Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 9/15/14

Americans will have to wait until 2014 to see the U.S. Olympic team wearing uniforms made in the United States.

Designer Ralph Lauren announced Friday that the uniforms worn by the U.S. Olympic team will be made in the United States for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

The uniforms for the 2012 London Games were made in China, which sparked criticism from US lawmakers. 

The U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun says the federation takes the criticism seriously.

"With athletes having already arrived in London, and the apparel distribution process beginning this weekend, we are unfortunately not able to make a change for London." 

"We are absolutely committed, however, to working with our sponsors to ensure that the concerns voiced are addressed. To that end, Ralph Lauren has agreed to domestically manufacture Team USA's apparel for Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games."

ABC News discovered the origins of the uniforms after purchasing one from a store in New York.  

Ralph Lauren released this statement:

For more than 45 years Ralph Lauren has built a brand that embodies the best of American quality and design rooted in the rich heritage of our country. We are honored to continue our longstanding relationship with the United States Olympic Committee in the 2014 Olympic Games by serving as an Official Outfitter of the US Olympic and Paralympic teams.

Ralph Lauren promises to lead the conversation within our industry and our government to address the issue to increase manufacturing in the United States. We have committed to producing the Opening and Closing Ceremony Team USA uniforms in the United States that will be worn for the 2014 Olympic Games.

 

 

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