Team USA has unveiled its Opening Ceremony uniforms for its 400 athletes and 200 officials. Created by Ralph Lauren, the uniforms are sourced from domestic vendors following widespread protests in 2012 that the American uniforms were made overseas.
"We've learned a lot," David Lauren, Ralph's son and the company's executive vice president of global advertising, marketing and communications, said in USA Today. "This is an important issue for many Americans and one we have fully embraced, and we want to continue to lead the way and find all kinds of vendors who can produce amazing products made in America."
The difficulty, Lauren said, was in finding American vendors that could handle the requirements. Most domestic vendors have either shut down or moved overseas.
Here's three-time Olympic hockey player Julie Chu modeling the uniform in closeup:
Team USA will put the uniforms in play at the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 7.
- Ralph Lauren
- David Lauren