Fancy (and expensive) swimwear? Disgusting

  

  Well, I just finished reading this story by our Ken Sugiura on how those involved with the men’s swimming team at Georgia Tech have become the latest to make their sport an absolute joke these days.

  Have you heard? It’s not about the swimmer anymore. It’s about the suits they wear . . . or don’t wear.

  It’s about the Speedo LZR Racer suit that carried Michael Phelps to his Olympic fame this summer in Beijing. According to Ken’s story, 79 of the 108 world records broken in 2008 were reportedly set by swimmers wearing these suits.

  Hello! Two things here: High-tech suits such as the LZR Racer should be banned by the NCAA, especially since only a few schools can afford them in this tough economy at $550 a pop. Second, schools should do the right thing in the meantime and refuse to wear them.

  So much for daydreaming. According to Ken’s reporting, those involved with the Tech men’s team are so obsessed with wearing these suits/trying to win an ACC championship that they’ve often slept three swimmers to a room in cheap hotels to save money to buy the suits.

  I mean, there is a reason why the use of performance-enhancing drugs has been rampant at all levels of sports and at all ages. That motto of “by any means necessary” has spread from the pros to everywhere else. We’re back to this LZR Racer silliness.

  The folks at United States Golf Association get it more than most. They are in the process of mandating a limit on the effectiveness of grooves on clubs. They also are discussing a ban on wedges with lofts of more than 60 degrees.

   Swimming is going the other way. Swimming is going the way of sightings of Big Foot and sluggers from the steroid era, where you can’t take it seriously.

131 comments Add your comment

Chris

February 25th, 2009
11:55 am

This is in no way related to performance enhancing drugs. Advances in technology is the way of the way of the world. This is why the NCAA switched to aluminum bats instead of wood. Track shoes are constantly becoming more sophisticated. I also hate your arguement about it is unfair to those schools who can not afford the suit. Football recruits always pick schools who have the state-of-the-art training facilities. Smaller schools can not compete with larger schools’ athletic budgets. These schools always have better equipment. I don’t hear you crying foul against the NCAA for not mandating that each school have the same training equipment in their gym. I don’t see you complaining that UT Chattanooga can’t afford the bats that UGA or Rice use. Money is what seperates great athletic programs from the poor ones. Not only can schools with money afford the best equipment but they can also hire the best coaches. When a product is available to all then the playing field is even. If a school can’t pay to keep up with the competition then they need to get out of the pool.

Russell0931

February 25th, 2009
11:49 am

???? Terrance, you are still a ding dong.

Bo

February 25th, 2009
11:43 am

Terence:

I have a serious question for you. By what rule is GT’s (or anyone else’s) use of these swimsuits illegal or CHEATING? Cheating means that you’re violating a rule. Please reference a rule.

Also, what about the (GT) baseball team’s use of aluminum bats? Those bats have a greater impact on its sport (HR, BA, RBI) than the new swimsuits have on its sport. Will you also declare aluminum bats cheating?

Your headline is wrong and sensationalistic. Once again I ask, does the AJC employ editors? Clearly not, as your incompetence wouldn’t be tolerated.

chuck allison

February 25th, 2009
11:34 am

I don’t get it. Are the suits illegal or does Terrance just think that they should be illegal because they are expensive? Like his other articles, this one is hard to understand. AJC should hire someone to proof read Terrance articles to be sure they are okay before they publish them.

shawn

February 25th, 2009
11:27 am

Hey why not require small wooden rackets in tennis too…lol
You really are an idiot.

MoMizzle

February 25th, 2009
11:24 am

You know absolutely nothing about swimming. If you were in the least involved with the sport of swimming you would realize that the new generation swim suits are nothing like performance enhacing drugs. It just so happens that it increases your body buoyancy and it makes you feel better in the water. Stop blaming the sport for this called “silliness” and focus on steroid using MLB players and NFL criminals. If swimmers are staying three to a room is because it has always been that way, since the early years in club swimming, you try to cut costs so you can afford the top notch technology. Sorry, swimmers are not like college football players who stay at the best hotels with all you can eat shrimp/steak. The GT swim team probably works the hardest out of anyone and in no way shape or form do they cheat. By the way, get you facts straight, it’s not the Michael Phelps suit. It is made by Speedo and worn by many athletes. Do your research first, and if your not invloved in the sport at all, please stay away from it.

Sports Fan

February 25th, 2009
11:23 am

This is a dumb article. When I play sports, I want the best equipment available to allow me to perform my best. If the proper authorities have not deemed it illegal then its not cheating. Don’t go around accusing the athletes of cheating when you’re really upset at the NCAA authorities for not banning the equipment.

gt fan

February 25th, 2009
11:18 am

if we went by YOUR thinking ..

tiger woods is cheating and each and every club in his bag is illegal!

technological advances are one thing but drugs and doping are a whole diff ball game. you need to separate the two!

Terence Moore

February 25th, 2009
11:06 am

Bow Wow,

You’re absolutely right about the high schools. There is a serious problem there as well. Since there is so much concentration on the pros, which is natural, the lower levels are getting ignored.

Bow Wow

February 25th, 2009
10:53 am

Colleges should voluntarily ban the speed suits? It won’t happen. I wonder when high schools will get around to testing players for growth hormones? When there is a plethora of 16-year-olds who are 6′6″ and weigh 300 pounds, there is something screwy going on.