Ohio Senator Berates Olympic Committee Over U.S. Uniforms
The 2012 London Olympics kick off on July 27 and U.S. Olympic athletes will be dressed from head to toe in red, white and blue uniforms… made in China.
The American athletes will be competing for their country, but dressed in uniforms manufactured in its biggest economic competitor.
“People on the Olympic Committee should be ashamed of themselves,” one angry Cleveland resident said. “They could certainly find someone in the USA.”
Ralph Lauren designed berets, blazers and pants, all of which were manufactured overseas. Many fans and lawmakers are upset, and being election year, they are voicing their opinions.
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown wrote a letter to the Olympic Committee that read, “Not only does the United States have any number of manufacturers capable of outfitting our athletes, they are in a competition with the Chinese that is anything but fair. If gold medals were awarded for dodging international trade laws – China would sweep.”
Brown wants to see an Ohio manufacturer make new uniforms in time for this year’s opening ceremonies, but U.S. Olympic Committee Spokesperson Patrick Sandusky tweeted, “All this talk about Olympic uniforms made in China is nonsense. Polo RL is an American company that supports American athletes.”
U.S. track and field participant Nick Symmonds caught attention for his tweet when he found out the uniforms were manufactured in China. He tweeted, “Our Ralph Lauren outfits for the Olympic opening ceremonies were made in China. So, um, thanks China. #patriotism.”
Unlike most, the U.S. Olympic team is privately funded, but it’s the concept that bothers U.S. residents.
“It’s the Olympics, you know,” one Cleveland resident said. “It’s supposed to be about our country. It’s actually part of the games and competing for our country.”