Field Theory by Hadyn Green

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Field Theory: Frickin' LZRs

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  • pkiwi,

    Nothing for it....I mean they should wear nothing. Make the sport damn more interesting. The original Olympics was originally held in the nude (including wrestling, but men only!).
    Ok they will shave their bodies. And probablly start rubbing all sorts of lotions in (now there is a job for volunteers!). And shave their heads.. ok it might be some sort of freak-show....

    Since May 2008 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    But I sure as hell wouldn't want to be the person who had to write the rulebook on what constituted a competition-legal swimsuit. I'd imagine that you'd have to get very specific about the exact details of fabric, weave, reinforcement etc that were allowed; and even then, people will still try to game the system.

    I believe the rules are that that men can only wear suits that cover (at most) from the waist to the knee, women from the shoulders to the knee. Arms must be exposed. The fabric must be a weave and not a foil which is what the new suits are made of (hence the tears and exposed buttocks).

    I should also point out my mistake. The new suits are not Speedo LZRs at all. They are Jaked (I assume you say it like "naked") and Arena's X-glide

    Maybe Phelps was just warming up. He has now won gold in a world record time.

    After taking off his full body suit and swimming in a waist down version.

    Was it butterfly? There's a one style he does in the short suit so he gets better movement from his arms

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • JackElder,

    Nothing for it....I mean they should wear nothing. Make the sport damn more interesting.

    One interesting consequence of mandating nudity for competitive swimming is that you'd have to contend with the drag factor from the parts that are normally enclosed by the trunks. Possibly not so much of a problem for women, but it could well see those men often considered to be "blessed by nature" eliminated from competition due to excessive hydrodynamic drag.

    Wellington • Since Mar 2008 • 708 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Was it butterfly? There's a one style he does in the short suit so he gets better movement from his arms

    He warmed up in a full suit, but complained that it didn't feel like it fit him correctly (around the shoulders). So he swapped it for the half suit for the actual race.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Graham,

    1. The rules are there to ensure a level playing field.
    2. Technology is a component in almost all sports, so why NOT swimming?
    3. And it has played a role in swimming (swim suits have changed over the years and this latest version is just a dramatic example).
    3a. Technology has even played a role in springboard diving (that IS a sport, thank you Hadyn), with new fibreglass boards appearing about 30 years ago and then five years or so later, they put holes in the ends!
    4. How long before competitors start using tummy tucks and floatation inserts to mimic the suits that have been banned?
    5. Comparisons between stars of different eras compare how they did with their peers, not how they would do today. We compare Mark Spitz with Phelps based on medal tally, longevity and success in achieving records at the time they were competing.

    But really, if they're hiding more skin, there's less to perve at. Damn you, new suits!

    The erotic has always relied on implication and imagination, otherwise you might as well just grab a 'bump and grind' porn dvd and enjoy the titillation of that! Mmm - or maybe you do?! :)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 217 posts Report Reply

  • William Ray,

    I talked to my Advanced PE teacher about this and he gave me something interesting to consider.

    In the paralympics many sprinters with prosthetic limbs can run faster than they could before they got prosthetic limbs. Should they be able to compete against "normal olympians" or does having no feet give them an unfair competative advantage?

    Wellington • Since Aug 2009 • 18 posts Report Reply

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