The 1000m speed skating event seems similar to a kilo on the track (similar times, right around a minute duration), probably with similar pacing strategies as well. The article says the suits might be the issue for USA's bad placings. Thoughts? I get it that the entire USA speed skating team seems to be doing poorly, but I have a hard time believing the suit can be responsible for being a full second off of placing. On the other hand, this is the wall street journal, i.e. fat guys in suits, so I'm not sure if the authors have the right takeaway from the information they were given.
My initial thought was Mr. Davis blew up a bit after a personal best starting lap. I've experienced this with kilos. The monkey jumps on early and no amount of willpower keeps your speed up. But if the clothing can make that much of a difference... I might have to rethink my kilo setup a bit.