Man, American winter sports teams will dress up as anything for the right money. Only five years ago the USA Luge team were dressing up like X-O Manowar.
Spyder, a leading ski and performance brand, today announced a two-year collaboration with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media for an action-packed line of ski performance products inspired by iconic Marvel Super Heroes.
At the FIS Alpine World Cup Championship in St. Moritz, the U.S. Ski Team members will be
cosplaying dressed in race suits as Marvel's Captain America and Captain Marvel. U.S. Ski team athletes who will be wearing the race suits include World Cup Skier Jared Goldberg, Four-time Olympic Medalist Julia Mancuso, and Olympic Gold Medalist Mikaela Shiffrin.
"We're thrilled to be working with Marvel in bringing their Super Heroes to life with the U.S. Ski Team and beyond," said Brady Collings, VP of Marketing of Spyder at Global Brands Group Holding Limited. "Given Marvel's inspirational impact around the world, we have an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the U.S. Ski Team as well as our ambassadors in a broad-reaching way in St. Moritz!"
The look will premier at the Alpine World Cup Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland this week. The full apparel performance collection will be able to buy in the autumn.
"Organic collaborations are increasingly important to building brand equity, and we feel this particular one is a natural fit," notes Natasha Fishman, EVP of Marketing at Authentic Brands Group, owner of the Spyder brand. "Having these world class athletes showcase the new line exemplifies Spyder's brand essence in an authentic way."
"Pairing the world's greatest athletes of skiing with the Marvel Universe exemplifies the spirit of strength, power and perseverance that the U.S. Ski Team and our Super Heroes represent," said Paul Gitter, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Marvel at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. "We are looking forward to outfitting the U.S. Ski Team with this high-quality gear so they can showcase their heroic style just like a Marvel Super Hero."
While VP – Animation at Marvel, Steve Wacker, tweeted,
Hasn't been widely reported yet, but the Men's US Ski team will be wearing the classic 1970s Ms. Marvel costume.
— Stephen Wacker (@StephenWacker) February 9, 2017
Shame, we were close to the midriff-baring look…