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For the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony uniform, Ralph Lauren is debuting a state-of-the-art wearable technology that self-regulates the temperature.

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The US flag-bearer will wear a jacket that features cooling technology to beat the Tokyo heat during the Olympics opening ceremony. USA TODAY

Perhaps no athlete in the U.S. Olympic delegation is as familiar with the heat of a Japanese summer than Sakura Kokumai.

Making her Olympic debut in karate (women’s kata), Kokumai studied and worked in Japan prior to the Olympics, a decision that prompted her to move back to the United States and dedicate all of her time to training.

Before that, Kokumai wore a suit and boarded a Tokyo train every day.

“Warm is not even (the word),” Kokumai told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s very humid, very sticky, very hot.”

Temperature was a primary consideration Team USA Olympic outfitter Ralph Lauren accounted for as it designed the opening ceremony uniform, which was unveiled Wednesday. David Lauren, the company’s vice chairman of the board and chief brand and innovation officer, said the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) wanted to dress the athletes in blazers for the opening ceremony as a way to highlight the aspect of global ambassadorship.

“Every time we’ve created an Olympic uniform, we know (the world is) looking to see, ‘What is America about?’” Lauren told USA TODAY Sports.

The jacket is similar to the uniform Kokumai wore every day to work — with an essential innovation for what could be the hottest Olympics on record. 

Ralph Lauren is debuting its RL COOLING jacket, which includes a device that allows wearers to self-regulate the temperature.

The battery-powered device, located on the back of the neck, creates a cooling sensation that lasts, even in the most oppressive heat.

For Lauren, the challenge was creating something that celebrated American style and craftsmanship – a classic and smart look – while making sure athletes feel comfortable.

“I’m very excited to wear (the jacket),” Kokumai said.

In addition to the navy blazer (made from US-grown wool), the uniform includes a T-shirt, a printed scarf, shoes and – it’s still a pandemic – mask. All materials have an element of sustainability and environmentalism.

That is also part of the inspiration behind the cooling jacket, Lauren said, a product that “looks like it could change the way we think.” A study from the U.S. Department of Energy suggested that personal, portable thermal management could one day reduce the reliance on mass-energy cooling systems, such as HVAC. The company first began exploring the technology ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where the Ralph Lauren Heated Jacket debuted.

“The way in which we dress,” Lauren said, “cannot only look great, but be great.

“We all have to become more conscious, that we can push the boundaries, that we can bring about innovation to solve problems in new ways.”

As the opening ceremony in Tokyo will be scaled back with only VIPs and no Japanese fans allowed, the flag-bearer’s jacket – colored white – will be the only  one equipped with the technology. Kokumai won't be arriving in Tokyo until July 25, so she won't be participating in the ceremony. No details have been released by Tokyo 2020 on how COVID protocols might further impact the ceremony. 

All Team USA athletes will eventually receive a cooling jacket, however, and it  will eventually go on sale for the public.

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Team USA Is Back, Baby! Renovating Courts, and Other Bulls Bullets 14 July, 2021 - 12:08pm

•   After two extremely disappointing exhibition losses, Kevin Durant and Co. looked way more like we expected as they cruised to an easy 108-80 victory over Argentina. So what change? Well, I know one thing …

Wake Up and Watch Zach LaVine Dominate for Team USA!

— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) July 14, 2021

•   Zach LaVine gets his first start as a member of Team USA and they pull off their first dominant victory of the year? Coincidence!? I THINK NOT!

•   Ok, fine, it was maybe a coincidence, but LaVine did play some really good basketball. The Bulls All-Star played with a bit more offensive aggressiveness during this contest, and I loved what I saw off the ball. While the team’s lack of chemistry still tends to show itself with some spacing issues, LaVine looked pretty aware of where to be, how to cut, and when to demand the ball. The dude simply looked like a winning player last night, and I think that shows itself in the box score with his +26 mark, which was second-highest on the team.

•   Team USA also did a much better job at not hunting for fouls and actually attacking the rim. As NBC Sports Chicago Rob Schafer pointed out, Team USA won the paint battle 40-28 after losing it 44-24 against Australia. While I know the team is a bit undersized in the frontcourt, the sheer athleticism of this team should put up a real fight in that department on a nightly basis.

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•   Luis Scola is 41-years-old and still beating dudes down in the paint.

With USA switching everything, Argentina clearly seeking Zach LaVine out in the post on defensive end. Scola and Deck have each beaten him for buckets a couple times.

— Rob Schaefer (@rob_schaef) July 13, 2021

•   Brb gonna go Tattoo this on my back.

😬😬😬😬#USABMNT | @ZachLaVine

— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) July 13, 2021

•   When Kawhi Leonard failed to return in the Eastern Conference Finals, this felt like a possible outcome.

Kawhi Leonard had surgery to repair a partially torn right ACL.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2021

•   Fortunately, when you’re a two-time NBA champion and one of the best two-way players in the world, an ACL injury should not have much of an impact on the money you can grab in free agency. Leonard can test the free-agent waters this summer if he turns down his $36.5 million player option. Most signs put to him signing an extension with the Clippers, but we all know how crazy the NBA can be.

Bulls mailbag, asked and answered.

Given the number of questions on him, could’ve made it the Dejounte Murray edition (who knew?) but branched out to Bulls' free agency, Marko Simonović.

For ⁦@NBCSChicago⁩:

— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 14, 2021

Something to keep an eye on 🧐

— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) July 14, 2021

•   Candace Parker has become the first female athlete to appear on an NBA 2k franchise. Chicago represent!

NBA 2K22 covers: Luka Doncic, Candace Parker and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Dirk Nowitzki/Kevin Durant. Parker becomes the first female cover athlete in the history of the 2K franchise.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2021

•   Lace ’em up and meet me here in 20mins. 

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