US Olympic Committee and Ralph Lauren receive negative reviews after uniform gaffe

Posted by LDonia on 07/13/2012

Following up on a story we reported yesterday, the United States Olympic Committee and Ralph Lauren have been the subjects of much backlash and criticism due to their outsourcing of 2012 U.S. Olympic uniforms to China.

Here’s a collection of responses.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH):

"If awards were given out for breaking trade laws, China would win the gold medal. The U.S Olympic Committee’s use of Chinese-made apparel is particularly egregious due to the ongoing and unfair competition that China poses to American manufacturers…Our athletes—and the apparel they wear—should represent America. We know how to make things in America, which is why it’s such an embarrassment that Chinese factories were used to manufacture Team U.S.A’s uniforms…China’s illegal trade practices, including currency manipulation, only add insult to injury to American manufacturers. While athletes aren’t allowed to cheat, China is. This is one ‘performance-enhancing’ practice that must be addressed by the Obama Administration as soon as possible.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH):

"You’d think they’d know better.”

Senator Kirsten Gillenbrand (D-NY):

"There is no compelling reason why all of the uniforms cannot be made here on U.S. soil at the same price, at better quality.”

Nick Symmonds (via Twitter), American Olympian (Track and Field):

"Our Ralph Lauren outfits for the Olympic opening ceremonies were made in China. So, um, thanks China.”

And our favorite…Nanette Lepore, fashion designer:

"Why shouldn’t we have pride, not only in the American athletes, but in the American manufacturers and laborers who are the backbone of our country?”

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