By Branden Ferguson, Multi Media Video Journalist - bio | email
The phrase "Made in the USA" brings pride to many Americans, similar to the patriotism brought out during the Olympics. After the American Olympic uniforms were released, it was immediately noticed that the tags read "Made in China," creating an outburst of anger and disappointment among Americans. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and other politicians stepped up to create legislation to prevent this situation from occurring in future Olympic games.
The U.S. Olympic Committee agreed to a short term agreement, something Senator Brown refers to as a small but necessary victory. One of Senator Brown's biggest concerns was spending tax payer dollars on non-American made products, a problem solved in 2014 and 2016 when American companies will make the U.S. Olympic uniforms.
Come July 27th, during opening ceremonies, U.S. Olympians will be wearing the apparel made by the American clothing designer Ralph Lauren, who ultimately made the decision to have the uniforms made in China.