- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee has defended the speedskating suits that were dumped midway through the Sochi Games.

CEO Scott Blackmun said Tuesday in a statement that “we are disappointed” by the performance of the U.S. team, which has yet to finish higher than seventh at these Olympics.

The Americans came into the games with more speedskating gold medals than any other country, and the most overall medals by any U.S. Winter team. But they’ve been a major flop in Russia, with much of the blame falling on the high-tech skinsuits developed by Under Armour with help from aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin.

Blackmun says “we do not believe the suits were the problem.” He says companies such as Under Armour and Lockheed Martin provide necessary innovation.

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