Lights, camera, fashion.
The opening ceremony for the 32nd Olympiad Games (colloquially known as the 2021 Summer Olympics, duh) kicks off on Friday, and Ralph Lauren re-equips Team USA athletes for their match at the Olympic Stadium.
This year, there’s a slightly new look for the outfits and some cool tech (literally) implemented in the jackets of the country’s flaggers.
Ralph Lauren introduced eco-friendly uniforms for the US team opening ceremony attire, with a style that mixes American style with classic style heading into the Tokyo Olympics.
Here’s what you need to know about the opening ceremony team:
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US Opening Ceremony Outfits 2021
The outfits of the opening ceremony in 2021 are, in fashion, something more of the same that we have seen in years past. Athletes will wear:
- A navy blue blazer with a United States crest and Ralphen Lauren logo on the front;
- A navy blue striped shirt;
- An ascot of stars and stripes;
- Skinny blue denim pants;
- Red, white and blue sneakers.
Fashionably and functionally, the uniforms for the flaggers are also a bit different: they will wear white denim jackets, which will be equipped with a kind of mini air conditioning system that is designed to keep athletes cool while participating in the ceremony. opening.
From the company’s launch regarding technology:
The RL COOLING system is perfectly integrated into the garment and disperses heat from the wearer’s skin through a sophisticated device that monitors and optimizes temperature and uses the same technology to cool the world’s most advanced computer systems. The effect is a cooling sensation that can be felt immediately and is long-lasting, even in the most oppressive heat.
The materials used in the outfit are designed to be durable, eco-friendly, and sustainable as well.
Who designed the US Olympic outfits?
Fashion company Ralph Lauren is back again, having designed America’s pageant outfits at every Olympics since 2008, including the winter games.
However, the company’s designs are not always well received: critics point to Lauren’s “monopolization” of Olympic attire, and some criticize the uniforms as “dull” and boring.
Why US Athletes Wear Jeans to the Opening Ceremony
This year, instead of the white pants, which have been worn in previous versions of the opening ceremony uniform, Ralph Lauren introduced blue denim in the fold (jeans. They are jeans).
While Ralph Lauren doesn’t have a specific reason on its release, the look is supposed to be a serving of Americana to aid the top (or bottom) of the outfits.
Who are the flag bearers of the United States in 2021?
The IOC has changed the flag bearer policy in 2021 to allow two flag bearers, one male and one female, per country in an effort to promote and support gender equality.
Women’s basketball icon Sue Bird, now a five-time Olympian (four-time gold medalist), he holds one of the United States flags. Bird is a 12-time WNBA All-Star, a four-time WNBA champion, and a two-time NCAA champion. She is considered one of the best basketball players of all time.
The Miami Marlins baseball player also holds a flag. Eddy Alvarez. Álvarez, the son of Cuban immigrants, was voted as a United States flag bearer. He becomes the first baseball player to become the country’s flag bearer. Álvarez also participated in the 2014 Winter Olympics, competing and winning a silver medal as a speed skater.
How many Olympians does Team USA have in 2021?
In all, the United States is sending 621 Olympians to Tokyo, and those athletes represent 46 of the nation’s 50 states.
More than 400 athletes will be Olympians for the first time this summer.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.