Under Armour debuts new U.S. speed skating uniforms since 2014 Olympic suit controversy

The 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, is only one month away. Excitement and anticipation is brewing, and not just for the forthcoming competitions, but the stylish gear, too.

Under Armour is back after its controversial speed skating suits during the 2014 Sochi Olympics had to be dropped, due to claims they slowed athletes down and affected their performance. Now, the brand is outfitting the U.S. speed skaters after having worked directly with the U.S. Speed Skating Federation over the past four years. The new uniforms feature an asymmetrical cut that allows for more flexible movement. Each suit was also customized to each athlete for a “second-skin” fit. The brand also has a patent-pending 3D aeroprint design and a new aerodynamic fabric called H1. The two elements together are designed to help reduce drag and improve aerodynamics for the athlete.

Ralph Lauren is the designer behind both the U.S. Olympic opening and closing ceremony uniforms and they are exactly what we’d expect: all-American. The fashion brand just unveiled its “Wild West” inspired Opening Ceremony uniforms featuring a thermal heated jacket, après-ski style sweater, “USA” branded knit beanie, denim jeans, and fringed gloves.

The closing version similarly embraces the country’s colors, threading red, white, and blue throughout the look, from the intarsia wool hats, bandana neck scarves, color block sweaters, and puffer down coats all the way to the red stripes on the navy track pants and red laces on the brown suede boots.

Nike unveiled their U.S. Olympic team uniforms earlier this month. The outfits were designed for athletes to wear on the podium during medal ceremonies. Given that the majority of the ceremonies (aside from hockey) will be held in open-air arenas where temperatures are bound to be frigid, Nike focused on form and function when designing the uniforms, without sacrificing style. The uniform is patriotic, featuring an icy red, white, and blue color palette. It includes an insulated white Gore-Tex zip jacket with removable navy bomber jacket, weather-protective pants, lace-free boots, and insulated gloves.

But the key item to highlight are the boots. They possess a certain fashionable street-style quality, designed with a white base, no laces, graffiti-style “USA” graphic overlay, and even an innovative FlyEase-inspired foot entry system with a red pull tab. Ask any hypebeast fan, I’m sure they would love to sport these sneakers all around the city.

Nike also designed Team USA’s hockey jerseys. They are coated in red, white, and blue with the word “USA” emblazoned across the chest.

Burton designed the U.S. snowboard uniforms and has done so for four consecutive Olympics. This year, the brand used NASA as their main source of inspiration. From the logo patches to the apparel themselves, they all embraced a retro NASA style, while creating futuristic design solutions. For example, Burton designed a custom, space-worthy fabric for this Olympic season made in part from actual aluminum. The result is an iridescent silver fabric used for the competition jacket and pants. They are lightweight, waterproof, and resistant to light and sound.

“This is the fourth Olympic uniform that Burton and myself have had the distinct pleasure of working on,” Greg Dacyshyn, head designer of Burton’s Olympic uniform program, shared in a press release. “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. I have always loved the astronauts’ suits, because not only do they have such a cool and amazing aesthetic, they also were designed to function under the most extreme conditions, so this gave us an incredible platform to push the innovation and technology of the garments as well. My hope is that these pieces help the athletes go where no rider has gone before.”

Each brand’s uniform may have their own style, but they all have one thing in common: a celebration of Team USA.

Click through the gallery to see all of the 2018 U.S. Olympic uniforms so far, and check back as we update. Unfortunately, you can’t shop these exact uniforms, but you can still represent our nation in style by shopping for gear on teamusashop.com.

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<p>Maame Biney is a 17-year-old short track speed skater. She is the first black woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Speedskating team and will compete this year. (Photo: courtesy of Under Armour) </p>
Maame Biney in the U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Uniform

Maame Biney is a 17-year-old short track speed skater. She is the first black woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Speedskating team and will compete this year. (Photo: courtesy of Under Armour)

<p>Joey Mantia is a U.S. speed skater and reigning world champion in the mass start. He will compete in the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. (Photo: courtesy of Under Armour) </p>
Joey Mantia in the U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Uniform

Joey Mantia is a U.S. speed skater and reigning world champion in the mass start. He will compete in the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang. (Photo: courtesy of Under Armour)

<p>Jamie Anderson will compete for Team USA in snowboarding and is one athlete to watch. (Photo: courtesy of Ralph Lauren) </p>
Jamie Anderson in the U.S. Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniform

Jamie Anderson will compete for Team USA in snowboarding and is one athlete to watch. (Photo: courtesy of Ralph Lauren)

<p>This is a sketch of the uniforms, designed by Ralph Lauren, that Team USA will wear for the opening ceremony. (Photo: courtesy of Ralph Lauren) </p>
U.S. Olympic Opening Ceremony Uniforms

This is a sketch of the uniforms, designed by Ralph Lauren, that Team USA will wear for the opening ceremony. (Photo: courtesy of Ralph Lauren)

