POLL: Should Olympic Team Clothing be Only Made in the U.S.A.?

Recent controversy over Ralph Lauren designed uniforms brings major questions

Following an ABC News report that Ralph Lauren -- supplier of clothing for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team -- had the uniforms made in China, cries are coming out of both sides of the controversy.

Should suppliers to the Olympic Team be mandated to use products made in the United States?

This morning, Patch blogger Gail Paparian wrote that having Olympians wearing foreign made clothing was unthinkable.

A spokesperson for the designer said it would be impossible to have the uniforms re-done by American companies at the last minute, and that it was never specified that the clothing for the team be American-made.

The U.S. Olympic Committee has not taken a stand on the issue. 

The question is: Should U.S. Olympic Team suppliers be allowed to "outsource" team uniforms?

linda hanna July 17, 2012 at 09:13 AM
Normally I wouldn't care, but in view of the economy, and the number of people in the garment industry who are unemployed, I think this is a poor decision.
linda hanna July 17, 2012 at 09:14 AM
Thanks Eddie for the reasonable explanation. Mark join up, you'll enjoy participating.
Ern Batavia July 17, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Ever since the "editor" switch on this local version of Patch took place, it's become pretty worthless....just sayin' - this "article" is a perfect example.
Patti Garland July 17, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I think this is an interesting topic. I think it's great that people are thinking about the idea. Who buys the uniforms? I would love to see the design and production done by an American company, for sure! Maybe the athletes have to pay for their own uniforms and so they need to be made as inexpensively as possible. Clothing made in American definitely costs more ...
CODE4N6 July 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I would like to think that the selected company would agree to do all the garmets at a zero profit agreement. it would suck to force them to do it for free if they were not a large company such as ralph lauren. but at the same time its a bit poor to have selected china of all places. I know the olympics is supposed to be one of those things that brings is all together, but once the games are over we take the torch and burn the olive branch sometimes...plus like linda said, why isnt the american worker part of team USA?


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