U.S. Olympic cycling kit made in U.S., Italy

Published July 22, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO(BRAIN) Monday July 23 2012 6:13 AM MT—USA Cycling on Friday unveiled uniforms for the Olympic cycling teams. The road, mountain bike and track teams will wear traditional stars-and-stripes kit made by USAC sponsor Skins. The design is reminiscent of the 1984 team kit. The BMX kit, made by Nike and designed by Bob Haro, also has a retro feel, with a three-quarter sleeve jersey similar to those favored by the sport's pioneers in the 1970s.

Some lawmakers are complaining about the uniform that the U.S. team will wear at the opening ceremony in London. The outfit is being supplied by Ralph Lauren and manufactured in China.

The Skins cycling kit is being made in Italy, said USAC communications manager Andrea Smith. The BMX kit is being made in U.S., she said.

"We are thankful for the generous support of all of our partners, including Skins who provides thousands of pieces of crucial, quality apparel for hundreds of athletes across all of our programs 365 days a year," Smith said.

BMX program director Mike King said the clothing will be an advantage to U.S. athletes.

“Nike has done an outstanding job of listening to our athletes and making sure every detail has been addressed,” King said “I'm convinced that we have a competitive advantage in clothing weight, wind resistance, and fit.”

"Skins is very proud to be a partner of USA Cycling for the Olympics," said Skins general counsel, Benjamin Fitzmaurice. "The USA Olympic kit is our favorite design. The technical speed clothing brings together our knowledge of fit and light weight aero fabrics. We will be screaming at the TV in excitement during the Games."

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