marco polo s childhood Meet the quiet couple behind the loud Olympics sweater

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Busy or patriotic? Opinion is split on the cardigan sweater that Team USA athletes will wear during the opening ceremony at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Workers at Ball of Cotton in Commerce manufacture high end sweaters for upscale boutiques. They produced the cardigans to be worn by Team USA at the Sochi Olympics.

It a Park family business at Ball of Cotton in Commerce. At left is son Jonathan Park, parents Elizabeth and Eddy and son Christopher at right. They produced the cardigans to be worn by Team USA at the Sochi Olympics.

Workers at Ball of Cotton in Commerce manufacture high end sweaters for upscale boutiques. They produced the cardigans to be worn by Team USA at the Sochi Olympics.

Workers at Ball of Cotton in Commerce manufacture high end sweaters for upscale boutiques. They produced the cardigans to be worn by Team USA at the Sochi Olympics.

At Ball of Cotton in Commerce, Elizabeth and Eddy Park manufactured the cardigans to be worn by Team USA at the Sochi Olympics. The business is known for creating high end sweaters for upscale boutiques.

Getting into the Olympic theme, Elizabeth and Eddy Park show off spools of gold, silver and bronze thread. Their business, Ball of Cotton in Commerce, manufactured the cardigans to be worn by Team USA at the Sochi Olympics.

More understated than the Americans? Models present a set of uniforms for the Russian national Olympic team for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Olympic team. Olympic team. Olympic team. American athletes will wear this sweater during the closing ceremony.

This product image released by Ralph Lauren shows American Olympic ice hockey player Julie Chu in the official uniform for Team USA to be worn at the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. Winter Olympic athletes in Sochi, including their opening and closing ceremony uniforms and their Olympic Village gear, has been made by domestic craftsman and manufacturers.

This product image released by Ralph Lauren shows American hockey player Zach Parise in the official uniform for Team USA to be worn at the opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. Winter Olympic athletes in Sochi, including their opening and closing ceremony uniforms and their Olympic Village gear, has been made by domestic craftsman and manufacturers.

Workers at Ball of Cotton in Commerce posted a photo on a window showing the Team USA cardigans they produced to be worn at the Sochi Olympics. as Team USA Winter Olympic cardigans made their public debut on the show Jan. 23 pitchforks were raised. Twitter went off first, with references to ugly Christmas sweaters, Grandma handiwork and Bill Cosby. Fashion and sports bloggers expressed their dismay. And, finally, the mainstream press harrumphed.

Olympic Outfits Worthy of Stares, if Not Medals, read one headline in The New York Times. tacky, read a headline in Canada Wetaskiwin Times.

Yes, Team USA official sweater is such that even Canadians went after it.

But in true you can fashion (no pun intended), look who grinning now.

Eddy and Elizabeth Park own and run the family operated Ball of Cotton knitting factory in Commerce. And, intergalactic snark notwithstanding, they couldn be prouder of the product they and about 50 employees painstakingly assembled.

Ball of Cotton is one of more than 40 vendors who helped put the Made in America label on all the Team USA outfits to be worn in Sochi, Russia.

Athletes marching in the opening ceremony parade will be dressed in white fleece pants, heavy black boots with red laces, knit flap eared hats, and cream cotton turtleneck sweaters under the cardigan knitted at Ball of Cotton.
marco polo s childhood Meet the quiet couple behind the loud Olympics sweater

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