Olympic swimming gold: The suit or the swimmer in the suit?

  • Author: Ray Stefani
  • Published: Apr 04, 2012 - From issue: Volume 9 Issue 2 (April 2012)
  • Doi: 10.1111/j.1740-9713.2012.00553.x

Mark Spitz won seven gold medals wearing briefs. Michael Phelps won 14 gold medals in Athens and Beijing in a high‐tech all‐over bodysuit. In 2010 high‐technology swimsuits were banned from competition, as significantly improving performance. But do they really make a difference?Ray Stefani evaluates them, beginning with an evocative photo from the 1924 Olympics.

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