The 2023 FISU World University Games are now underway in Lake Placid, New York, through January 22, and each time a medal ceremony is held, the medal presenter is wearing a jacket that was designed by a team of recent FIT alumni: Diana Ferreira (Fashion Business Management ’22), Allison Ko (Fashion Design ’22), and Si Ting (Jess) Liu (Fashion Design ’22). The jacket was produced by Karbon, with an emphasis on sustainability through durability, and manufactured incorporating recycled fabrics and insulation.
The second largest multi-sport winter event in the world after the Winter Olympics, the FISU World University Games is an 11-day international competition that brings together 1,443 collegiate athletes, ages 17 to 25, from more than 540 universities in 46 countries, to participate in Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, freestyle and freeski, figure skating, ice hockey, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, snowboarding, ski jumping, and speed skating. The 12 winter sports will be contested throughout northern New York, including Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Wilmington, North Creek, Canton, and Potsdam.
The FIT alumni-designed jacket debuted at the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games Torch Relay Celebration on January 3, at New York City’s iconic Rockefeller Center skating rink. The event was one of the tour’s 15 stops that culminated in Lake Placid with the FISU games’ first carbon-free cauldron lighting. At the event, Figure Skating in Harlem skaters Emily Delbrum, Nadia Neil, Adrianna Walker, and Ariyana Peal joined Adirondack Mac, the official mascot of the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games—a mascot designed and created by another FIT student, Kristina Ingerowski (Illustration AAS ’22; now enrolled in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing)—to debut the games’ ceremonial medal jacket.