Team USA Uniforms to Be Made in USA —Next Time

Designer Ralph Lauren announces switch for 2014
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2012 5:51 AM CDT
Team USA Uniforms to Be Made in USA —Next Time
This product image released by Ralph Lauren shows athletes Ryan Lochte, Bryan Clay, Giuseppe Lanzone and Heather Mitts modeling the Team USA uniform.   (AP Photo/Ralph Lauren, File)

The long, sartorial nightmare is nearly over. The US Olympic team will wear uniforms made in the US-of-A starting with the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, reports the AP. Ralph Lauren, who designs the team's outfits, announced the change yesterday. It's too late to change them this year, but "Ralph Lauren promises to lead the conversation within our industry and our government to address the issue to increase manufacturing in the United States," said the company in a statement.

In the face of heavy criticism from all quarters for having Team USA wearing made-in-China uniforms, the head of the United States Olympic Committee tried to put out the PR fires. "While I am greatly disappointed our athletes will not be dressed head to toe in Made in the USA this year, I thank the USOC and Ralph Lauren for hearing our voices and working to correct this mistake going forward." (More United States of Tara stories.)

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