LONDON – Reaching a mutual agreement with overseas executives Tuesday, The United States Olympic Committee has thrashed out a deal that will see 30% of Team USA’s Olympic medals outsourced to China.
The deal was first brought into the public eye after reports that Team China had themselves landed gold medals in the women’s 48kg and 58kg weightlifting events, and later in two diving events, which were once dominated by the USA.
“Those were events that, in an ideal world, we would loved to have won ourselves,” said USOC Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Streeter. “But economically, we had to make a decision. Should we just blow off the weightlifting, diving and archery events for one more year and just go and have a solid outing at swimming. It was truly a no-brainer.”
According to the most recent figures extracted from the official London 2012 medals table, China and The United States boast an equally large medal haul, however, China’s collection of gold medals outnumbered that of The United States by 9 to 4, a fact over which American sports enthusiasts have voiced widespread disapproval.
“This is totally unacceptable,” said table tennis fanatic Michelle Galloway. “For decades, we’ve had to stand by and watch China take medals that quite frankly belong around the necks of American athletes.”
“It’s about time we started producing medals and medalists right here in America, rather than allowing Beijing to continue their Olympic agenda.”