Monday, November 24, 2008

Speedy Swimsuit

Swimmer Michael Phelps won a record-breaking eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, a feat primarily chalked up to his years of training and physical gifts. But his Speedo swimsuit, fashioned with fabric inspired by the shape and texture of sharkskin, may have provided an edge. The skin of a shark varies in roughness that corresponds with variations in the flow of water over its body. Speedo started incorporating the design into their swimsuits in 2000. The most recent iteration, the Fastskin LZR Racer, was worn by 89 percent of all medal winners in the Beijing swimming competitions, including Phelps

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