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Ralph Lauren unveils low-key Team USA uniforms for upcoming Winter Olympics closing ceremony

Ralph Lauren unveils Team USA uniforms for Winter Olympics closing

Aja Evans in Ralph Lauren closing ceremony outfit Winter Olympics 2018
Bobsledder Aja Evans models Ralph Lauren Winter Olympics 2018 Team USA Closing Ceremony outfit. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren
Winter Olympics 2018 closing ceremony outfits Team USA Ralph Lauren bandana
An American flag bandanna will be part of the Team USA look at the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren
Gus Kenworthy Winter Olympics 2018 Ralph Lauren closing ceremony outfits
Men's freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy models a Ralph Lauren Winter Olympics 2018 Team USA Closing Ceremony outfit. Photo courtesy of Ralph Lauren
Unveiling of Ralph Lauren Team USA Winter Olympics closing ceremony uniforms
The uniforms were recently unveiled on NBC's Today Show with freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, ice dancing duo Maia and Alex Shibutani, and snowboarder Jamie Anderson as models. Courtesy photo
Ralph Lauren Olympic opening ceremonies uniforms January 2014 Zach Parise
The Ralph Lauren-designed outfits for the Opening Ceremony at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 were dissed by many fashion critics. Photo courtesy of © Ralph Lauren
Aja Evans in Ralph Lauren closing ceremony outfit Winter Olympics 2018
Winter Olympics 2018 closing ceremony outfits Team USA Ralph Lauren bandana
Gus Kenworthy Winter Olympics 2018 Ralph Lauren closing ceremony outfits
Unveiling of Ralph Lauren Team USA Winter Olympics closing ceremony uniforms
Ralph Lauren Olympic opening ceremonies uniforms January 2014 Zach Parise

With fewer than 100 days until the Winter Olympics kick off in PyeongChang, South Korea, the United States Olympic Committee and Polo Ralph Lauren have unveiled Team USA’s uniforms for the closing ceremonies in late February, 2018.

As usual, the color combination is red, white and blue. And, since the end of the Olympics is a more casual affair than the beginning, the look is laid back, with a retro flair that would fit in on the slopes of any major winter ski area. Team USA members will be wearing a white down jacket, a double fleece pant in navy with red stripe detailing and “USA/018” lettering, and a vintage ski-inspired sweater in a red, white and blue block stripe.

The understated uniforms, which will also be worn by athletes at the Paralympic Winter Games following the Winter Olympics, are accented with wool gloves and wool ski hats in a winter-inspired intarsia pattern, an American flag bandanna, and brown suede mountaineering boots accented with red laces.

The Polo Ralph Lauren Team USA Collection will be available next month in select Ralph Lauren and Polo Ralph Lauren retail stores and on RalphLauren.com and TeamUSAShop.com.

The uniforms were recently unveiled on NBC's Today Show with Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Jamie Anderson, Olympic silver medalist freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, and brother-and-sister ice dancing duo Maia and Alex Shibutani as models.

It will mark the sixth time Polo Ralph Lauren has been the official outfitter of Team USA.

Team USA's Opening Ceremony outfits will be unveiled close to the time the PyeongChang Games open on February 9, 2018 and they are likely to be considerably more sedate than the uniforms Lauren designed in 2014.

At the opening of the Sochi Olympics in 2014, Team USA wore red-white-and-blue patchwork cardigan sweaters, which I thought looked terrific particularly when the team entered as a group. But I was in the minority, as many critics lashed out, comparing them to tacky Christmas sweaters and calling them "eye-poppingly awful."