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

Phil

February 26th, 2009
6:51 pm

Terence Moore needs to make a public apology for this one. He was totally out of line. His editors even defended him, saying in an email to me, saying Terence said it was “tantamount to cheating.” That’s not what was said at all…it wasn’t likened to cheating, he called them cheats. He needs to be suspended or fired for this one. He really crossed the line this time.

The Truth

February 26th, 2009
4:58 pm

The header on this page says “Michael Phelps suit inspires Georgia Tech swimmers to cheat”. The only suit you need to worry about is the libel suit heading your way. Georgia Tech is getting ready to own the largest student newspaper in the country. Hmmm. Instead of that, maybe just turning all the AJC property into a parking lot would be better use of the space.

joeyswim145

February 26th, 2009
4:35 pm

you know nothing about the sport….complete idiot

Cheating is breaking the rules….there are no rules against these suits….therefore cheating is not occurring.

I’m in Division 2 swimming, and most everyone can find a way to afford these suits.

We’re not meathead baseball or football players on steriods…..write something about them

Worse article Ive ever seen written about swimming.

Brian A. Robbins

February 26th, 2009
4:20 pm

Dear Terence,

Your ignorance astounds me. I just finished reading your article about the Georgia Tech Swim and Dive team wearing LZR’s this week at ACC’s. (Did you even know that ACC’s were this week? Doubt it.) I would love to join whichever union you are in that allows you to write such bull without getting fired. You have no business writing about swimming, and your article proves it.

I am no Michael Phelps fan; believe me, but to say that winning 8 gold medals this summer in Beijing was because of the suit is an insult to the entire world swimming community. That man worked his butt off his entire life to achieve what he did, and the suits had absolutely nothing to do with it. See, winning gold medals is about beating the people next to you, not breaking world records (and if you were capable of doing your job, you would see on the videos of his races that…THE COMPETITION WAS WEARING THEM TOO!! Oh my Gosh! No way!). To take shots at Phelps for wearing the best LEGAL suit available is like taking shots at Lance Armstrong for riding the best bike available, or Tiger Woods for using the best clubs available, or Michael Jordan the best shoes available, or Rafa Nadal for using the best racket (should I go on, or is my point starting to get through your immensely thick skull? I’ll keep going)…

You see, Terence, using good equipment is a completely different ball game than using performance enhancing drugs. Drugs alter your body chemically so that you can train better, get stronger then have the edge when you are competing, whereas using the best equipment has nothing to do with the chemical balance of the human body. The ILLEGAL drugs rarely used in swimming make the athlete stronger to go faster, whereas the LEGAL LZR’s, decrease drag, and help with buoyancy. Do you expect the NCAA and FINA to ban swimmers from shaving their legs too?

I also love how you chose to pick on the Georgia Tech Swim Team, and not UGA’s. Huh, I wonder if the UGA bred editors of the Atlanta Urinal had anything to do with that…
Anyway, Terence, every team in the NCAA has deals with companies that make suits; it’s how they can save money, and it’s advertising for the suit making companies. And, the professional swimmers get to sign with swim suit companies to get PAID to wear the suits. Man, so much for your argument about the economy. UGA’s swim team, for instance, is wearing the Blueseventy swim suit. Ever hear of that one Terence? I didn’t think so. The Blueseventy is a much cheaper Australian made suit that was designed from wetsuits; it keeps swimmers more afloat in the water and decreases drag…and most in the swimming community agree that it is faster than the LZR, and yet, in your vast research on this topic, you neglected to mention this. So why choose to go after Georgia Tech?

You are an idiot, and a disgrace to the sporting community.

With love,

Brian A. Robbins

ScoreAtlanta

February 26th, 2009
3:17 pm

Doug

February 26th, 2009
3:07 pm

Terence, I still do not see an apology!

Brian A. Robbins

February 26th, 2009
2:36 pm

i wouldn’t wipe myself with this article if it was printed on Charmin.

you suck...

February 26th, 2009
2:34 pm

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Terence Cheats

February 26th, 2009
2:15 pm

I thought since the AJC doesn’t have Terence Moore’s e-mail listed on their contacts page that people might be interested in sending their feedback to him personally. tlmajc@aol.com

Mike C

February 26th, 2009
10:58 am

Terrence, I understand that you feel that the NCAA should ban the suits. That’s fine. However, to accuse the GT swim team as “cheaters” is extremely out of line. I’ve read and enjoyed some of your articles in the past, but this is just unacceptable. To say the least, I’m quite disappointed, and hope to see an apology from you in the near future.