Speedskaters hope super suits give them golden edge

By Raf Casert

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6 2014 6:43 a.m. MST

Speedskater Ireen Wust of the Netherlands trains at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.

Peter Dejong, Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia — Top speedskaters at the Sochi Olympics are all squeezing into new high-tech suits which will either shave fractions of seconds off their times or sow enough doubt in the minds of opponents that they will start their race with a real disadvantage.

Double Olympic gold medalist Ireen Wust said Thursday that between the three Dutch suits she has used since the 2006 Turin Games, "the difference is not that big."

But in a sport where the margin of victory is sometimes measured in hundredths of seconds, it might be just enough to make the difference between gold and silver.

Bert van der Tuuk, who makes the suits for the Dutch and Russian teams, says victory "is partly determined by clothing."