13 July 2012

U.S. Olympic team demonstrates what it means to be American

The outfits they will be wearing for the opening and closing ceremonies were made in China.

Some members of Congress are outraged.  Harry Reid (who was probably wearing shoes made in Italy at the time) told reporters - "I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again."
“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...

When General Motors left as a sponsor, the USOC signed a $24 million deal with German automaker BMW that raised eyebrows. At the time, the USOC highlighted the carmaker’s 42-year history of selling cars in the United States and the fact that BMW has 7,000 American employees.

The USOC and the International Olympic Committee also were criticized for sticking with BP as a sponsor after the deadly oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.
More at the Washington Post.  Too bad Jon Stewart is off for the summer.  And if for some bizarre reason you want to dress like this yourself...
$598 for the women’s blazer and $498 for the silk skirt. The men’s blazer is a staggering $795, flat front trousers $295 and nubuck shoes are $165. And that damn beret? $55.
Outrageously priced, outsourced clothing.  To complete the image they should have deferred payment for it to the next generation.


  1. And they look like hotel bellhops for some posh banana republic resort. The photo looks like something The Onion invented. As Harry Shearer says, "The Olympics...it's a movement. And we all need one...every day!"

  2. Those outfits are representative of America? Uhm.

  3. Looks like something from a 1960's B rated movie! UUGH!!

  4. I can't imagine it took much effort on the part of Ralph Lauren to "design" these outfits. I note that his Polo logo is prominently displayed on the left side of the blazers where the American flag should be -- the athletes will be putting their hands over a corporate logo when they stand to salute the flag.

  5. Hate to say it, but they look like stewards and stewardesses from The Love Boat. Now where's Capt. Stubing?


  6. I find the Olympics completely disgusting. I remember when Olympians were non-professional athletes and there wasn't any of this corporate B.S. surrounding the games.


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