Olympic Fever

1 Aug


I have been watching some of the Olympics this week, mainly because there is not much on TV especially during the summer. I took note of the controversy surrounding the Team USA uniforms. One of my readers I know personally sent me an e-mail asking why I haven’t said anything about it. I guess just because it is obvious the US Olympic Committee are IDIOTS!  We get to cheer and wave our flags wildly as the athletes  march into the stadium proudly wearing their uniforms MADE IN CHINA! Really? How’s that for good old national pride and patriotism? The Olympic committee came up with some old lame excuse that the uniforms were donated so they couldn’t gripe too much about where they were made. HOGWASH! If they had sent out a press release 1 year ago stating they needed X number of uniforms to be donated for the cause, and one requirement would be to be Made In The USA, I say dozens of companies would be clamoring to get the contract for all the free publicity it would garner. So don’t give me the excuse there are none made in the USA anymore. It was just a buddy-buddy deal so someone could say “Oooo, we got Ralph Lauren designer uniforms.” PFFFFTTT!  How hard could it be to provide blue blazers and white pants and skirts? So US Olympic committee, come down off of your high horses and show a little common sense next time. Even the politicians saw an opportunity to make a little political hay out of this situation. WASHINGTON — Uniforms for U.S. Olympic athletes are American red, white and blue — but made in China. That has members of Congress fuming.

Republicans and Democrats railed Thursday about the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to dress the U.S. team in Chinese manufactured berets, blazers and pants while the American textile industry struggles economically with many U.S. workers desperate for jobs.

Team USA’s uniforms for the London Games were made in China, which ignited anger on Capitol Hill.

“I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference on taxes.

“If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, then that’s what they should wear,” he said, referring to an athletic jersey.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters at her weekly news conference that she’s proud of the nation’s Olympic athletes, but, “They should be wearing uniforms that are made in America.”

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said simply of the USOC: “You’d think they’d know better.”

In a statement, the U.S. Olympic Committee defended the choice of designer Ralph Lauren for the clothing at the London Games, which begin later this month.

“Unlike most Olympic teams around the world, the U.S. Olympic Team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors,” USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement. “We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company, and excited to watch America’s finest athletes compete at the upcoming Games in London.”

Ralph Lauren did say he would be providing uniforms for the 2014 games and he would make sure they were Made In The USA.


2 Responses to “Olympic Fever”

  1. Cathy August 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm #


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