U.S. speed-skaters decided on Friday to drop new, specially designed Under Armour Inc suits that media reports have linked to a dismal showing at the Sochi Games, reverting to apparel worn during recent World Cup events.
U.S. Speedskating President Mike Plant said the team, which has yet to clinch a medal at Sochi, will switch back to skin suits also made by the U.S. company but worn prior to the Winter Olympics.
“Under Armour provided U.S. Speedskating with three different suit configurations in advance of Sochi, and we have full confidence in the performance benefits of each of them,” Plant said.
“We are constantly evaluating all aspects of race preparation and execution to help our athletes improve their output and maximize their physical and psychological advantages.”
Plant also stressed that U.S. Speedskating continues to have confidence in a long-term partnership with Under Armour. . .