vague title of Olympic Athletes from Russia. There was even a Russian House, even if it wasn’t allowed to use that name. What’s a ban if it isn’t really a ban? LC

We’ve all had the conversation about which Olympic sport we could most easily participate in without any training. Maybe it’s one of the people who sweeps in curling. Or the guy in doubles luge who doesn’t steer the sled. But that’s all it’s supposed to be: a conversation. Elizabeth Swaney actually did it in competition. Swaney loopholed her way into a spot in the skiing halfpipe for Hungary and then cautiously coasted down the course. It’s not what the Olympics is supposed to be about. The Olympics are supposed to be about corruption and blood doping. I’m sorry, I mean the best athletes in the world. DG

The US’s performance at the Games was…

Without diminishing the efforts and commitment of the individual athletes themselves, it’s hard to characterize the collective outcome as anything but a disappointment. The 23 overall medals won fell short of the USOC’s target goal of 37 medals and baseline of 25. And only 11 of those 23 came in sports that were on the program at the Calgary Olympics in 1988, when the United States hit rock bottom with six to prompt an overhaul of the entire winter sports infrastructure. The downward trends in two sports where the United States has traditionally thrived, speed skating and figure skating, showed no signs of reversing. And this was without a full-strength Russian side in the mix. Let the inquest begin. BAG

Erratic. Also unlucky in the case of Alpine skiing, where the rescheduling hurt Mikaela Shiffrin’s quest to win a ton of medals, but she still wound up with a gold and a silver. In biathlon and speedskating, the USA had a strong 2017 season but fell off sharply this season. It’s not that the squad is considerably worse across the board, but they’re missing some of the rainmakers they’ve had in the past. In 2010, the USA had three athletes – Bode Miller, Johnny Spillane and Apolo Ohno – win three medals each. This year, the only multimedalists were Shiffrin, snowboarder Jamie Anderson and the ice-dancing Shib Sibs, each with two. But nine gold medals and 23 in total aren’t bad, and the breakthroughs in cross-country skiing and curling, along with the women’s hockey thriller, will be replayed on NBC for decades to come. BD

Sometimes the obsession over medals can cloud perceptions of what the Olympics is supposed to be about. But the US was expected to win more than 23 medals, especially after taking 28 and 37 in the last two Winter Games. There were great performances like Chloe Kim in the halfpipe, yet overall the American team fell far short of their goals. Especially disappointing were the figure skating and speed skating teams. LC

Just good enough. The US finished fourth in gold medals in fourth in total medals, far back of Donald Trump’s beloved Norway, but Team USA’s big successes — Chloe Kim, the US women’s ice hockey gold, Team Shuster’s upset curling gold (I believe one or two people called it the Miracurl On Ice) — meant that a narrative of underperformance could never really stick. DG

One improvement for the Beijing Games

This marked the United States’ lowest medal haul since the 1998 Nagano Games, when they finished sixth in total medals with 13, the same below-average placement their eight medals earned in Sapporo 1972. That’s worrisome when you consider Beijing will be the third of three straight Olympics in the far east after Pyeongchang and the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. There’s always going to be a drop-off when you compete halfway the world, but let’s just hope the USOC makes headway on whatever distance-based issues they can identify that are holding the team back. BAG

For organizers: start the Alpine skiing events before the opening ceremony so weather postponements won’t compress the schedule so badly. For those who aren’t directly involved: get NHL players back in the Olympics. BD

Not only are cities finding it expensive to host Olympics but fans can’t seem to afford the tickets. The everlasting image of Pyeongchang was event after event performed in front of empty stands. It’s a lot to expect people from all over the world to spend thousands to come to the Olympics. Too often, the Games are held in places where locals can’t afford to buy seats. In 2008 many Beijing residents were priced out of events being held in their neighborhoods: the IOC has to find a way to make tickets affordable otherwise they are just producing a television show before empty audiences. LC

None. In four years, I think we’ll all be happy enough if the world is still in good enough shape for the Olympics to take place. DG

Bigger Than Ever, And More Diverse: Team USA At The 2018 Winter Olympics

The United States team walks in the Parade of Athletes during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday. The team has more athletes than any nation at the Games and it’s the most diverse of any U.S. winter squad, in terms of both race and gender. There are 108 women on the team, more than any other U.S. Winter Olympics team in the past. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images hide caption

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The United States team walks in the Parade of Athletes during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday. The team has more athletes than any nation at the Games and it’s the most diverse of any U.S. winter squad, in terms of both race and gender. There are 108 women on the team, more than any other U.S. Winter Olympics team in the past.

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Team USA is bringing more athletes to Pyeongchang (242) than any nation ever has to a Winter Olympics. This year’s team is also the most diverse of any U.S. winter squad, in terms of both race and gender: The 108 women on the 2018 team are the most of any U.S. team at a Winter Games.

