America's Olympians will wear uniforms made in the USA, but not until 2014.
Designer Ralph Lauren and the U.S. Olympic Committee made the announcement Friday, capping several days of controversy after it emerged that Team USA will be attending the opening ceremony at the London Games in Chinese-made outfits.
"With athletes having already arrived in London, and the apparel distribution process beginning this weekend, we are unfortunately not able to make a change for London," USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement, according to CNN.
"We are absolutely committed, however, to working with our sponsors to ensure that the concerns voiced are addressed. To that end, Ralph Lauren has agreed to domestically manufacture Team USA's apparel for Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games," he said.
The Olympic committee initially defended the Chinese-manufactured uniforms, saying the U.S. team is "privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors. We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company."
Many lawmakers have been up in arms about the outfits, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who said earlier this week that the Olympic committee "should be ashamed of themselves" and "should take all the uniforms and put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again.”
According to the Associated Press, Ralph Lauren has an Olympic apparel contract with the U.S. team through 2020. While initially declining to comment on the issue, the company said in a statement Friday it "promises to lead the conversation within our industry and our government to address the issue to increase manufacturing in the United States."
The 2014 Winter Games will be held in Sochi, Russia.