Team USA's speed skating uniforms raise eyebrows for cringeworthy design

Unfortunate wardrobe mishaps on the ice have been some of the biggest headlines at the 2018 Winter Olympics. And while no one from Team USA has fallen victim to a nightmare uniform malfunction (yet), the country's speed skaters are making headlines for another cringeworthy reason in the fashion department.

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GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) Kathryn Thomson of Great Britain and Jessica Kooreman of the United States compete during the Ladies Short Track Speed Skating 1000m Heats on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) Kathryn Thomson of Great Britain, Valerie Maltais of Canada and Jessica Kooreman of the United States compete during the Ladies Short Track Speed Skating 1000m Heats on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
North Korea's Jong Kwang Bom (L) falls as USA's Thomas Hong attempts to maneuver past in the men's 500m short track speed skating heat event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: (L-R) Aaron Tran of the United States competes during the Men's Short Track Speed Skating 500m Heats on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Jessica Kooreman of the United States competes during the Ladies Short Track Speed Skating 1000m Heats on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Mitchell Whitmore of the United States reacts after his race 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: 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)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Samuel Girard of Canada and John-Henry Krueger of the United States celebrate after coming in first and second place, respectively, during the Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1000m Final A on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: John-Henry Krueger of the United States celebrates after winning the silver medal during the Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1000m Final A on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: John-Henry Krueger of the United States celebrates after finishing first in his race during the Short Track Speed Skating Men's1000m Semifinals on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
USA's Lana Gehring leads in the women's 1,500m short track speed skating heat event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
USA's Carlijn Schoutens competes in the women's 5,000m speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
USA's Carlijn Schoutens competes in the women's 5,000m speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
USA's Carlijn Schoutens competes in the women's 5,000m speed skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Oval in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Farrell Treacy of Great Britain, Semen Elistratov of Olympic Athlete from Russia, Ryosuke Sakazume of Japan, John-Henry Krueger of the United States and Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands compete during the Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1000m Quarterfinals on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
China's Han Yutong leads Canada's Marianne St Gelais (L) and USA's Jessica Kooreman in the women's 1,500m short track speed skating heat event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Yutong Han of China, Marianne St Gelais of Canada, Martina Valcepina of Italy, Jessica Kooreman of the United States, Kathryn Thomson of Great Britain, Anna Seidel of Germany compete during the Short Track Speed Skating Ladies' 1500m heats on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Yang Zhou of China, Bianca Walter of Germany, Maame Biney of the United States, Valerie Maltais of Canada, Tifany Huot Marchand of France compete during the Short Track Speed Skating Ladies' 1500m heats on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Team USA's speed skating uniform has raised eyebrows over an unflattering patch in the crotch area. While the rest of the bodysuit looks completely normal -- a navy bodysuit with red and white accents -- the light patch has left many wondering: What were the designers thinking?

Of course, many turned to social media to express their honest opinions on the bizarre bodysuit:

Well, it turns out that the awkward patch on the Under Armour-designed suit actually does have a purpose -- the lighter material in the crotch region is actually a slippery fabric that reduces friction by up to 65 percent when they are on the ice.

The uniform took four years to design after Under Armour came under fire during the 2014 Winter Olympics. The brand designed the uniform that was ditched midway into the competition in Sochi after it was blamed for the team's poor performance. During those games, Team USA failed to medal in speedskating for the first time in 30 years.

While Team USA's speed skating suits may not be the most fashionable ones on the track, it seems like it's doing its job! American John-Henry Krueger claimed a silver medal in the 1,000m final this past weekend, and there are many more opportunities left to win more hardware for Team USA.

Check out the slideshow below for the prettiest figure skating uniforms at Pyeongchang:

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Japan's Kana Muramoto and Japan's Chris Reed compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 12: Alina Zagitova of Russia competes in the Ladies Free Skating during the Figure Skating Team Event on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 12, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
USA's Adam Rippon performs his routine in the figure skating team event men's single skating free skating during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's Chris Reed and Japan's Kana Muramoto compete in the figure skating team event ice dance short dance during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Canada's Gabrielle Daleman competes in the figure skating team event women's single skating free skating during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
USA's Mirai Nagasu competes in the figure skating team event women's single skating free skating during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova and Russia's Dmitri Soloviev compete in the figure skating team event ice dance free dance during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Satoko Miyahara of Japan competes in the Figure Skating Team Event ? Ladies? Short Program on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by XIN LI/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada compete in the Figure Skating Team Event - Ice Dance - Short Dance on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Evgenia Medvedeva of Olympic Athlete from Russia competes in the Figure Skating Team Event ? Ladies? Short Program on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by XIN LI/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada competes during the Figure Skating- Team Event-Ladies Short Program on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by XIN LI/Getty Images)
Japan's Miu Suzaki and Japan's Ryuichi Kihara compete in the figure skating team event pair skating free skating during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva competes in the figure skating team event women's single skating short program during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 12: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada compete in the Ice Dance Free Dance during the Figure Skating Team Event on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 12, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Italy's Carolina Kostner competes in the figure skating team event women's single skating short program during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korea's Choi Dabin competes in the figure skating team event women's single skating short program during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Mae Berenice Meite of France competes in the Figure Skating Team Event � Ladies� Short Program on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 11: Xiangning Li of China competes in the Figure Skating Team Event � Ladies� Short Program on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 11, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Israel's Aimee Buchanan competes in the figure skating team event women's single skating short program during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - USA's Alex Shibutani and USA's Maia Shibutani compete in the figure skating team event ice dance short dance during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's Anna Cappellini and Italy's Luca Lanotte compete in the figure skating team event ice dance short dance during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States compete in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Olympic Athlete from Russia compete in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada compete during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance program on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 19: Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance program on day ten of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 19, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
Canada's Tessa Virtue and Canada's Scott Moir compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States compete in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
USA's Madison Chock and USA's Evan Bates compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Russia's Tiffani Zagorski and Russia's Jonathan Guerreiro compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
France's Marie-Jade Lauriault competes in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20, 2018: Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver seen after performing the free dance during a figure skating event at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)
Britain's Penny Coomes and Britain's Nicholas Buckland compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Great Britain compete in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Canada's Piper Gilles and Canada's Paul Poirier compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Italy's Charlene Guignard and Italy's Marco Fabbri compete in the ice dance free dance of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JANUARY 20: Alisa Agafonova and Alper Ucar of Turkey perform in the Ice Dance category of Free Dance segment skating during the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2018 at the Megasport Arena in Moscow, Russia on January 20, 2018. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 20: Kavita Lorenz and Joti Polizoakis of Germany compete in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 20, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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