Team USA is nearly 45 percent female, putting it slightly above the average for all countries competing in Pyeongchang. Overall, the Winter Olympics has boosted women’s participation since the 1990s, largely by removing barriers to sports such as the biathlon, curling and ice hockey. But other restrictions remain that close events to women, including requirements that women race in only the shorter two-person bobsled, with no four-person events.

The U.S. squad includes 10 African-Americans, 11 Asian-Americans and its first two openly gay athletes.

Four of the five athletes on the U.S. women’s bobsled team are people of color, led by Elana Meyers Taylor. The total includes alternate Briauna Jones, who will step up if there are injuries on the two-sled team. If the team reaches the podium, it will continue a streak of success: With a similar makeup, the 2014 version of the team won silver and bronze at the Sochi 2014 Games.

The age range on Team USA is from 17 to 39, with an average age of 26.4 years. The oldest U.S. Olympian in South Korea is the hockey team’s Brian Gionta, 39. The youngest is 17-year-old figure skater Vincent Zhou – one of eight U.S. athletes born in 2000.

A majority of America’s athletes in Pyeongchang are first-time Olympians — but there is also deep experience on the team. Kelly Clark and Kikkan Randall are the first women to represent the U.S. at five Winter Olympics. And Shani Davis will be the first U.S. speedskater to race in five Olympiads.

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Five of the Americans have come to defend Olympic gold medals they won at the Sochi Winter Games of 2014: Jamie Anderson (snowboarding slopestyle); Maddie Bowman (freestyle skiing halfpipe); Ted Ligety (alpine skiing giant slalom); Mikaela Shiffrin (alpine skiing slalom); and David Wise (freestyle skiing halfpipe).

At 5 feet tall, figure skater Karen Chen and short track speedskater Jessica Kooreman are the shortest members of the team. The tallest U.S. Olympian is alpine skier Bryce Bennett, who is 6 feet 7 inches.

A little over 75 percent of the 2018 U.S. Olympians have gone to college, with 87 schools represented.

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Utah’s Westminster College, which produced 10 percent of the American athletes who went to the Sochi Games in 2014, is again the top school with students on the U.S. Winter Olympics team, sending 21 athletes. The college is in an educational partnership with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard federation, promising four days of class and three days on the slopes. The school offers a tuition grant program for students from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard team.

One wide discrepancy on the team is in its ranks of parents: There’s only one mother on the team — cross-country skier Kikkan Randall — while there are 20 fathers.

Team USA has one set of married athletes: pairs figure skaters Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim.

There are seven sets of siblings at the Pyeongchang Games; nearly half of them compete in cross-country skiing.

To see which U.S. Olympians are from your state, visit our story on The Olympian Next Door.

Everything You Need to Know About Team USA’s Winter Olympic Uniforms

Today, the U.S. Olympic Team made its debut at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, sporting an ensemble created by the Ralph Lauren brand.

For the sixth time, label is an official outfitter of the U.S. team, and its latest uniform includes a jacket, sweater and pants with an all-American style. And the whole look is topped off by brown suede mountaineering boots that were manufactured by Allen Edmonds in its U.S. factory.

Below are details on some of the other uniforms that Team USA will be wearing over the next couple of weeks.

Erin Hamlin carries the U.S. flag during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. CREDIT: Rex

Medal Stand Uniform

In addition to providing jerseys for several of the national hockey teams — including the U.S. and Canada — Nike created Team USA’s medal stand ensemble, featuring high-tech weatherproof jackets and pants, and the NSW Gaiter Boot with a lace-free closure system.

Nike’s NSW Gaiter Boot for Team USA. CREDIT: Courtesy of brand

Freeski Team Gear

The North Face is back for the second time as the uniform supplier for the U.S. Freeski Team. To design the look, the brand worked with its athlete partners, including Olympic gold medalist Maddie Bowman. The kit includes outerwear, base layers, accessories and footwear.

Devin Logan in The North Face’s Team USA uniform. CREDIT: Courtesy of brand

Snowboarding Uniform

The 2018 U.S. Snowboarding Team could double as extras in a retro sci-fi movie. Burton’s official uniform for the athletes is white with red color pops, and it takes distinct design cues from vintage NASA space suits. The jacket lining also features Korean translations of phrases like “Do you speak English?” and “Wish me luck.”

Burton’s uniform for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team. CREDIT: Courtesy of brand

Ski Team Casual Boots

Khombu has a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Ski Team as an official footwear supplier and has a branded collection of après boots in stores now.

Khombu’s official apres-ski boot for the U.S. Ski Team. CREDIT: Courtesy of brand

Speedskating Uniforms

After its 2014 Olympic speedskating uniform was widely panned, Under Armour went back to the drawing board for Pyeongchang. Two years of development and 100 hours of wind tunnel testing resulted in H1, a highly aerodynamic fabric that has been integrated into the arms and legs of the speedskating skins.

Maame Biney in Under Armour’s uniform for the U.S. Olympic speedskaters. CREDIT: Courtesy of brand

Bobsled & Skeleton Uniforms

Under Armour also is providing the “skins” that are being worn by the U.S. bobsled and skeleton teams, modeled here by bobsledders Hakeem Abdul and Codie Bascue. In addition to the racing outfits, the team also will be wearing items from the brand’s Country Pride collection, including puffer coats and vests, a warmup jacket and a special version of UA’s Fat Tire boot.

