The U.S. speed skating team has filed a request for the option to switch out of the new Under Armour suits that some believe are causing the team to underperform at the Sochi Games, reports Joshua Robinson and Sara Germano of The Wall Street Journal.
According to the report, The team is currently split into two groups: those who want to stick with the current suit and those who would revert to the old Under Armour suit they used while racking up victories throughout the fall.
According to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, the IOC has approved the older Under Armour suits the U.S. team wants to wear.
The new high-tech skin suits were suppose to be the fastest speed skating suits in the world. But through the first six events, no U.S. skater finished higher than seventh.
“I’m, uh, honestly being as optimistic as I can possibly be,” Shani Davis said. “I’m just staying focused on the 1500, race. Suit or no suit, I’ve got to go out there and try to win.”
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