Sunday, January 10, 2010

Fit-Gear: To the Medal Stand We Go

The Winter Olympics may still be a month away, but we're getting into the action before the world converges on Vancouver. After all, many of the athletes have been preparing for the last four years to show down on the world's stage--the least we can do is get excited in the months leading up to the Games. And this time it's not a countdown to February 12.

I've been one to lust after athlete looks at the Summer and Winter Games. I talked myself out of purchasing the vest Team USA sported in Torino, but I have some Roots wear from the 2004 Athens Games. I remember hunting down the warm-up outfits the U.S. swim team wore in Atlanta in 1996 and the obsession with the Roots berets in Salt Lake City eight years ago. Luckily when the U.S. athletes top the medal stand in Vancouver, I won't have to play guesswork on who and what they're wearing. We'll see U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes decked out in Nike when they receive their hardware--a collection that's high on performance, sustainability and innovation.

Among the wears you'll find:
  • ACG Considered Design Waterproof Down Jacket--an 800-fill jacket that's warm and waterproof for those hours waiting in snowy conditions. (I'm just remembering Torino's snowy medal ceremonies in the town center.) Each jacket features a fade print for a unique, one-of-a-kind look.
  • ACG Considered Design Waterproof Pant--made from 100 percent recycled polyester, these are lightweight, breathable and waterproof to keep an athlete comfortable.
  • Nike Air Blazer ACG boot--an outdoor trail shoe combines with 1970s street style, and the Regrind outsole prevents slipping on the uphills and downhills.
Now comes the best part...you don't have to be part of Team USA to score these items. We might have to purchase them rather than receive them upon athlete check-in, but Nike's retail version is already available in Niketown stores, select Nike retailers and online. Team USA will also offer some of the merchandise here. Stay tuned for more Olympics-related content. Photo grabbed from Nike. Posted by Kate

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