Made in China: New York politicians speak up about Olympic uniforms

Jul 16, 2012

The news that the U.S. Olympic teams uniforms will be made in China has stirred up New York’s politicians and business leaders.

Senator Chuck Schumer is among many politicians joining the outcry against the news that the U.S. Olympic team is wearing uniforms made in a Chinese factory.  Schumer tweeted that “U.S. Olympians don't train their entire lives to don Chinese uniforms.” The senator from New York says he’s been in touch with one of the few New York clothing manufacturers, Rochester-based Hickey Freeman, to make the outfits instead.

The head of the New York State business council, Heather Briccetti, agrees that it would be absolutely possible to make the clothing in New York in time for the start of the games in London on July 27.

“They should make the uniforms here. I'm going to go right out on a limb and say they should be made in New York,” Briccetti said.

The U.S. Olympic Committee did use a New York based designer, Ralph Lauren, to create the red, white and blue uniforms.

Both Republican and Democrat member of Congress have criticized the Olympic Committee since the news about the uniforms came out.

In a statement, the U.S. Olympic Committee defended the choice of designer Ralph Lauren for the clothing at the London Games.