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Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-US suit switch yet to be approved-ISU

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. speed skating team’s plan to ditch their Under Armour Olympic outfits, which have been blamed for their lack of medals in Sochi, is still under review, the sports governing body and the IOC said on Saturday.

U.S Speed skating President Mike Plant said on Friday the team would switch back to skin suits, also made by the U.S. company but worn prior to the Winter Olympics, for the remaining six races in Sochi.

Feb 14, 2014

Suits? Food? U.S. at a loss to explain woes

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The American speed skating team have leapt to the defense of their self proclaimed “fastest suit ever made” amid suggestions it is to blame for their lack of medals and could be ditched for the remainder of the Sochi Games.

Twice Olympic champion Shani Davis did not wear the much lauded Under Armour suit, which underwent hours of wind tunnel analysis by aerospace contractors, during training on Friday as he went through preparations for Saturday’s 1,500 meters race.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Suits? Food? U.S. at a loss to explain woes

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – The American speed skating team have leapt to the defence of their self proclaimed “fastest suit ever made” amid suggestions it is to blame for their lack of medals and could be ditched for the remainder of the Sochi Games.

Twice Olympic champion Shani Davis did not wear the much lauded Under Armour suit, which underwent hours of wind tunnel analysis by aerospace contractors, during training on Friday as he went through preparations for Saturday’s 1,500 metres race.

Feb 14, 2014

Suit arms war fair fight-ISU head

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – International Skating Union President Ottavio Cinquanta is a fan of innovation, and after permitting the introduction of clap skates in speed skating he has no plans to interfere in the arms race to develop the perfect suit.

Manufacturers are spending fortunes on developing high-tech suits for speed skaters, who rocket around the oval at 55 kilometers per hour (34mph), in order to shave precious seconds, and fractions of seconds, off their times.

Feb 14, 2014

Speed skating: Suit arms war fair fight – ISU head

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – International Skating Union President Ottavio Cinquanta is a fan of innovation, and after permitting the introduction of clap skates in speed skating he has no plans to interfere in the arms race to develop the perfect suit.

Manufacturers are spending fortunes on developing high-tech suits for speed skaters, who rocket around the oval at 55 kilometres per hour (34mph), in order to shave precious seconds, and fractions of seconds, off their times.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Suit arms war fair fight-ISU head

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – International Skating Union President Ottavio Cinquanta is a fan of innovation, and after permitting the introduction of clap skates in speed skating he has no plans to interfere in the arms race to develop the perfect suit.

Manufacturers are spending fortunes on developing high-tech suits for speed skaters, who rocket around the oval at 55 kilometres per hour (34mph), in order to shave precious seconds, and fractions of seconds, off their times.

Feb 13, 2014

Speed skating: Switch in tactics lands Zhang shock gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Changing tactics a night before competition is rarely a good idea, but for Zhang Hong it proved a masterstroke as she scorched the competition to land China’s first Winter Olympic speed skating gold.

The 25-year-old won the women’s 1,000-meter title by 0.67 seconds on Thursday in a shock result having only managed one sixth-placed finish over the distance in the current World Cup campaign.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-Switch in tactics lands Zhang shock gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Changing tactics a night before competition is rarely a good idea, but for Zhang Hong it proved a masterstroke as she scorched the competition to land China’s first Winter Olympic speed skating gold.

The 25-year-old won the women’s 1,000-metre title by 0.67 seconds on Thursday in a shock result having only managed one sixth-placed finish over the distance in the current World Cup campaign.

Feb 13, 2014

China’s Zhang lands shock, milestone gold

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Zhang Hong left a host of big names trailing in her distant wake as she landed China’s first Olympic speed skating title with a stunning upset victory in the women’s 1,000 meters on Thursday.

Skating in the seventh of 18 heats, the 25-year-old drew little attention as she started her two-and-half laps but the sparse Adler Arena crowd drew gasps after she clocked a time of one minute, 14.02 seconds – just outside the Olympic record.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Speed skating-China’s Zhang lands shock, milestone gold

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Zhang Hong left a host of big names trailing in her distant wake as she landed China’s first Olympic speed skating title with a stunning upset victory in the women’s 1,000 metres on Thursday.

Skating in the seventh of 18 heats, the 25-year-old drew little attention as she started her two-and-half laps but the sparse Adler Arena crowd drew gasps after she clocked a time of one minute, 14.02 seconds – just outside the Olympic record.