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U.S. Olympic uniforms: Rowing teams to wear American-made unisuits

Much to the dismay of a number of vociferous United States lawmakers, the U.S. Olympic team will be sporting uniforms made in China during its introduction at the opening ceremonies for the London Olympics.

At least a few members of Team USA will be sporting made-in-America threads in London. (Courtesy of Boathouse Sports)

But at least one team will be sporting American-made apparel in competition.

The men’s and women’s rowing teams are outfitted by Philadelphia-based Boathouse Sports, which manufactures its custom unisuits and off-water gear in the good old U-S-A.

Memo to Harry Reid: Spare these from the bonfire!

“We have really enjoyed working with all of the athletes and are looking forward to seeing them bring home the gold this summer from London,” Boathouse Sports founder and former Olympic rower John Strotbeck said in a press release. “We believe that the competition unisuits and all the gear we’ve created for Team USA to wear at the 2012 Olympic Games will set a new benchmark for rowing apparel and show the world that the best athletic apparel is still made in the USA.”

Reid (D-Nev.) was one of several congressmen to express anger Thursday after learning that the Ralph Lauren outfits the American contingent will be sporting were made in China.

“I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed,” Reid said. “I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again.”

Perhaps the rowing team can throw a little water on that fire.

Now, if they could just do something about those silly Ralph Lauren berets

More 2012 Olympics coverage from Washington Post Sports:

U.S. Olympic uniforms spark fury in Congress

The Style Blog: Team USA Olympic uniforms: Meh

ComPost: Team Made in China

Full Olympics coverage

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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