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Speedskating Report Finds Several Sochi Mistakes

Speedskating Report Finds Several Sochi Mistakes WSJ com


The findings in a report commissioned by US Speedskating follow a tumultuousOlympics during which team members became progressively more frustrated as the athletes failed to medal. Much of that frustration was focused on new speed suits from Under Armour that the team didn't receive until shortly before they were to race in them.

"The idea that we would give these game-changers to our athletes right before the Olympics and they would get to the line and feel like they had an advantage, that did not work," Mr. Morris said. "The lesson there is that if we have game-changers like that, let's introduce them in December, not February."Mr. Morris said the team erred in its decision not to use the brand-new Mach 39 suits in competition before the Olympics, as well as a skate polish that the team introduced on the eve of the Games.

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