The Netherlands' speedskating coach scoffed at the controversy surrounding the American speedskating team's weak performance and their Under Armour skating suits, telling CNBC that the overall American sports system is to blame for the U.S. skaters' dismal performance.
Jillert Anema coached his team to 21 speedskating medals in Sochi—the most a team has ever won in a single sport at the same Winter Olympics competition.
"We have found something that makes the suit very fast," Anema said. "It's the man in the suit."
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The heavily favored American speedskating team was expected to win multiple medals in Sochi but has been blanked by stronger competition—especially the dominant Dutch. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that unnamed athletes on the U.S. team believed its new suit, the Mach 39, created especially for them by Under Armour with the help of defense company Lockheed Martin, was causing too much drag. U.S. speedskating and Under Armour issued a statement saying that the evidence did not suggest a problem with the suits, but the long-track team decided to return to its previous suits anyway.