I was well aware of the hideous nature of the United States' 2012 Olympic Ralph Lauren uniforms. They look uptight and constricting. The over-fitted blazer and staunch hats look like they should represent France instead or the old Soviet regime instead of the land of the free, home of the brave. But to make matters worse, reports have surfaced that the uniforms were outsourced and made in China.
2012 U.S. Olympic uniforms
2008 U.S. Olympic uniforms
While the 2008 Olympic uniforms had a more better design, reminiscent of the 1990's Nautica preppy look, there were unfortunately also outsourced to China. Let's face it, the vast majority of American clothing and just about any other item is being outsourced to China or India or one of the other BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) members. However, at a time of great recession, high levels of unemployment and not enough jobs, why would the United States allow their Olympic uniforms to be outsourced?