There is a lot about the Olympics I love.
And a few things I don’t.
Despite the possibility of being forced to endure synchronized swimming, dressage and rhythmic gymnastics, I was getting excited about the onset of the London Olympics.
And then this.
The knuckleheads who run the U.S. Olympic Committee have Ralph Lauren, that icon of American apparel manufacturing, make our athletes’ uniforms. So Ralph designs the uniforms and then has them made in, wait for it, China.
Well at least the uniforms didn’t cost much, I mean they were made in China after all. Let’s see, oh I have the prices here somewhere. Oh yeah, here they are.
Men: Beret – $55, Shirt – $425, Blazer – $795, Trousers – $295
Women:Beret – $55, Shirt – $179, Skirt – $498, Blazer – $598
$425 for a shirt made in China! What are they made out of? Gold Leaf?
The USOC could have bought some pretty nice dress shirts for the men for about $80 each made by White Dress Shirts. Sure they wouldn’t have had a little polo player patch on them, but they would have been made by members of our extended American family.
$795 for a men’s blazer made in the Middle Kingdom?
How about a Hart Schaffner Marx Blue Blazer for $450? Made in the US and pretty spiffy.
And $498 for a skirt? Wow, that is ridiculous. Let’s outfit our ladies in a Karen Kane Pencil Skirt instead! It’s Made in the USA and is 60% Lyocell 34% Nylon 6% Spandex. And it’s only $74.50.
We still have two weeks until the beginning of the Olympics. Let’s urge the USOC to outfit our American athletes in uniforms made by Americans in America. So email the USOC (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let them know what you think about Ralph’s Chinese uniforms. If the USOC sees the error of its ways and outfits our athletes in American uniforms, I will commit to watching 20 hours of synchronized swimming. Call it taking one for the team.