SOCHI, Russia — The U.S. speedskating team is dumping the suits that were touted as the fastest in the world.
Under Armour’s senior vice president of innovation, Kevin Haley, tells The Associated Press that the American team has received permission from the International Skating Union to switch back to its previous suits, starting with the men’s 1,500 meters Saturday.
The U.S. came into the games confidently predicting that its new suits, developed with help from major defense contractor Lockheed Martin, would give it a technological edge.
Instead, the Americans have yet to finish higher than seventh in the first six events, leading some athletes to grumble that the new suits were actually a hindrance.
So, it’s back to the suits that were used previously in World Cups and the U.S. Olympic trials.