The Winter Olympics begin in just two days time (Friday 4 February) and it will be the first games since 2010 that Great Britain’s best ever Winter Olympian, Lizzy Yarnold will not be attending.
The world’s most successful skeleton athlete announced her retirement after the 2018 Games and we will now see 50 athletes over in Beijing compete for the 2022 Games.
With the opening ceremony just over 48 hours away, Olympic fans around the world will be waiting with anticipation to see the new kits that have been designed for the China Games.
Over the years there have been some iconic kits on exhibition at both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
In London 2012, the likes of Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah wore Stella McCartney’s design which featured the Union Jack across the tops in varying shades of blue, while the USA dazzled fans in Rio in 2016 when Simone Biles sparkled her way around the stadium for her Women’s Individual All-Around performance.
So, who will the British Olympians be and what will their new kit be like?
Here’s all you need to know about the new Winter Olympics kit for 2022 and who will be wearing them…
Who has made the different squads for the Winter Olympics?
Four of the athletes competing in the Games have won medals at previous Games: Izzy Atkins, Eve Muihead and Laura Deas all won medals in 2018, 2014, and 2018 respectively while Gus Kenworthy won a silver medal in 2014 when he was representing the United States of America.
The past two Games - Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 2018 - have been the most successful for Team GB as they won five medals at both.
Here are the 2022 confirmed Olympians who will hope to make Beijing even more successful than previous Games:
- Billy Major - Slalom, team event - 1st Games
- Dave Ryding - Slalom team event
- Charlie Guest - Slalom, team event
- Alex Tilley - Giant slalom, slalom, team event
- Brad Hall - Men’s two and four-man
- Nick Gleeson - Men’s two and four-man
- Greg Cackett - Men’s four-man
- Taylor Lawrence - Men’s four-man - 1st Games
- Ben Simons - Men’s reserve
- Mica McNeill - Women’s
- Montell Douglas - Women’s - 1st Games
- Adele Nicoll - Women’s (reserve) - 1st Games
- James Clugnet - cross country - 1st Games
- Andrew Musgrave - cross country
- Andrew Young - cross country
- Bruce Mouat - Men’s and mixed doubles - 1st Games
- Grant Hardie - Men’s - 1st Games
- Bobby Lammie - Men’s - 1st Games
- Hammy McMillan - Men’s - 1st Games
- Ross Whyte - Men’s (alternate) - 1st Games
- Eve Muirhead - Women’s - Bronze medallist (2014)
- Vicky Wright - Women’s - 1st Games
- Jen Dodds - Women’s and mixed doubles - 1st Games
- Hailey Duff - Women’s - 1st Games
- Mili Smith - Women’s (alternate) - 1st Games
- Natasha McKay - Women’s singles - 1st Games
- Lilah Fear - Ice dance - 1st Games
- Lewis Gibson - Ice dance - 1st Games
- Lloyd Wallace - Men’s aerials
- Leonie-Gerken-Schofield - Women’s moguls - 1st Games
- Makayla Gerkn-Schofield - Women’s moguls - 1st Games
- Will Feneley - Men’s moguls - 1st Games
- Ollie Davies - Men’s ski cross - 1st Games
- Gus Kenworthy - Men’s ski halfpipe
- James Woods - Men’s ski slopestyle and big air
- Zoe Atkin - Women’s ski halfpipe - 1st Games
- Kirsty Muir - Women’s ski slopestyle and big air - 1st Games
- Katie Summerhayes - Women’s ski slopestyle and big air
- Rupert Staduinger - Men’s singles
- Kathryn Thomson - Women’s short track 500m, 1000m and 1500m
- Farrell Treacy - Men’s short track 1000m and 1500m
- Niall Treacy - Men’s short track 1000m - 1st Games
- Cornelius Kersten - Men’s long track 1000m and 1500m - 1st Games
- Ellia Smeding - Women’s long track 1000m and 1500m - 1st Games
- Laura Deas - Women’s - 2018 Bronze medalist
- Brogan Crowley - Women’s - 1st Games
- Matt Weston - Men’s - 1st Games
- Marcus Wyatt - Men’s - 1st Games
- Huw Nightingale - Men’s snowboard cross and team - 1st Games
- Charlotte Bankes - Women’s snowboard cross and team
- Katie Ormerod - Women’s slopestyle and big air
Who is the designer for the Winter Olympics 2022?
The kits this year have been designed by Adidas. This is not the first time Adidas have been used as they continue their trend of participating in the clothing of Olympians.
Adidas collaborated with Stella McCartney for the 2012 London Olympics but have this year taken on the full role of design as well as production.
What are the kits like?
Adidas have collaborated with Parley for the Ocean for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and the insulation for the kits has been made out of recycled marine plastic.
The kits consist of four ‘key’ items of clothing: a puffer jacket, a pair of women’s trainers, leggings and a lighter jacket for layering.
There is block colouring of the Union Jack across the kit and the chest of the jackets and leggings will have the letters GBR imprinted in white.
The collaboration with Parley for the Ocean has allowed the thermal insulation material in the clothing to be made by PrimaLoft.
The Terrez Myselter puffer jacket is also insulated with 100% recycled plastic, around 40% of which has been intercepted from coastal communities and shorelines by Parley for the Oceans.
The clothing brand are using the same technology found in their Cold.Rdy collection and it is a technology that is designed to insulate the body in cold weather.
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