Maybe Congress was onto something when it demanded that the responsibility for producing the U.S.'s Olympic uniforms lie solely within the U.S.
In the latest example of "you get what you pay for," multiple Spanish athletes have taken to Twitter to air some not-so-subtle complaints about the country's new not-so-subtly terrible Olympic uniforms from Russian design firm Bosco. "It's best I don't comment," gold-medal winning canoieist Saul Craviotto tweeted, along with this picture:
In a word: Eeeeeeeeeeeesh. In a few more: I'd like a No. 3 combo, small, no pickle or onion, please. Sprite to drink.
Here's field hockey player Alex Fabregas, saying "there aren't enough adjectives":
There aren't. But at least the jacket is an improvement on that ... I guess technically it is a "shirt" Craviotto is wearing, as opposed to, say, "national humiliation."
So how did Spain end up here, only eight days away from the kind of global fashion embarassment seen since, well, Spain's last Opening Ceremonies outfit? Simple: the Spanish Olympic Committee wanted to save a few bucks, and Bosco offered to design and provide their Olympic gear for free.
“When you measure the difference between paying one and a half million of public money and free clothes, there is no discussion," Committee president Alejandro Blanco told Spanish radio, per Reuters. When asked why no Spanish outfitters had been asked to provide the uniforms, Blanco said no Spanish company had volunteered. (That's probably because -- we're just spitballing here -- they wanted to be paid.)
“When Rafa Nadal and all the others appear in their uniforms the whole world will applaud and Spain as well,” Blanco also told the Spanish press.
Bad news, Alejandro: even a handsome devil like Rafa can't make the exploded-hot-dog-stand look look good. Even worse news: Nadal won't even be there, having reluctantly withdrawn from his Olympic spot and duties as Spanish flagbearer with a likely knee injury.
So we hope you've learned your lesson, here, Spain: the next time a Russian company with a name only one letter away from the sheriff from The Dukes of Hazzard offers to give you a million dollars' worth of uniforms free of charge, let's think about whether this might be too good to be true, huh?