While socks mean a lot to most people, even on the most fundamental warmth or comfort grounds, many see them as ways they can be better at their art or sport.
Casey Puckett, a cross-country skier from the US national team who will be competing in the Vancouver-based Winter Olympics this year, told the Associated Press that if he has a good race, the pair of socks
he is wearing "tends to be the go-to", adding that it "generally is the undergarments" which are his leading superstition.
He continued: "I like to believe in the skill and preparedness. But at the same time, I do recognise that there is a bit of luck that comes into it."
Puckett is not the only superstitious athlete to speak to the news service; for example, Chad Hedrick, a speed skater, instead opts for his outcomes off the back of fortune cookies.
One sportsman who hopes to depart from superstition through his legwear
is Kevin Bieksa, who is to not take any chances by wearing bullet-proof Kevlar socks
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