Team USA's Olympic speed skating uniforms have raised some eyebrows. The inner-thigh area of the uniform is a large gray circle, which is, you know, basically highlighting the athlete's crotch.
Viewers have had a little trouble understanding why the uniforms have this particular design, uh, feature. It turns out, the gray oval wasn't as much an aesthetic choice as a decision aimed at improving athlete performance. Under Armour, the company that designed the suits, outfitted that area with what it calls "ArmourGlide," reports Yahoo! Sports.
It's a slick material that reduces friction, and, in speed skating, the athletes are looking for every little advantage they can gain. The new design is in part a reaction to the 2014 Olympics when the suits were given partial blame for the US not taking home a speed skating medal for the first time in 30 years. In fact, the team ditched their suits halfway through the Games.