The U.S. short-track skaters retained the new uniforms, as speed isn't the only factor in their event.
US Speedskating continued to try to limit the distraction for the athletes at Adler Arena Skating Center, whisking them away from media area they passed through. Davis also declined to comment to reporters.
New or old suit, they'll try to conquer a successful Dutch team – which has taken 12 speedskating medals so far. Jillert Anema, one of its coaches, chuckled when asked if his team was still confident.
He already had said the suits have shown they're not the fastest ever. But he dismissed the notion that a suit could be entirely responsible for the slow times.
Instead, the difference in the remaining six events for the Americans could be the return of their confidence.
"If they have confidence again, they will be dangerous. They are good skaters," he said. "Skating is a feeling and you cannot allow yourself to have your feelings go down. There is no one thing in skating. In skating, there is belief, there is feeling. It's like a religion."
The suit became the leading suspect for the poor showing. The suit is unproven apart from these Games and was introduced only last month. Richardson attempted to modify her suit this week. The results matched her teammates results: out of the running.
US Speedskating chief executive Ted Morris, after meeting with and 17 skaters late Friday, said that USS was evaluating everything — from athletes' training to their diets — in addition to Under Armour's suits. The alternative suits would be another option.
Under Armour's Kevin Haley had stood behind the new suit. A spokeswoman had no comment on the swap.
Artur Was, a Polish speedskater, said that it was "strange" the U.S. was underperforming and speculated it may be because of the suit.
"I wouldn't want all this commotion ahead of a race," he said. "They need to keep it out of their heads now."
Before Anema left, he offered some advice to the Americans.
"Compete. That's the way you founded your country," he said. "Compete and the best man wins."