Thursday, June 21, 2012

Too Little, Too Late?

After an overwhelming response by the knitting, crochet, spinning, and handcrafting community, the US Olympics Committee issued an apology followed by "follow-up" reiteration of said apology:

JUN 21, 2012, 12:07 PM ET
Statement Update:
"As a follow-up to our previous statement on this subject, we would again like to apologize to the members of the Ravelry community. While we stand by our obligation to protect the marks and terms associated with the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the United States, we sincerely regret the use of insensitive terms in relation to the actions of a group that was clearly not intending to denigrate or disrespect the Olympic Movement. We hope you’ll accept this apology and continue to support the Olympic Games."
Statement from USOC Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer Patrick Sandusky:
"Thanks to all of you who have posted, tweeted, emailed and called regarding the letter sent to the organizers of the Ravelympics.
Like you, we are extremely passionate about what we do. And, as  you may know, the United States Olympic Committee is a non-profit entity, and our Olympic team receives no government funding. We are totally dependent on our sponsors, who pay for the right to associate with the Olympic Movement, as well as our generous donors to bring Team USA to the Games.
The letter sent to the organizers of the Ravelympics was a standard-form cease and desist letter that explained why we need to protect our trademarks in legal terms. Rest assured, as an organization that has many passionate knitters, we never intended to make this a personal attack on the knitting community or to suggest that knitters are not supportive of Team USA.
We apologize for any insult and appreciate your support. We embrace hand-crafted American goods as we currently have the Annin Flagmakers of New Jersey stitching a custom-made American flag to accompany our team to the Olympic Games in London. To show our support of the Ravelry community, we would welcome any handmade items that you would like to create to travel with, and motivate, our team at the 2012 Games.”
After reading some of the responses to these "apologies," it's clear that most of the respondents do not find the USOC's apology very apologetic.  What's your take?  As for me - I will always support the young men and women who participate in the Olympics, representing our country.  However, I do not support the obvious willingness of the USOC to insult millions of US Citizens under the guise of a form letter. In my opinion, that behavior denigrates our athletes.

If you'd like to read and respond on the TEAM USA website, please follow THIS LINK.



  1. Oh boy, don't get me started all over again! ;)

    I posted a lengthy note to my FB wall that closed with "The fact that the USOC feels threatened by a group of knitters, crocheters, dyers, spinners and weavers is quite laughable."

    Which it is....

  2. I agree with Hooks. Seriously what are they thinking? It was a pathetic attempt to placate the fiber lovers. "oh, we didn't mean it! Make us a scarf, we'll take it with us" Jeeze.

  3. I think the apology was a bit well thought out a bit more than the original letter but definitely still needs some work.....They need to make an effort to understand us before they apologize.


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