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Evolution of Olympic Swimming Suits

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Kevin Clydesdale

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Evolution of Olympic Swimming suits
By Kevin Clydesdale Olympics in the 1908 Henry Taylor, a British swimmer poses in a one-piece made out of cloth after winning the 400-meter race at the London Olympic games in 1908. Full-body suits were standard for male swimmers up through the 1940s. Females were not allowed to swim at this time. Olympics in the 1912 (female) Australian swimmers Mina Wylie and Fanny Durack also wore suits like in the 1908 Olympics. This was the first year females were allowed to swim in the olympics. These swimsuits were still made out of cloth but are not used in today Olympics. Olympics in 1912 (Males) Great Britain's Backstroke swimmers J. Slane and C. Stephens debut a more revealing look also known as speedos nowadays for the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. These started a new style of swimming suits used all the way to nowadays but aren't used in the Olympics anymore. Gradualism Olympics in 1924 (Female) In the Olympics in 1924 in Paris, Californian swimmer Florence Chambers poses in her Olympic swimming "costume" which has altered the previous swimsuits very little therefore it is starting gradualism. This swimming suit was a hit but it become used less and less. Olympics 1928 (Male) The guys in the 1928 Olympics decided to wear the same kind of full body suit as the previous olympics, causing extra drag, and ultimately, extra seconds on the clock. The suits would be different from each other, however the concept of the full body suit was the same but now they use very high tech materials. Olympics in 1932 (Male) Members of the U.S. men's swimming team model sleeker versions of the one-piece suit while competing in the 1932 games in Los Angeles, similar to the ones the female wore in the 1924 olympics. It was the same year Speedo made its Olympic debut, introducing racerback suits that allowed for better arm and shoulder movement which ultimately made the swimmers drop seconds on the clock. Olympics in 1936 (Female) The swimsuits in this Olympics started to shrink. They started becoming more modernized and are seen to being changed into the same kind of swimming suits girls wear today. It is a variation of the Razerback suit. The Razerback suit is used today, however it is just a training suit and is not used in the Olympics anymore. Olympics in 1948 The swimmers in the Olympics ditched the full body and went for a smaller, more convenient, and speedier version of it, which turned out to be variation of the original Speedo used in the 1912 Olympics. Today, a variation of this is called a drag suit and it is used for training however it is never used as an Olympic suit. Olympics in 1956 (Male and Female) A couple of months before the 1956 Olympics, swimming manufacturer Speedo introduced a revolutionary swimming suit. The swimming suit was made out of Nylon, which is what some suits are still made out of today. Seconds were dropped, world records were broken, however now it is known as a practice suit to us and is no longer used in the olympics. Gradualism Punctuated
Equilibrium Punctuated
Equilibrium Olympics in 1976 From 1956 to 1976, the swimming suits were made out of Nylon. In 1976, the swimsuits were still made out of Nylon, however, the Olympic swimmers started making completely crazy designs on the swimming suit. Many of these design swimming suits are still used today. Olympics in 1984 (Male) In this Olympics, the 1984 USA Olympic team made the Speedo debut. These swimming suits are variations of the regular speedo shaped swimming suit used in 1912. These swimsuits were also made out of Nylon. Olympics in 1992 (Female) In 1992, the females in this olympics wore the same Nylon suit, however this time, they wore it skin tight. It was proven to have 15% less drag then the normal Nylon suit, and less drag means more improvement, and therefore it was a popular choice at the Olympics. Olympics in 1996 (Female) In the 1996 Olympics, the USA Olympic swim team went to the Olympics with a brand new suit. Today it is known as the Speedo Aquablade and this was the early version of it. They decided to "Mix" the fabrics, and use 80% of fabric A, and 20% of fabric B. Today, the Aquablade is made out of 80% Polyester, and 20% Lycra. Today it is still a very popular racing swim suit because of its success, however it is not used in the Olympics anymore due to the other suits being more high tech. Olympics in 2000 In the new millennium, a new approach towards swimming suits was taken. Swimming suits were now engineered using biometric fabrics, which were modeled after the skin of a shark. The new approach was more scientific and it paid of big time. An improvement of 3% could be expected while wearing this suit, however this suit was banned alone with the one in 2008. Olympics in 2008 The Speedo Lzr Elite full body swimming suit was debuted at the Olympics in Beijing. Developed with the help of NASA and enhanced with polyurethane panels, the controversial suit was worn by 23 of the 25 swimmers who broke records in the pool that year, including Michael Phelps. Due to the amount of world records broken, the use of these kinds of materials was banned in 2008. Olympics in 2012 In the 2012 Olympics, a new brand of swimming suits were introduced. These swimming suits (for guys) had to be from the waist down only, and could not go past the knees. Females could have shoulder straps, but they could only go over the shoulders, and could only go down to the knees. These racing swimsuits were priced as more expensive, however, due to the competition they were very popular. In this Olympics, the Arena Carbon pro made its debut as a one of a kind revolutionary suit that uses Carbon as a material. These suits are mostly used of special combinations of fibers in a company only secret but they must be approved by the governing body of swimming, Fina. Picture Sources Pictures: Black and white historical pictures found at http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/london-olympics-2012-evolution-olympic-swimsuits-gallery-1.1130201
1996 swimsuit picture found at: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9bqct6gCL1rvro87o1_500.jpg
2000 Swimsuit picture found at: http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1130196.1344291443!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/gallery_635/olympic-swimsuits-2000.jpg
2008 Swimsuit picture found at: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_KOFtAgQfdLA/TSdf4J8rg9I/AAAAAAAAALc/zang0FOEZI0/s1600/Speedo+LZR+Michael+Phelps.jpg
2012 Swimsuit picture found at: http://the17thman.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c6c5753ef0177434bedff970d-500wi
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