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US back to old suits hoping turn to Games around

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — U.S. skaters are looking to bounce back from an awful start in the Sochi Olympics by slipping back into old suits that should have been made obsolete by new high-tech gear.

Instead of one of the black-and-silver skinsuits touted as the fastest the world has ever seen, Shani Davis was doing laps Saturday in a suit with blue arms and USA printed vertically on the back. It’s the early-season World Cup edition made for American skaters.

U.S. coach Matthew Kooreman said American skaters will be wearing different suits when the 1,500 final opens this evening. Davis, a double silver medalist in the event, will be looking for the first U.S. speedskating medal in the games. Traditionally, the U.S. team has been among the medal leaders halfway through the competition.

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