Under Armour’s U.S. Olympic bobsled skins. CREDIT: Courtesy of brand

Mogul Skier Gear

Team USA’s mogul skiers will be braving the hills in a kit by Columbia. The uniform features the brand’s Outdry Extreme waterproof protection and a camouflage pattern designed to help mask body movement — a key judging component for moguls skiers.

Columbia’s uniform for the U.S. Olympic mogul skiers. CREDIT: Courtesy of brand

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LOOK: USA Basketball hides non-Nike shoes in Olympic team photo again

Here’s a totally normal photo of Team USA that Nike Basketball and Jordan Brand tweeted on Monday:

Nothing weird about this at all. @nikebasketball

Yes, it makes perfect sense for Jimmy Butler to be crouched down, turned sideways. And for DeAndre Jordan to be squatting in front of the only other center on the roster. I’m sure the way the shot was framed had nothing to do with hiding Harrison Barnes’ Adidas shoes, Kyle Lowry’s Adidas shoes and Klay Thompson’s Anta shoes.

Just like in 2008, there was nothing strange about Mike Krzyzewski’s foot obscuring Dwight Howard’s Adidas sneakers, while everyone else had their Nike sneakers visible:

Pretty good team. USA Basketball

As pointed out by SB Nation, Kevin Love was the only member of the United States’ 2012 Olympic team who was not a Nike or Jordan Brand player, but he actually wore Nike during the shoot because of a “comfort clause” in his shoe contract. Of course, this surely can’t have anything to do with the fact that his shoes were the only ones completely blocked out in the team photo:

Also a pretty good team. USA Basketball

I’m not sure why I even shared these old photos, as there is clearly no connection between USA Basketball and Nike at all. Let’s talk about important stuff, like Lowry wearing a headband. What’s up with that?

Where To Get The Yellow Sneakers Team USA Wears For Medal Ceremonies — PHOTOS

Team USA started off the 2016 Olympics in style at the Opening Ceremony festivities dressed in Ralph Lauren-designed uniforms, but the chicness didn’t stop there. While USA’s attire throughout the games has been fashionable, functional, and patriotic, it is Team USA’s yellow sneakers at the Olympics medal ceremonies that have caused quite a bit of buzz amongst athletes and fashionistas alike.

The U.S. team rarely steps outside of the red, white, and blue color scheme at the Olympic games, but not this year. While U.S. athletes wear only their country’s colors during competitions, they have been adding a neon yellow to their otherwise patriotic uniforms at medal ceremonies. This unexpected pop of color comes from the athletes’ super cool kicks, which are designed by none other than Nike.

The sneakers of note are the Nike RN Fly Knit shoes in the color Volt, according to Sole Collector. Although the yellow kicks might come as a surprise, I happen to think they look pretty darn cool. Not only are they a great way to spot American medalists, but they happen to color-coordinate well with their bling.

Luckily for us, they have yet to sell out. So if you are hoping to dress like an Olympian, look no further, as I’ve rounded up the nine coolest neon kicks out there — including Team USA’s exact sneakers.

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1. Exact Match

Nike Free RN FlyKnit, $130, Nike

While it is possible that the Olympians have a more tricked-out version of the Nike Free RN Flyknit than the ones that are currently being sold online, these neon kicks look identical to the ones rocked by Team USA at the medal ceremonies.

2. White & Neon

NikeCourt Air Zoom Ultra, $100, Nike

Liven up your workout wardrobe with this volt-colored Nike shoe.

3. Reflective

Nike Free 5.0 Flash iD, $165, Nike

Reflective and neon shoes? No one will miss you in these Nike Frees.

4. Blue/Green

Women’s Vazee Pace Running Shoe, $99.95, Amazon

A little more colorful than the Olympic medal shoes, these neon sneakers are just yearning to go for a jog.

5. Monochrome

Asics Women’s Gel-Quantum 360 Running Shoe, $170, Asics

Asics’ shade of green shoes prove that monochrome doesn’t mean boring.

6. Speckled Sole

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 11iD, $180, Nike

Add a little pep to your step with these Nike Air shoes and their fun and colorful sole.

7. Yellow

Ignite Ultimate PwrCool Women’s Running Shoes, $60, Puma

Whether you prefer all-black gym-wear or like a lively workout set, these bright yellow shoes will add a pop of color to any and every outfit.

8. Little Bit Of Neon

Nike Zoom Streak 6 Unisex, $110, Nike

Are bright and flashy details not really your thing? Try this subdued and slightly neon Nike sneaker.

9. Technicolor

Nike Zoom Streak LT 3 ULTD, $80, Nike

Want to really make a statement? Try a rainbow-hued neon shoe like this zoom streak sneaker from Nike.

Now you can walk like an Olympian in a pair of neon kicks.

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