United States Olympics uniforms made in China, causing uproar
The athletes that will compete for the United States in the rapidly approaching London Summer Olympics are made in America, but the uniforms they'll wear at the Opening Ceremonies aren't.
As ABC News discovered, the Ralph Lauren duds that American athletes will wear when they march into Olympic Stadium on July 27 are made in China.
In fact, none of the items the American athletes will wear, from the berets on their heads to the shoes on their feet, were made in the United States, ABC News' Sharyn Alfonsi reports. That has caused a nationalistic uproar.
“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.) said, adding that he'd rather the athletes wear plain T-shirts with "USA" hand painted on them instead.
ABC News ran the numbers, which shows that each China-made outfit worn by the athletes will cost $1,945 for men and $1,473 for women. House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Bernie Sanders are among the other lawmakers who have also decried the use of Chinese-made wares.
However, according to USA Today, United States Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky called the uproar "nonsense."
"The U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we're grateful for the support of our sponsors," Sandusky said. "We're proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company."
But even American athletes, like runner Nick Symmonds, weighed in on the controversy on Twitter.July 12, 2012
Ralph Lauren officials say that they based the design of their Opening Ceremony uniforms on photos from the last time the Summer Games were held in London in 1948, USA Today says.