US Olympic 'Go USA' Mittens Are Made In China

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The US Olympic Committee is selling fundraising mittens that read “Go USA” on the outside and “Made In China” on the inside.

At $14 per pair the USOC, which receives no government funding, has raised $500,000 from mitten sales ahead of the February Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

The USOC says it wanted a lower price point for fundraising.

"We wanted to create a fundraising opportunity where almost anyone could support Team USA," USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky told ABC News.

The mittens are styled on the “Go Canada” mittens sold in Canada for the last Winter Games, which raised more than $14 million. Sold for $10 a piece, the Canadian mittens were also made in China.

Sandusky said the “official” mittens for Team USA are made in America. The athletes’ mittens are made by Ralph Lauren and cost $98 on the company’s website. Some of the proceeds got to the U.S. Team, per the licensing agreement with Ralph Lauren.

The USOC faced criticism last year when the public learned Team USA uniforms for the summer Olympics in London were made in China. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) suggested burning the clothes.

"I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Reid said.

The USOC promised to make all Team USA uniforms in the USA for the 2014 Olympics.

Sources: Newser, ABC News


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