Team USA Olympic Uniforms Are High Tech!

February 15, 2018

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More wins for Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics and it's hard to escape the uniforms. Besides looking great and not hiding much, they're full of technology to help them go as fast as possible and in a world where fractions of a second can mean the difference of winning and losing. Any loose or dangling clothing item can create drag. So Team USA uniforms for the speed sports contain a lot of high tech. The bobsledding teams’ suits contain a new fabric called ColdGear Infrared. Under Armour says it’s meant to retain body heat longer than other fabrics as they reach speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour. The uniforms also have a fabric called H1 on the shoulders, arms and backs of the bobsledders, lugers and speed skaters that reduces drag caused by wind resistance.  The slightly rough H1 fabric takes the wind in the highest areas of air resistance and evenly distributes it along the back. The uniforms that skiers wear deliberately add air into the suits for protection.  They too can reach speeds of 8 to 90 miles per hour.  In the event the skier falls, an air bladder inside the suit rapidly inflates like an airbag to offer protection from the fall with the airbags deploying in 45 milliseconds. While the uniforms of the Winter Games may look simple, they're just as complex as the athletes.

SOURCE: Popular Science

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