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)
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(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.

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