So there’s been a lot of debate in the swimming world lately about the swimsuits some athletes are wearing.
Apparently, this high-tech swimsuit allows swimmers to go so fast, no record is safe.
The governing body of swimming will be banning these things next year.
And I think it’s a stupid idea.
Sure, there’s a lot of people upset about suits, but most of them seem to be fans of Michael Phelps, who can’t wear one of these suits because of a sponsor deal. But he chose to sign that deal, so he can’t complain. It would be like a skater signing a deal with Bauer for hockey skates, and then wanting to switch to Nike skates because every one else is wearing one. Tough. You signed the contract, you live up to it.
Here’s a link to Phelps promoting his bodysuit, which they call the fastest in the world. Here’s a few more about his suit, which was actually designed by NASA scientists: here and here. Is it fair that Phelps bodysuit, which he used to break world records and win eight Olympic gold medals, was never a problem until he started to lose when his competitors wore similar ones?
Besides, Phelps has done everything he could to get the advantage. He wears two swimming caps instead of one because he believes it helps.
It’s only when Phelps started losing and his records were broken people kicked up a fuss (by the way, read this article, and tell me Phelps doesn’t come off as one of the biggest whiners and sore losers you’ll see, especially when his coach says Phelps might now swim again until the ban next year. Suck it up, princess.).
But this is the evolution of sports. It’s like when NHL players started using composite sticks a few years back. It makes them shoot faster and harder, but there was no outcry to ban them.
Back in the 1990s, Wayne Gretzky played with an aluminum stick. Again, no outcry.
There are countless new shoes, skates and uniforms designed to make an athlete faster and better.
This swimwear is the latest. Banning it is sheer foolishness.