Romney's Olympic Uniforms Were Made in Burma
Salt Lake outsourcing caused outcry in 2002
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2012 3:34 AM CDT
Torchbearer Kerith Woodyard, wearing the made--in-Burma uniform, carries the Olympic flame in Taylorsville, Utah in February 2002.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney hasn't had much to say on the controversy over Team USA's made -in-China uniforms, and the Huffington Post thinks it knows why: When Romney was running the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, production of more than 10,000 torchbearer uniforms was outsourced to Burma. The Southeast Asian nation was being ruled by a brutal military junta at the time, and the decision to make the uniforms there caused an outcry among trade bodies, human rights groups—and some of the torchbearers.

"When I looked at the label for the uniform, I went nuts," one former torchbearer tells the Guardian. "When you are sending work representing the US to a military dictatorship, I have an issue with that." After receiving more than a thousand emails protesting the uniforms, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee offered this bizarre response: "The torch relay clothes were NOT made in Burma. They were manufactured in Myanmar." The committee apologized after activists pointed out that Burma and Myanmar are the same country.

View 2 more images
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Romney's Olympic Uniforms Were Made in Burma is...
16%
67%
0%
11%
3%
3%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 42 comments
DarkFrancis
Jul 18, 2012 1:43 AM CDT
There may have been a slight relaxation in the past few months, but Burma is still ruled by a military council. And the dictatorship's name for the country, Myanmar, has been favoured by many outlets, including this one, for quite some time.
jonnynonos77
Jul 17, 2012 2:28 PM CDT
I would also point out that 90 percent of everything everyone owns on this board is made by an effective "military dictatorship," in China.
jonnynonos77
Jul 17, 2012 2:08 PM CDT
That's it. I'm changing my vote. This confirms all of my worst suspicions about this person. Up next: "ROMENY STICKZ GUM UNDER DESK." "YOUNG ROMNEY THREW SNOWBALL" "WITNESS: ROMNEY MADE A SWEAR" STORY AT 11