US struggling at oval, focus on high-tech suits

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The U.S. speedskating team is desperately trying to figure out why it’s had such a miserable performance the first week of the Sochi Olympics – and much of the speculation has turned to its new high-tech skinsuit.

The much-heralded Under Armour suit was developed with help from aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin. Now, some are wondering if it’s actually a drag on performance.

After a strong season on the World Cup circuit, no U.S. skater has finished higher than seventh through six of 12 Olympic events. Team officials huddled in the stands after the women’s 1,000 meters, trying to figure out what they can do to turn things around.

Friday was an off day. Coaches are reviewing everything from the suits to the food in the athletes village.

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