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Olympic Team Made in the USA, but Not the Uniforms (at Least in 2012)

Friday, July 13, 2012

The U.S. Olympic Committee and designer Ralph Lauren have agreed that Team USA’s outfits for the opening and closing ceremonies will be made in America for the 2014 Winter Games.

Lauren, a designer known his Americana-sense of style came under fire over where the uniform for this summer’s games were made. Congress showed some rare bipartisan support in criticizing the manufacturing of the berets, blazers and pants in China.

"I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on taxes.

On the Media’s Bob Garfield says having the uniforms manufactured in China does seem a stupid idea. “This [is] penny wise and pound foolish,” Garfield said. “They could have paid, maybe, double the cost of manufacturing and saved themselves some embarrassment, but this is going to go away very, very soon.”

He points out, with less than two weeks before the start of the Olympics, getting new uniforms made is unlikely. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said late Friday that it's too late to make a change in the outfits for the London Games.

Still Garfield does think having the clothes made in China is symbolic in one way — it vividly illustrates the textile industry has gone elsewhere.

“Whether the Olympic team uniforms are manufactured in the U.S. or China or Pluto, will have no bearing what so ever on the global economy and U.S. jobs,” Garfield said.

As for complaints that the Lauren uniform, white pants, blue blazer with the polo logo and blue beret with white and red accents, is “too European,” Garfield doesn’t necessarily view it that way.

“With the beret, they don’t look like athletes so much as special forces,” he joked.

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Comments [5]

Dennis Williamson from Toronto Canada

America have sold their souls to the devil, they no longer care about the American dream it is the Chinese that now have the American dream. where and when will America realize that they are in second place to China a country where there is no respect for Hunan Rights , one of the reason for the Olympic Games. Go ahead America Make my day.

Jul. 27 2012 11:39 PM
Golden Networking from New York, NY

With many Americans still unemployed, many think the U.S. Olympic Committee should have off-shored American jobs make uniforms for American athletes in China. What do you think? Should we burn or wear the uniforms made in China? Join the debate next Tuesday 24 in New York City: http://bit.ly/LYNXPM

Jul. 20 2012 05:22 PM
clive betters

so, will they be made in the U.S.,by non-unionized labor,as oppossed to

prison-slave labor in china??

....aren't we evolved.....

Jul. 14 2012 02:07 PM
Louise Wood

Unless everything in your house, your car,your office is made in the USA, this statement is hypocritical. Wake up! We are in a global community. No country supports their people with only their stuff. This is a distraction from all the REAL problems. Real people need food every day to live, clean water, more than 7.25 an hour to live. We are the world.

Jul. 14 2012 09:01 AM
FBastiat from NJ

Any fair evaluation of the situation should consider the extra cost that the manufacture of the goods in the US is costing the USOC. In some way either directly by paying more for the product or indirectly by discouraging future clothing provider bids there is a price to pay. This is an textbook example of pontificating politicians, Chuck Schummer being the most outrageous one, of trying to curry the favor of special interests groups to the detriment of the overall population. In economics, when one country can produce a good for less than another, it's called "Comparative Advantage." This frees up capital to engage in more productive activities for the betterment of all.

Jul. 13 2012 10:29 PM

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