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American speedskater Shani Davis will not be able to blame his disappointing performance at the Sochi Winter Games on his suit. After winning two gold medals and two silver medals in the Winter Games in 2006 and 2010, Davis failed to repeat on his previous success.
In an attempt to win an individual medal, Davis reverted back to his old suit that he had used previously in World Cup competition, reported the Washington Post.
Despite his efforts, Davis finished seventh among 34 skaters with a score of 1 minute and 45.98 seconds in Saturday’s 1,500-meter race.
As previously reported, the U.S. speedskating team got permission from the International Olympic Committee to change from their Under Armour Mach39 suits after not getting a podium finish in the first six events of the Sochi Games.
Once thought to be a game-changer for American athletes, the suits turned out to be no such luck due to the vents on the back that were supposed to allow heat to escape. Instead these vents also allowed air to enter, creating a drag for the skaters.
Despite the poor performances at the Olympic Games, speedskating has been a strength for the United States. In years past, the event has accounted for 29 gold medals and 67 overall medals for the U.S.