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Also, these suits were not the suits that were in short supply before the Olympics. The fastskins were. Interesting fact: at the U.S. olympic trials for swimming, all of the bodysuits were being given away free to swimmers (one per swimmer). Out of the TYR, Nike, Adidas and Speedo bodysuits, only about 5 people took a TYR, no one took a Nike, 2 people took adidas, and the rest of the hundreds of swimmers took the Fastskin.
when you guys swim do you look straight down as Ian Thorpe is in this photo?
when i swim (i think) my head is angled at about 45 degrees, ie looking slightly forward.
in the shots at www.per4m.ca i don't think Thorpe is looking straight down when swimming.
Thorpe could have worn Jordan's basketball shorts and won. He is winning by such large margins it doesn't matter unless he's trying to break his own record.
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." ~Anne Frank
Conspiracy theory and research about body suits at the Swimming Science Journal:
I'll stick with my aquablade briefs. I wonder if Mark Spitz and the rest of the guys wearing hair shirts during the sprint freestyle events in the 1970s have a patent on this kind of covering.
"Language most shows a man: Speak, that I may see thee. It springs out of the most retired and inmost parts of us, and is the image of the parents of it, the mind. No glass so mirrors a man's form or likeness so true as his speech." - Ben Jonson, Timber, or Discoveries made upon Men and Matter.
As a coach once said to me: "That wall isn't going anywhere, so why the hell are you staring at it?."
btw, the addidas suit isn't ordinary swimsuit lycra. It is every bit as "fast" as a fastskin, it just has different seaming and lacks the weeved speedo logos all over (it still has the outer "boundary turbulence" bumps). The suit also is still has the compression properties of a fastskin and last a bit longer.