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Sawzaw BS: Team USA or Team China? (17) RE: BS: Team USA or Team China? 30 Oct 13


I don't want to piss on Jack's screw American workers candles but:


The official U.S. Winter Olympics outfits created by Ralph Lauren were unveiled on TODAY Tuesday, and just like the athletes that will be wearing them in Sochi, they're made in the USA.

The emphasis on having the uniforms manufactured domestically came in the wake of controversy over the Team USA outfits from the London 2012 Olympic Games. Ralph Lauren was heavily criticized for having manufactured the clothing in China. The U.S. Olympic Committee announced that while it was too late to change the outfits ahead of the London Games, it had agreed with Ralph Lauren to make apparel for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games domestically.

While 97 percent of apparel sold in the United States is currently produced overseas, mainly for economic reasons, Ralph Lauren sourced more than 40 domestic manufacturers for its Sochi line. The North Face, which is the outfitter for the freestyle ski team, also joined in on the effort by building a factory in Alameda, Calif., to produce its line.

On Tuesday, the Team USA apparel for Sochi was modeled by a group of Olympic medalists and Sochi hopefuls that included figure skater Evan Lysacek, ice hockey player Julie Chu, the ice dancing tandem of Charlie White and Meryl Davis, and freestyle skiers Hannah Kearney and Alex Schlopy. Lysacek and Chu sported the Closing Ceremony parade uniforms featuring a wool turtleneck with reindeer and snowflake motifs and a navy wool peacoat adorned with a red banner stripe and patriotic patches. That look was paired with cream fleece athletic pants, black leather boots and red laces.

In addition, Ralph Lauren designed a unique collection of village wear apparel and accessories for the teams. Davis, White and Kearney wore pieces from the collection, including a mesh polo, a half-zip mockneck pullover, a long-sleeved Team USA T-shirt, and a full-zip fleece sweatshirt.


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