Under Armour’s state-of-the-art speed skating suits were meant to give American athletes an extra edge at the Sochi Winter Olympics, but now some believe the new design is responsible for Team USA’s underwhelming showing.
In the six speed skating events thus far, no American has placed higher than seventh, including gold medal favorite Shani Davis.
Sources say the Mach 39 suit’s design is flawed. Vents on the on the back that are meant to release heat may actually be letting too much air inside the suit, causing drag.
The new suits were unveiled last month weren’t used in any pre-Olympic competitions.
Rather than getting caught up in the debate, Davis is taking the high road.
“I would like to think that it’s not the suit. I would never blame the suit,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “I’d much rather blame myself. I just wasn’t able to do it today, but other people were.”
Team USA is reportedly trying to get approval from Olympic officials to allow their speed skaters to use an older design worn during the World Cup competition.
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles