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

John Trembley

February 26th, 2009
9:40 am

Thank goodness for such clarity! Now, let us get to banning new basketball arenas, football stadium renovations and the like. These items are so expensive. Many schools can not afford the multi-million dollar facilities. Your logic is nonsensical and devoid of any reason. Lets give all students C in school, all Americans the same color car and pay everyone equally. True socialism appears to be your bottom line. Some athletes, school, professional teams, newspapers, businesses have more opportunity that others. That is life. If you are inclined to put pen to paper FOR SWIMMING AND DIVING, please offer something constructive. Our sport is in need of support. Never again will purchase this paper. As well your editor should reconsider leadership.

G Turner

February 26th, 2009
8:44 am

Good grief! a typical socialist response. If everyone can’t have the same things, then no one should have them!!!


February 26th, 2009
8:16 am

Guess writing garbage like this to fuel some sort of flames is the only way to save the AJC. So, mission accomplished TM…everyone is reading this article now.


February 26th, 2009
12:57 am

you are ignorant…absolutely embarrassing. but i guess you did evolve from a monkey


February 26th, 2009
12:19 am

After all, you would probably prefere that kids just stay at home, get fat and certainly not do any sport.


February 26th, 2009
12:17 am

And Lance Armstrong bike at $10,000 a pop, you would also ban it. Time to wake up and stop living in the 1900th.


February 25th, 2009
11:52 pm

Terrence Moore you are an idiot. You should be fired for slander and liable, and it makes me sick that you would call out these kids for doing nothing wrong. How can you report that the Tech men’s swim team is cheating when you know good and well they are playing within the rules. Its one thing if you think the suits should be banned, but to call a hard-working group of young men who are extremely intelligent for utilizing all the tools available to them to excell in a very difficult sport cheaters is absolutely disgusting. I hope the AJC wakes up soon and realizes what a joke you really are. Good day, sir.


February 25th, 2009
11:27 pm

Terrance, I hate to break it to you, but by using the internet to reach more readers, you are cheating your own ratings.

Welcome to the real world buddy.


February 25th, 2009
11:13 pm

Football players wear the best gloves (stickum) they can get. Basketball players wear the best shoes they can get (pump it up), and golfers use the best clubs and balls they can get. Unfortunately, only whiteys swim so therefore they cheat when using the best equipment. Is this really your argument Tmoore? If so, you need more material. Please try to read outside articles other than your bosses or colleagues. Your racism reaks.


February 25th, 2009
11:04 pm

Ok, you have changed the title many times today as readers have righted you. Unfortunately, people can still see the original title in the top of the IE window that states “Michael Phelps suit inspires Georgia Tech swimmers to cheat.” If you were a decent person, you would issue an apology on paper that you were wrong and slanderous. Maybe if the swimmers weren’t white this would be possible for you?