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Katie Ellis 2/11/14 Pd.7 Obviously the new American speed skating suits are extremely high tech, but how can these new technologies prove to make a speed skater faster? First, there are patches of Armour Glide along the inner thighs of the suit, so that the friction usually created by the legs rubbing against one another can be reduced by as high as 65 percent; allowing the skater to move his/her legs more rapidly due to the less friction holding them back. Then, Under Armour and Lockheed Martin put there heads together to figure out the ways of air resistance and added polyurethane strips along key points of the body to make the suit have less air drag, which would slow the skater down; being body tight and having the polyurethane strips a skater doesn’t have to worry about air resistance. To boot, the new American suit has a zipper that extends over the shoulder of the athlete for better comfort and breathing space, as well as a
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Unformatted text preview: reminder for the skater to zip up the suit all the way before racing to prevent more air drag. Definitely this new suit will help the American speed skaters to excel, yet the quality if the athlete will always be a factor as well. Works Cited ELLIOT, DANIELLE. "Team USA Olympic Speed Skaters Will Race in "world's Fastest Suit"" CBSNews . CBS Interactive, 10 Feb. 2014. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. "Explainer: The Secret Science of the Speed-skating Uniform : The Globe and Mail – 2014 Winter Olympics." Explainer: The Secret Science of the Speed-skating Uniform : The Globe and Mail – 2014 Winter Olympics . Phillip Crawley, 9 Feb. 2014. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. Newcomb, Tim. "U.S. Speedskating Finds Edge with High-tech Engineered Skins." SI.com . Livefyre, 2014. Web. 11 Feb. 2014....
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