It has been speculated the Dutch skaters have a huge advantage here, because their home track, in Heerenveen, offers them similar training circumstances than what they are experiencing now in Russia.
Those trials were tougher in some cases than the Olympics are. Jorien ter Mors could have won the 3000 meters as well these days, but simply didn't qualify because she had had a flu in December.
Most countries only have the skaters that go to the Olympics.
Lots of assumptions and conjecture here.
Biggest one that I'd question is that there was a uniformity in preparation by the US squad.
Proven performers don't generally prep on the generic team plan. That's pretty constant throughout sports. As Low pointed out, Federations like to pat themselves on the back for funding...the reality is often different than the PR.
Though that's conjecture here ;)
Ice changes, atmosphere indoors can change a lot (any one who's raced at Carson has seen the fast and slow days) so suit noise could be buried.
And FWIW the wind tunnel is limited to the operators. If UA tested the suit on Joe Doe it might be faster on John Doe. And slow on Bob Dole.
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