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    Re: Team USA To Be Decked Out in Uniforms Made in China

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    THis is by far the dumbest ****ing thing I have ever heard a politician whine about. Harry Reid is a ****ing moron and so is anyone that gives a **** where these are made.
    You should check out the Yahoo message boards on this.

    It's like 95% hate that the USOC and Lauren didn't make it in the US.
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    Re: Team USA To Be Decked Out in Uniforms Made in China

    Quote Originally Posted by johnny_rebson View Post
    It could be a retro look, like when the East Germans and Russians made their women look like men.
    yeah the only way you could tell an East German female 400 meter from the rear vs a male East German 400 meter runner was the bikini briefs the females wore

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    Re: Team USA To Be Decked Out in Uniforms Made in China

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    It;s not just that.

    The USOC is not funded by the government but lives off of Corporate Sponsorships and apparel sales.

    Buying from China is cheaper. Which means there is more money to support American athletes.

    What matters more, wearing clothing made in America that will only be worn once OR racking up medals?

    People need to get some damn perspective. I'd be appalled if they went with an American manufacturer and it cost them sending more Americans to compete.
    I am not aware of an athlete who made the A qualifying standards and won a place on the team but who could not go due to funding. (Of course many cannot make the team due to funding issues when they are training.) In modern times, the only time our athletes qualified and could not compete was due to Carter. Racking up medals of course and as I noted, in several olympic sports I am quite familiar with, we have to use foreign made gear. On the other hand, almost every archer in the olympics will use Easton X10 arrows. There really is no competition there-a few might use Korean Cartel Triples or Asian made Carbon Express Nano-Pros but of the 128 archers 120 at least will use American made Eastons. as to the bows-Hoyt (USA) PSE (USA riser-Korean Limbs) will be what our Olympic team uses-foreign competitors will use lots of Hoyt, lots of Korean Win Win or Samick and that is pretty much the lot of it American made bow sights along with Japanese will be prevalent and American, French, German, Japanese and Korean stabilization systems will be featured.

    In the shooting sports-Germany and Italy dominate

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    Re: Team USA To Be Decked Out in Uniforms Made in China

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    I am not aware of an athlete who made the A qualifying standards and won a place on the team but who could not go due to funding. (Of course many cannot make the team due to funding issues when they are training.)
    That's the real problem. Once an athlete makes it to a certain point, they generally can find SOMEONE to sponsor them. But until then, we need the USOC to fund them until they get there. The more we save on stuff like clothing, the more we can spend to bring up our athletes to the stage where they can find their own funding and the bigger our medal count gets.

    In the end, does anyone remember what they wore verse how many medals we took?
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    Re: Team USA To Be Decked Out in Uniforms Made in China

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    That's the real problem. Once an athlete makes it to a certain point, they generally can find SOMEONE to sponsor them. But until then, we need the USOC to fund them until they get there. The more we save on stuff like clothing, the more we can spend to bring up our athletes to the stage where they can find their own funding and the bigger our medal count gets.

    In the end, does anyone remember what they wore verse how many medals we took?
    I agree-and since I am on the board of one governing body and highly active in two others I can tell you that in some cases the USOC demand for olympic medals has caused lots of upset members who -in one NGBs case-has referred to it as a "ponzi" scheme where thousands of members are paying dues and fees to support 6 athletes because USOC funding is based on medal count. We could also discuss whether participation is more important than medal count but that is for another time and place. I also note that we are top heavy in some sports and very thin in others-something the chinese don't worry about. There are about 15 potential decathlon gold medalists playing in NFL backfields and we'd kick butt in team handball or volleyball if we diverted a couple dozen NBA level high school kids to those sports. Someone like Tiger Woods would be pure hell as an archer, a rifle shooter, or yes-a curler. can you imagine someone like Dr. J or David Thompson in their prime playing volleyball or team handball? 51" vertical jump-sort of hard to block that

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    Re: Team USA To Be Decked Out in Uniforms Made in China

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Im with Harry on this one. Make **** in America if your the damn American team. If that is so crazy so be it. But hey American made by American jobs for Americans. Not slave labor or child labor from China...
    They are American athletes, not American clothes makers. This is total bull****.
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    Re: Team USA To Be Decked Out in Uniforms Made in China

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    This is total bull****.
    Why?

    The article states that not only could the uniforms have been made in America, but they could have been made cheaper.

    There's no performance advantage, and no financial advantage to having the uniforms made in China.

    However, there's an ethical equation here to consider.

    Have you heard the phrase: "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

    Americans need jobs. Americans love their Olympic athletes. Wouldn't it be great to let American workers do as much as they possibly can to help the athletes in any way possible? Even if it's just making the ceremonial "costumes"?

    It's simple ethics and pride here.

    1) Could have been made in America
    2) At a cheaper price
    3) In no way,shape, or form puts any performance of our athletes at a disadvantage.
    4) Puts money in American workers bank accounts

    Do you really think it's bullsh!t for people to want that to happen?????????

    It's wrong for Americans to want a win-win-win situation for all of us?

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    Re: Team USA To Be Decked Out in Uniforms Made in China

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    They are American athletes, not American clothes makers. This is total bull****.
    If you are representing you country i believe you should wear clothes made by fellow country men dont you think? Instead of using cheap slave sweat shop labor in a mega factory in China... I thought this was almost a common sense kind of thing?


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    Re: Team USA To Be Decked Out in Uniforms Made in China

    Has anyone noted that when Romney ran the last Olympics, the torch-bearer uniforms were made in Burma/Myanmar ... a brutal militay dictatorship -- which was met by howls of protest from human rights groups? The Romney-led IOC indignantly replied that the uniforms were made in Myanmar -- NOT BURMA!! Err, they're the same place, Mitt.

    Maybe this is why Romney has been silent on the Chinese uniforms, despite is over-the-top trade war talk?
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    Re: Team USA To Be Decked Out in Uniforms Made in China

    Americans aren't the only ones:

    [Russian Olympic team representatives] said they didnít want anything that was made in China. Itís not just for the uniforms ó itís also the merchandise.Ē
    It's a matter of national pride.
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