Poll: Should U.S. Olympic Team Uniforms Be Made in USA?

Some lawmakers are furious that uniforms for the 2012 Olympic team are made in China. Vote in our poll and then tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Bedecked in red, white and blue, the U.S. Olympic Team is always dressed to impress, but some lawmakers think it would be better if the American athletes' opening and closing ceremony uniforms were made in the USA.

The team will sport berets, blazers and pants by American designer Ralph Lauren—but the garments were manufactured in China.

Both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress argued the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to dress the team in Chinese-manufactured items was wrong when so many U.S. workers need jobs.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters at a news conference that the Olympic committee "should be ashamed of themselves."

“I think they should be embarrassed," The Washington Post quoted Reid as saying. "I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again."

In a statement, the Olympic committee defended the partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and reminded lawmakers that the team is privately funded and relies on the support of sponsors.

This is not the first time the U.S. team has worn garments made outside the U.S. According to the story, the team's berets in the 2002 games were made by Roots, a Canadian company.

United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun responded to the uproar, saying in a statement that the 2014 winter games' uniforms will be made in the United States.


Should the team only wear items made in the United States? Does it matter? Vote in the poll and then sound off in the comments section below.

Jennifer Villalpando July 15, 2012 at 05:27 PM
It matters! They should be made in the USA it's a sign of support of our team. It is very embarrassing.
Brad July 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM
"Embarrassed" by it? Stop reading! Reach out and grab any ten random items or articles of clothing within arm's reach .. including the device you are currently reading this on. Now look to see where they are made. Now that ... is embarrassing. This, reeks more of political posturing. I seriously doubt it is going to really change anything more than the tailors for 2014 games. Other than that, only thing that I find "tacky" is the gigantic Lauren logo. That thing is huge! Honestly, if it weren't for the flag and perhaps the Navy Blue, I couldn't tell you that this was Team USA. Heck, I thought it was Team LAUREN. Anyway, I don't care what they look like, I just want 'em to win.
Eva C July 16, 2012 at 03:05 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/15/opinion/ikenson-olympic-uniforms/index.html This is a very well written article. I hadn't thought about it before and I bet a lot of other people are acting out of emotion and not really looking at the big picture.
Teresa Savage July 16, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Yes, I know too many items are made in other countries...why because they could do it cheaper...that is what matters with the average citizen. We need to take it back though! We need to work for an honest day's pay and bring more jobs to America. Say, I have an idea, if you receive any subsidized program you should give back to the community with community services. Whatever your talent is, USE it! I would be more than happy to spend my hard earned dollars towards something that was made from hard working, talented directed merchandise!!! Would you?? Don’t give me this Bu_ _ Sh_ _ about it takes more time and money to make this happen, so what, in the long run these talents will be noticed and they can get a job that would benefit everyone!!
Diane Avis July 18, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Ralph Lauren should have known better; however, I suspect that he (himself) didn't THINK. It was just business as usual and not really THINKING about the symbolism and what it would mean to the AMERICAN people. In depressed times and in times of crisis, one thing we do and we do well is bond as AMERICANS. We are proud of our country, what it represents and most of all proud the AMERICANS that are representing us across the pond. Ralph Lauren should have known better. They should have known the AMERICANS would speak out or did they THINK we were stupid and wouldn't notice. As far as Ralph Lauren now willing to correct the error by producing the 2014 garb in the US, is too late. The company should be ripped of the privilege of dressing our athletes.


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