New high-tech suits designed by Under Armour specifically for the Olympics may be a factor in the U.S. speedskating team’s disappointing performances at the Olympics, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, U.S. speedskating officials and coaches have tried to determine the cause of these failures, and sources close to the team told the Wall Street Journal that the Under Armour suits worn by American competitors could be to blame.
The new suits, designed specifically for these Olympics, are suspected of slowing down speedskaters through a glitch in design. Under Armour’s design for the suits came from an intricate analysis of speedskating science and dynamics. The result was the “Mach 39″ suit, which promised to be the fastest suit ever. One skater said team members felt they were fighting the suit to maintain correct form.
Speed skaters lose due to wardrobe malfunction. Suits create icy hot super slides.