The 2014 Winter Olympics Games have officially started and here's our take on everything thus far!
You don't have to on the "Up and up" to know that the 2014 Winter Olympics are underway, but in case you've somehow missed it, Russia is hosting this year's games. Whether you're an avid sports fan, love the display of national patriotism, or just crave that pure competition, the Olympics are a wonderful event that brings nations together for a show of sportsmanship. Something particular that you can take away from the Olympics is that these athletes aren't paid to compete, which brings a different level of showmanship and respect to these athletes. They aren't playing for a paycheck, but for glory. It's almost a humble way to say "You are the best athlete in the world".
One of the biggest uproars from 2012's Summer Olympics in London was team USA's Chinese made uniforms. Needless to say, the Made In America Store also had a personal issue with the "Botched" uniforms. We even went as far as to contact our apparel vendors and asking them if the hypothetical opportunity came up, would you design, manufacture, and distribute the Olympic uniforms. Not one of our 100% Made in the US companies dismissed the idea.
This year however, Ralph Lauren did something constructive with the criticism. Introducing, the 2014 Winter Olympic uniforms! Before you scoff at their appearance, we're going to go ahead and gives these uniforms a thumbs up. Why you ask?
"They used more than 40 vendors, from ranchers in the rural West to yarn spinners in Pennsylvania to sewers in New York’s Garment District for the closing ceremony outfits. The ensemble includes a navy peacoat with a red stripe, a classic ski sweater with a reindeer motif and a hand-sewn American flag, and a tasseled chunky-knit hat, among other items." Team USA Is Made In USA ~ CantonRep.com
Simply put, the uniforms have American suppliers, American vendors, and American manufacturers; Made in America. What is your take on the whole issue, does it matter where the uniforms are made?
Lastly, we would like to reflect on the conditions in Sochi, Russia. If you spend a portion of your time online, then you've seen the news reports, tweets, blogs, and photos of the conditions in Sochi. There were journalists making jokes about trading light bulbs for a door knob that works, or the yellow tinged water that comes from the faucets, and these are just some of the "Culture shocks" of the Olympic games. This is how some of the people in Russia live everyday. Let's use this experience to be thankful that we live in a nation where living conditions aren't a constant struggle. We should be proud that we live in the United States where we voice our opinion.
God Bless the United States and let's go team USA!