<p>The look features cozy winter accessories and on-trend track pants with red piping. (Photo: courtesy of Ralph Lauren) </p>
Jamie Anderson in the U.S. Olympic Closing Ceremony Uniform

The look features cozy winter accessories and on-trend track pants with red piping. (Photo: courtesy of Ralph Lauren)

<p>Nicknamed “Shib Sibs,” siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani are destined for stardom on the Olympic ice, competing in the ice dance event in the figure-skating category. (Photo: courtesy of Ralph Lauren) </p>
Alex and Maia Shibutani in U.S. Olympic Closing Ceremony Uniforms

Nicknamed “Shib Sibs,” siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani are destined for stardom on the Olympic ice, competing in the ice dance event in the figure-skating category. (Photo: courtesy of Ralph Lauren)

<p>This is a sketch of the uniforms, designed by Ralph Lauren, that Team USA will wear for the closing ceremony. (Photo: courtesy of Ralph Lauren) </p>
U.S. Olympic Closing Ceremony Uniforms

This is a sketch of the uniforms, designed by Ralph Lauren, that Team USA will wear for the closing ceremony. (Photo: courtesy of Ralph Lauren)

<p>Designed by Nike, this uniform features a Gore-Tex waterproof coat with attached knit hand warmers, removable bomber jacket, waterproof pants, lace-less boots, and insulated gloves. (Photo: courtesy of Nike) </p>
U.S. Olympic Medal Stand Uniform

Designed by Nike, this uniform features a Gore-Tex waterproof coat with attached knit hand warmers, removable bomber jacket, waterproof pants, lace-less boots, and insulated gloves. (Photo: courtesy of Nike)

<p>The boots are lace-free and made with comfort, function, and style in mind. The women’s boot (left) is taller than the men’s (right) and includes extra heat-reflective material for warmth. (Photo: courtesy of Nike) </p>
U.S. Olympic Medal Stand Gaiter Boots

The boots are lace-free and made with comfort, function, and style in mind. The women’s boot (left) is taller than the men’s (right) and includes extra heat-reflective material for warmth. (Photo: courtesy of Nike)

<p>A model displays the the male U.S. Olympic medal stand uniform designed by Nike. (Photo: courtesy of Nike) </p>
U.S. Olympic Medal Stand Uniform for Men

A model displays the the male U.S. Olympic medal stand uniform designed by Nike. (Photo: courtesy of Nike)

<p>A model sports the women’s U.S. Olympic medal stand uniform designed by Nike. (Photo: courtesy of Nike) </p>
U.S. Olympic Medal Stand Uniform for Women

A model sports the women’s U.S. Olympic medal stand uniform designed by Nike. (Photo: courtesy of Nike)

<p>Also designed by Nike, the uniforms feature “USA” emblazoned across the chest and icy blue “spike” graphic sleeves. (Photo: courtesy of Nike) </p>
U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Uniform

Also designed by Nike, the uniforms feature “USA” emblazoned across the chest and icy blue “spike” graphic sleeves. (Photo: courtesy of Nike)

<p>This is the fourth time Burton has designed the U.S. Olympic snowboard uniforms. Although Burton has always celebrated a retro quality in the uniforms, the brand went for a retro-futuristic look for 2018, largely inspired by NASA’s spacesuits. (Photo: courtesy of Burton) </p>
U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team Uniform

This is the fourth time Burton has designed the U.S. Olympic snowboard uniforms. Although Burton has always celebrated a retro quality in the uniforms, the brand went for a retro-futuristic look for 2018, largely inspired by NASA’s spacesuits. (Photo: courtesy of Burton)

<p>For the 2018 Olympics, Burton decided to develop a “futuristic”-style fabric made of actual aluminum. As a result, the competition jacket and pants have an iridescent silver color and makes the uniform lighter, waterproof, and resistant to light and sound. (Photo: courtesy of Burton) </p>
U.S. Olympic Snowboard Jacket and Pants

For the 2018 Olympics, Burton decided to develop a “futuristic”-style fabric made of actual aluminum. As a result, the competition jacket and pants have an iridescent silver color and makes the uniform lighter, waterproof, and resistant to light and sound. (Photo: courtesy of Burton)

<p>Designed by the North Face, the Freeski uniform includes a blue jacket, red pants, and heather-grey sweatshirt underneath. (Photo: courtesy of the North Face) </p>
U.S. Olympic Freeski Team Uniform

Designed by the North Face, the Freeski uniform includes a blue jacket, red pants, and heather-grey sweatshirt underneath. (Photo: courtesy of the North Face)

<p>Designed by Columbia, the freestyle ski uniforms embrace performance, innovation, and patriotism in its design. (Photo: courtesy of Columbia) </p>
U.S. Olympic Freestyle Ski Team Uniforms

Designed by Columbia, the freestyle ski uniforms embrace performance, innovation, and patriotism in its design. (Photo: courtesy of Columbia)

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