Team USA's awkward speed skater uniforms

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You may have noticed the fashionable design choice of the Olympic speed skaters’ uniforms, specifically the inner thigh region. The majority of the suits are a solid blue color, highlighted by large gray ovals on the area of the body that is, well, an area of anatomy typically only discussed after some serious wining and dining.

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<p>(L-R) USA’s Heather Bergsma, USA’s Brittany Bowe and USA’s Mia Manganello reacts after the women’s team pursuit quarter-final speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV </p>
Awkward speed skating uniforms

(L-R) USA’s Heather Bergsma, USA’s Brittany Bowe and USA’s Mia Manganello reacts after the women’s team pursuit quarter-final speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

<p>Emery Lehman and Jonathan Garcia of the United States warm up prior to the Men’s Team Pursuit Speed Skating Quarter Finals on day nine of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 18, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) </p>
Awkward speed skating uniforms

Emery Lehman and Jonathan Garcia of the United States warm up prior to the Men’s Team Pursuit Speed Skating Quarter Finals on day nine of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 18, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

<p>USA’s Brittany Bowe gestures after competing in the women’s 1,500m speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV </p>
Awkward speed skating uniforms

USA’s Brittany Bowe gestures after competing in the women’s 1,500m speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

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<p>USA’s Brittany Bowe competes in the women’s 1,000m speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV </p>
Awkward speed skating uniforms

USA’s Brittany Bowe competes in the women’s 1,000m speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

<p>Jonathan Garcia of the United States competes during the Men’s 500m Speed Skating on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) </p>
Awkward speed skating uniforms

Jonathan Garcia of the United States competes during the Men’s 500m Speed Skating on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

<p>Samuel Girard of Canada celebrates as he crosses the finish line ahead of John-Henry Krueger of the United States in the men’s 1000 meters short track speedskating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) </p>
Awkward speed skating uniforms

Samuel Girard of Canada celebrates as he crosses the finish line ahead of John-Henry Krueger of the United States in the men’s 1000 meters short track speedskating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

<p>Carlijn Schoutens of the United States and Jelena Peeters of Belgium react after the women’s 5,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/John Locher) </p>
Awkward speed skating uniforms

Carlijn Schoutens of the United States and Jelena Peeters of Belgium react after the women’s 5,000 meters speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/John Locher)

<p>USA’s Kimani Griffin competes in the men’s 500m speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV </p>
Awkward speed skating uniforms

USA’s Kimani Griffin competes in the men’s 500m speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

<p>Team U.S.A. with Heather Bergsma, front, Brittany Bowe, center, and Mia Manganello, rear, celebrates with their coach after the quarterfinals of the women’s team pursuit speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/John Locher) </p>
Awkward speed skating uniforms

Team U.S.A. with Heather Bergsma, front, Brittany Bowe, center, and Mia Manganello, rear, celebrates with their coach after the quarterfinals of the women’s team pursuit speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/John Locher)

<p>Team U.S.A. with Heather Bergsma, left, Brittany Bowe, right, and Mia Manganello center, celebrates after the quarterfinals of the women’s team pursuit speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) </p>
Awkward speed skating uniforms

Team U.S.A. with Heather Bergsma, left, Brittany Bowe, right, and Mia Manganello center, celebrates after the quarterfinals of the women’s team pursuit speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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