SOCHI, Russia — The U.S. speedskating team, soul-searching and desperate to recover from what has been a disastrous Olympics, ditched its much-hyped high-tech suits and reverted to familiar proven attire for Saturday’s 1,500 meters.
World-class athletes are creatures of habit, and this was one variable they could control, they figured. So, they voted during a Friday night meeting to discard the suits that were years in the making and specially designed by Under Armour and engineers at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Skaters had begun to second-guess the suits, which had never been tested in race conditions before this Olympics began.
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