Feb 2, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Short track speed skater Eduardo Alvarez practices during Team USA Short Track training session at Iceberg Skating Palace. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Sochi Olympics: US speed skating team wearing special 'motion capture' suits


Most of us either think of movies or video games when we think of motion capture suits. You know, those black, skin tight articles of clothing that resemble a wetsuit except have strategically placed white balls all over them to collect data? Yeah – those.

Well, some of the United States Olympians are also wearing those in Sochi during the Olympics, though, they’re a little different.

According to New Scientist, the U.S. speed skating team will be wearing the suits which were created by Under Armour and Lockheed Martin. Both UA and LM studied the suits by using similar technology used in movies to see what would be beneficial for the racers. The end result?

Given the results, the team used molded polyurethane shapes to block airflow at certain parts of the body, as well as a different material on the thighs that reduced friction. They also moved the zip and added tiny dimples to the back of the hood to make the suit more aerodynamic.

The suits, which are referred to as Mach 39, debuted on Saturday.

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