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U.S. Speedskating: Not Enough Time With UA Suits One Reason For Sochi Results
Published May 2, 2014
HINDSIGHT IS 20/20: Morris said there was "no silver bullet" for the poor results in Sochi, which saw the team leave without a medal, but noted there were "several factors that led to our lack of performance." Morris: "The good news is that in identifying them we can put together a really good plan for Korea (2018 Winter Games)." He addeed, "Clearly, we had a goal of introducing these quote-unquote secret weapon skin suits and skate polish as close to the Olympics as possible to give our athletes an advantage at the starting line. That backfired on us, without a doubt. Our athletes did not feel comfortable with the suits or the polish" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 5/2). More Morris: "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. The lesson there is that if we have game-changers like that, let's introduce them in December, not February" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 5/2).