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Michael Speicher used to be based in the US (lots of evidence online regarding his Ohio residence, and playing for a basketball team). He accepted the job with SKINS, to move to Switzerland, in September 2015. RY is offered the SKINS sponsorship in January 2016, Michael then joins Rob for the TransCon in May 2016. Did Michael have any contact with Rob during RY's previous USA races and visits? Were the previously friends and Michael suggested RY to SKINS as a sponsored athlete? If not Michael, how did SKINS come across RY and offer him the support?

If there is no evidence for prior connection, it sounds like Michael was parachuted in by SKINS to accompany them but was somewhat inexperienced, naive, or just too trusting of the solutions Dustin/RY suggested when it became clear that RY was not going to break the record.

Writing styles: the level of illiteracy on the marathonmanuk page has changed markedly - is this RY trying to write for himself instead of Dustin's previously polished prose? Surely no-one with even an ounce of PR experience would release the "We're quitting" statement with such bad grammar, spelling and inconsistencies? That should have been gone over with a fine tooth comb before it ever reached the public domain.

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