Nike's Team USA Medal Stand Collection - what American Olympians in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will wear to the podium to receive their gold, silver or bronze medals in - appears to be tapping into the same retro / vintage vibe as other recently official outfitters of the 2018 Winter Games, including Burton, whose snowboarding uniforms took inspiration from the '70s-era US space program, and Ralph Lauren, who made the retro puffer jacket the centerpiece of Team USA's closing-ceremony ensemble.
North Korea will also send high-ranking officials, athletes, and a cheering squad to the Olympics, a senior South Korean official said on Tuesday.
Taeyang is one of several Korean singers to be featured as an honorary ambassador for Pyeongchang 2018, along with opera singer Jo Sumi, Insooni, Jinusean's Sean, Girl's Day, AOA, and CNBlue's Jung Yonghwa.
The Olympic gear will be available for purchase next week on Nike's website. Folks using Samsung, Google, Windows, and Android and iOS devices will be able to access the content via the NBC Sports VR app.
NBC said it will be the first time ever that VR will be available for a Winter Olympics and that Olympic VR programming will be live in the U.S. Events getting the live VR treatment include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, alpine skiing, curling, snowboarding, skeleton, figure skating, short track, ski jumping, ice hockey and big air.
"The Olympics have always been an opportunity to showcase emerging media technology", said Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics, in a statement. No word yet on whether NBC's Olympics coverage in VR will feature VR advertising as well.
The XXIII Games begin on February 9 and conclude on February 25.
NBC Olympics' first foray into VR was for the Rio Olympics in 2016.