Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Suits you, sir! Our reporter tries a speedskating second skin

Larry Fine, our speedskating correspondent at these Winter Olympics, wanted to get a feel for what the athletes put themselves through. He got more than he bargained for... Over to Larry:

"First off, it should be noted that it was a size medium and I'm sure the good folks at Nike would have suggested a size or two larger for my particular build.

larryinmotion2Undaunted by that minor problem, I tried to pour myself into a sample of the stretchy, rubbery, hooded, aerodynamically designed one-piece second skin worn by skaters at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Pour might not be quite the right word. Force, threaten or cajole might better describe the process in the men's room at the Main Press Center.