US Olympic Uniforms Made in China; Congress UnhappyBeyond UCF, Culture, Economy, Entertainment, News, Politics — By Jake Rakoci on July 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm Tweet
Ralph Lauren, an iconic American clothing brand and a popular choice of clothing at UCF, was responsible for making the blazers and pants for the US Olympic uniform later this month in London.
However, the uniform which dons the colors of red, white, and blue, wasn’t made in the nation it is going to be worn in. The US Olympic uniforms, which are going to be worn on US Olympians, and made by an American company, were actually made in China, according to ABC World News.
This leaves many people unhappy. The textile has been economically stagnant recently, and shipping the jobs for the US uniforms overseas has not helped. Members of Congress have been furious about the decision of the United States Olympic Committee(USOC) to even accept uniforms that were made overseas.
Harry Reid, a Senator(D-Nev.) expressed his anger in a Capitol Hill news conference.
“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.”
The Ralph Lauren Company hasn’t made a comment yet, although the United States Olympic Committee released a statement saying, ”Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors,” Spokesman Patrick Sandusky said.