Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 8/31/14
The United States speedskating team was expected to bring home a slew of medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but so far the squad’s performance in Sochi has been brutal. Late this week it emerged that the Americans’ new high-tech Under Armour suits could be the problem. Now the team will go back to using old suits – which were also made by Under Armour – in an effort to improve performance. Through the first six events in Sochi, no American speedskater finished better than seventh, despite the team featuring some of the sport’s top competitors. Members of the team and even opposing coaches and competitors believe the new suits were holding the Americans back. They will now use the same suits they wore at last month’s World Cup in Japan. The team had never worn the new suits in competition before they Olympics, but going into the Games Under Armour hyped them as giving the Americans a decided advantage. That hasn’t materialized. The newer suits have venting in the back and “flow mol...
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