US Olympic 'Go USA' Mittens Made In China
USOC says it wanted affordable option
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2013 4:10 AM CST
The US Olympic Committee is charging $14 a pair for the blue gloves that have the word "Go" embroidered in red on one mitten and "USA" on the other.    (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(Newser) – Looks like there are some short memories on the US Olympic Committee: Not much more than a year after news that Team USA uniforms were made in China had lawmakers like Harry Reid suggesting they be torched in a bonfire, the USOC is raising money by selling mittens that say "Go USA" on the outside and "Made in China" on the inside, the AP reports.

A USOC spokesman says that while the official mittens athletes will wear at the opening ceremony in Sochi were made in the USA—and are available to the public for $98 a pair—it decided on a cheaper option for its fundraising, and has already raised $500,000 with the sale of mittens at $14 a pair. "We wanted to create a fundraising opportunity where almost anyone could support Team USA," a spokesman says. The USOC got the idea from Canada, where the sale of "Go Canada" mittens raised $14 million for the country's Olympic team in 2010. Those mittens were also made in China.

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Haiquan Ma
Dec 19, 2013 2:16 PM CST
Whoever politician on either side of the political American aisle, who would grandstand first on this Made in China issue, is obviously an opportunistic, double speaking hypocrite. It just so happens to be leftist (of all people), Harry Reid.
Dec 18, 2013 2:33 PM CST
So Harry Reid wants to torch the mittens. I didn't read anywhere that he was volunteering to knit any.
Dec 17, 2013 4:04 PM CST
When you go to Asia you see the other side of this. I stayed for a month in an apartment in Indonesia that had an American Standard toilet in it. Across the street was a Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks and Outback Steakhouse. In the supermarket there was Coca Cola and American peanut butter. I saw $200 million Boeing airplanes everywhere and rented a Ford. I purchased Gillette razor blades and Duracell batteries. The Chinese buy more Buick cars than we do. They buy their own stuff from us a Walmart. They buy tons of Microsoft software. The problem with declaring that buying something foreign to be un-American is we still want the rest of the world to buy our stuff. Boeing sells most of their planes outside the U.S. Coca Cola sells most of the coke outside the U.S. Microsoft, Apple, Google and Facebook make a fortune outside the U.S.