They are the $14 mittens being sold all over the country by the U.S. Olympic Committee, emblazoned with the patriotic message, “Go USA!”
They’re meant to raise money for the American athletes attending the Winter Olympic games that are less than a month away.
But on the tag inside those gloves: “Made in China.”
This comes less than two years after ABC World News and the Made in America team discovered the U.S. teams’ uniforms worn at the opening ceremonies, made by Ralph Lauren, were produced in China. The report enraged Congress, prompting the USOC to promise to make all future team uniforms in the United States.
The committee kept that promise: the official 2014 team uniforms were produced in America.
A spokesman for the Olympic Committee said they “wanted to create a fundraising opportunity where almost anyone could support Team USA,” by keeping the price tag low.
The “official” mittens – the ones the athletes will wear at the opening ceremonies – can be purchased for $98 at Ralph Lauren.
So World News’ Made in America team went to a New York City yarn store to see what it might cost to make these same gloves in America. Lion Brand Yarn said they sell an “Olympic Blue” yarn – and it would cost just $6 to make two pairs of mittens.
The Olympic games will take place from Feb. 7 to Feb. 23 in Sochi, Russia. So far, the fundraising mittens have raised about $500,000.