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The iconic American brand unveiled Team USA's opening ceremony parade uniform on Wednesday, featuring a new wearable technology it calls "RL Cooling." The team's jackets are designed with a self-regulating temperature cooling device — basically, a personal air-conditioner to wear during what is expected to be one of the hottest-ever Games. 

The not-yet-announced flag-bearers will wear a unique white denim jacket equipped with the cooling technology during the Olympic and Paralympic opening ceremonies, which will feature few athletes and no fans as Japan continues to battle the pandemic. All Team USA Olympic and Paralympic athletes will eventually receive the cooling jackets after the ceremony.  

"Through the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Ralph Lauren celebrates America's pioneering spirit and tradition, while embracing modernity and innovation — and it is with that ethos in mind that we approached the development of the RL COOLING technology,"  said Chief Branding and Innovation Officer David Lauren. "Recognizing Tokyo's summer heat, we sought to develop a solution for Team USA that fuses fashion and function—allowing them to look and feel their best on one of the world's biggest stages." 

According to the brand, the device monitors and optimizes the wearer's temperature, activating a system when the wearer is overheated that creates a "cooling sensation" that is long-lasting, regardless of the outside temperature. The battery-powered device is placed on the back of the jacket, blasting the wearer's neck with cold air in a similar way to how computers are kept cool.

According to researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy, personal thermal management systems may have the potential to reduce the need for mass cooling units, which are extremely energy-intensive and environmentally destructive. Ralph Lauren first began exploring the technology for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, where athletes wore heated jackets

As for the rest of the Team USA gear, Ralph Lauren calls the red, white and blue uniforms "classic all-American." 

The opening ceremony outfits feature a navy blazer, striped t-shirt, printed scarf, a striped belt, denim pants and matching shoes. The closing ceremony look includes a white drawstring jacket, a white Polo shirt and white denim pants.

Both outfits come with face masks.  

Every item is made in the U.S. and uses sustainable processes and materials, including a dying process that uses less water, chemicals and energy and fabric made from recycled plastic water bottles. 

"Following a year marked by isolation and strife, this summer's Games are a true testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and the universal power of sport to energize and unite the world," said Lauren. "As we come together to celebrate and compete, we must also embrace our responsibility to protect the planet we all call home." 

Sophie Lewis is a social media producer and trending writer for CBS News, focusing on space and climate change.

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Byron Scott Says Team USA Loss Biggest Upset In History

TMZ 15 July, 2021 - 02:05am

TMZ Sports talked to the former star player and coach ... only minutes after Nigeria downed the U.S., 90-87 in a tune-up (exhibition) game for the Olympics.

"I wouldn’t say one of the biggest, that’s probably the biggest upset," Scott says.

But, why is it such a shocker??

Consider this ... when USA and Nigeria faced off less than a decade ago at the London Olympics, America dominated Nigeria on the court -- winning by 83 points.

83 POINTS (that squad had Kobe Bryant & LeBron James, FWIW).

Despite still having a pretty stacked roster complete with KD, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal and Dame Lillard ... Nigeria's squad -- with 7 active NBA players -- clearly weren't intimated.

Team USA recently came together and only had a few practices ... meanwhile Nigeria has been practicing for weeks.

And, that's why Scott says things have changed ... and gold is no longer a guarantee.

"It’s not a given. It’s not a given by the USA anymore. Basketball in this world has caught up to the U.S. of A. And it’s going to be that much tougher for them to win the gold this year, no doubt about that."

But, Byron still has faith ... we asked if he still sees gold in Team USA's future.

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