Olympics notebook: Ralph Lauren plans to produce future uniforms in U.S.
At the next Olympics, the team from the U.S. will wear uniforms made in the U.S.
Designer Ralph Lauren announced Friday that the uniforms it provides the U.S. Olympic team at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will, in fact, be made in the U.S.
The U.S. uniforms for the London Games were made in China, which sparked congressional criticism of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Ralph Lauren initially declined comment on the criticism, but 24 hours later, it announced clothes for future Olympics would be made in the U.S. The company has an apparel contract with the USOC through 2020.
“Ralph Lauren promises to lead the conversation within our industry and our government to address the issue to increase manufacturing in the United States,” the company said in a statement.
It’s too late to change anything for the 530 American athletes in time for the London Games, which start July 27. The uniforms for the Opening Ceremony will remain as planned — blue blazer, cream-colored pants for men and skirts for women and a blue beret with red and white stripes.
Griffin off basketball team
Blake Griffin officially withdrew from the Olympics, and Anthony Davis was added to the U.S. men’s basketball team’s roster.
Griffin needs surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and joins a lengthy list of American stars sidelined this summer.
Davis replaced him in the Americans’ 113-59 exhibition victory over the Dominican Republic on Thursday in Las Vegas, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter. The No. 1 overall draft pick couldn’t be put on the 12-man roster for London until Griffin had withdrawn Friday.
U.S. sprinter Dunn out
Relay sprinter Debbie Dunn took her name off the U.S. Olympic team roster after testing positive for excessive testosterone.
Dunn, who finished fourth in the 400 meters at Olympic trials, was selected for the American relay pool. She’s the 2010 world indoor champion at 400 meters and would have been a likely candidate to run in the Olympic 1,600-meter relay, which the American women have won every year since 1996.
But she released a statement acknowledging a positive doping test and said she was withdrawing from the Olympics while the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency pursues the case.
No replacement was immediately named.
Taurasi says she’s healthy
Diana Taurasi is healthy again and raring to go.
The Phoenix Mercury star has missed the past 16 games with a hip flexor and ankle injury, but she said she’s ready for the Olympics.
The 30-year-old Taurasi said she never had any worries about missing the London Games.
Softball team, player in Olympic Hall
The 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team and three-time gold medalist Lisa Fernandez were inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
Dubbed the “Real Dream Team” on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, the 2004 Olympic Team went 9-0 in Athens, a record that included eight consecutive shutouts and four run-rule victories.
Fernandez won gold medals in the 1996, 2000 and ’04 games and is the only pitcher to appear in three Olympic finales.