A better swimsuit policy

Saturday, July 25, 2009  

Finally the international swimming board has come to its senses. It is banning the use of those high tech all-body suits we came to know in the Olympic Games last year. There are obvious competitive reasons, but more important is how this policy improves things for the spectators. Competitively speaking, as long as regulations are consistent for everyone, there really is no difference between the all-body suit and brief-style except in times. I imagine the same athletes will place equally no matter which suits they use, just that with everyone in briefs their times will be a few hundredth’s of seconds more.

More significant is to consider the male swimmer’s body. Most would agree a well-trained swimmer has a beautiful physique that brings pleasure to gay men and female office workers around the world. How many more magazines have been sold over the past few years for featuring the bare torso of Michael Phelps on the cover? Just as more baseball fans crowd to parks when the players hit more home runs, more swim fans will tune in if the male swimmers are clad in brief-style suits than in full body ones.

Compare the two pictures below of Mr. Phelps. Notice that he has a nice set of Olympic rings tattooed at the hip line that would be a complete waste in the full-body suit:

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3 comments for “A better swimsuit policy”

  1. Gavin Authier says:

    I know which magazine cover I would buy! ;)

  2. Jonathan Louie says:

    I know which used swimsuit I would buy on Ebay.

  3. Jonathan Louie says:

    On a Serious Note: In looking at replays of Phelps in the Beijing Olympics, I notice that he is NOT wearing these full body suits. He preferred to swim with more skin, wearing just jammers covering only thigh-hip. I guess because even brief Speedos creates more drag than jammers due to brief’s creases that have to happen at the crotch bulge and leg openings–creases that create turbulence and thus drag. The rest of his body he left skin-sensitive dressed only with a shave-down. (He even shaved his fu manchu for the event.) Wearing his own skin, and not a full bodysuit, he still broke World Records and those with said fabric-technology advantage.