While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. is setting the Ralph Lauren made U.S. Olympic Uniforms on fire, Boathouse Sports is enjoying some accolades. Based out of Philadelphia and founded by two-time Olympic rower John Strotbeck III, Boathouse Sports outfitted the U.S. men’s and women’s rowing teams.
“We have really enjoyed working with all of the athletes and are looking forward to seeing them bring home the gold this summer from London,” Boathouse Sports founder and former Olympic rower John Strotbeck said in a press release. “We believe that the competition unisuits and all the gear we’ve created for Team USA to wear at the 2012 Olympic Games will set a new benchmark for rowing apparel and show the world that the best athletic apparel is still made in the USA.”
These uniforms look great, are proudly worn by our athletes representing our country, and most importantly supporting jobs here in America. How hard was it for the U.S. Olympic committee to miss the boat? Apparently, very hard.
The U.S. Olympic Committee defended their decision to outfit American athletes with clothing made in China at the London Games, which begin later this month by stating:
“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.”
This begs the question, will China be wearing uniforms made in America?
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