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Patch's Poll: Do You Care That The US Olympic Team Uniforms Are Made In China?

Many Americans are calling for the non-use of opening ceremony outfits made entirely in China. Should they be remade here at home before the games begin on July 27?

UPDATE at 7:15 p.m.

The following is the full statement released by United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun:

We take seriously the concerns we've heard from members of Congress and the American public regarding the U.S. Olympic Team's Opening and Closing Ceremonies uniforms.

With athletes having already arrived in London, and the apparel distribution process beginning this weekend, we are unfortunately not able to make a change for London. We are absolutely committed, however, to working with our sponsors to ensure that the concerns voiced are addressed. To that end, Ralph Lauren has agreed to domestically manufacture Team USA's apparel for Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

In the meantime, we ask for the American people's support. The members of Team USA have dedicated their entire lives to training for this one moment. They are some of the finest men and women this country has to offer and they are prepared to succeed both on and off the field of play in London. Our country should be proud of the individual athletes that will represent them in London and I'm hopeful that everyone will rally around Team USA.

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Americans across the country have expressed their shock and outrage after it was revealed that .

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle spoke out against the U.S. Olympic Committee's decision to dress the U.S. team in berets, blazers and pants — developed by iconic American designer Ralph Lauren — that were manufactured in China while the textile industry here at home struggles due to the economy.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. said the U.S. Olympic committee should be "ashamed of themselves," according to ABC News. Similarly, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH. said, "You’d think they'd know better."

An upstate New York company, Hickey Freeman, has offered to create new outfits for the team before the 2012 Summer Olympics begin on July 27, according to a CBS New York report.

In a statement released this week, however, the U.S. Olympic Committee defended their choice of Lauren as the designer for the U.S. team's uniforms for the London Games.

"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," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky stated. "We're proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and excited to watch America's finest athletes compete at the upcoming Games in London."

Several leaders have already called upon the U.S. Olympic Committee to ensure all future U.S. team’s uniforms be made in America. Others have asked they scrap current uniforms and have them remade by an American manufacturer over the next two weeks.

How do you feel about Team U.S.A. uniforms being made in China? Should they be remade in America in time for this Olympics? Or just make it a policy to be made here in the future? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

JJ4 July 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM
This is nothing new outsourcing is done everyday. I've heard the Presidential plane is from China... As long as people are willing to do a job for less money & not have more self respect this is it.
Ed July 14, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I dont know whats going on with our country, cant have u.s flags in your yard, cant do this cant do that now uniforms made out of the country to save money. Is these what our soilders are dying for just dont understand
Fran M. July 14, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I think most of this is all blustering over nothing. As several have pointed out, practically everything we buy is made in the Far East. Iphones? Ipads? Desktops/Laptops? electronics? clothes? Yes, it was stupid for the American IOC to overlook this, I'm sure it will be corrected. But, getting a US company to fabricate uniforms in 2 weeks? We're still going to pay for the first ones-- how much money would that waste?
Fran M. July 14, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Actually Ed-- yes, it is what our soldiers are fighting/dying for. For us to live in a free, capitalist, free-market society, and apparently, to promote those same policies in other parts of the world. And our elected officials decided that it's perfectly fine for big American companies to "outsource" low-wage labor, and that's what's happened. These companies make more profit than if they hire Americans to do the same work. Is this a good policy? I don't really know, perhaps not. BTW, where can't you have a US flag on your own lawn?
Chris Conley July 14, 2012 at 11:47 PM
You can even buy these Ralph Lauren items. They are all incredibly expensive. Yeah, they really needed those low wages to make money (sarcasm). The tie is like $125, pants are around $300 I think and the shirt is like $85. When you ship jobs overseas en mass you would think these companies would realize they are laying off the very people that may be buying said products.

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