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.

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home park

March 1st, 2009
5:37 pm

Today, A nice young woman came to my door. She proceeded to ask my roommates and I if we would like a Subscription to the AJC… I politely slammed the door in her face… reopened it and explained how I wished she had been Terrance Moore apologizing about how uninformed and unintelligent he is and how he can’t help that he’s a lazy, racist, ignorant [I'm not intelligent enough to put a suitable word here]. Then slammed the door again.

MonteMan

February 28th, 2009
9:20 pm

This article clearly demonstrates that intelligence and fairness are NOT a requirement for employment at the ajc. You are an idiot and clearly nothing about swimming!

Several points:

These suits are now commonly seen whenever elite swimmers compete in important meets – even at the high school level – don’t think you knew that Moore – bet you don’t attend many high school meets.

These suits are often loaned to the swimmers, especially those that qualify for finals – as would any well run company, Speedo is enjoying good press coverage from these suits, and often engages in “loss leaders” as a trade-off for such coverage.

The swimmers that compete train very hard for months to earn the right to compete at these championships, so these achievements can not be attributed solely to the benefits, if any, that may be derived by these suits. If you’ve paid any attention to the sport, you would know that record times have been steadily falling in the sport for some time, long before Speedo introduced these suits, and the times of elite swimmers as a group has been dropping even more dramatically – but Moore you certainly do not that!

Since when is it “cheating” to use equipment that is perfectly legal? Is it also cheating to work harder and be better coached? Is it cheating to make sacrifices in one area to obtain benefits in another? Or is it cheating simply if someone does something with which you don’t agree? Is it cheating the public when a person that has the eyes of the public impugns the character of well trained, conditioned and coached athletes simply because he doesn’t like what they do, or perhaps resents their success.

But perhaps worst of all, is when the writer abuses his trade and suggests an analogy that just isn’t there! To even to suggest that the use of a piece of equipment is entirely legal somehow akin to an illegal activity like doping is wrong-headed, stupid, outrageous and slanderous.

You owe everyone in the sport of swimming an apology! And especially any swimmer that has competed using these new suits, including the Georgia Tech coaches and swimmers.

You should be especially ashamed, and should the management at the ajc for allowing such a stupid and vacuous opinion to appear in print.

I’ll be cancelling my subscription!

eat me

February 28th, 2009
9:58 am

TM is an asshole. The AJC is a complete joke and will hopefully go bankrupt soon.

James Cox Kennedy

February 27th, 2009
9:29 pm

Terence,

We can no longer tolerate your stupidity. Even by the AJC’s standards you are a disgrace. You’re fired.

Sincerely,
James Cox Kennedy
CEO, Cox Enterprises

The Truth

February 27th, 2009
4:59 pm

The real story here is the decades of deception that Terrence had us believe. All this time I thought he was an African-American middle aged male. But now we all know he is actually a Japanese teenage girl.

Japanese because of this – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7434159.stm
Teenage because of his/her writing skill
Girl because of his/her total lack of knowledge of sports and only writing about how he/she feels

Chiu chiu?

February 27th, 2009
3:57 pm

So basically, every team that uses any type of suit other than a old-school Lycra is cheating?

Suits don’t win races on their own… Tech has talent. Get a life.

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Doug

February 27th, 2009
3:18 pm

Well if Tech gets to own the newspaper, maybe we MIGHT get some fair coverage.

sswwiimm

February 27th, 2009
2:52 pm

wow, this article makes you sound so incredibility ignorant. i wish i could send you videos of all the people who laughed after reading this article. nice job terence moore.

NativeAtlantan

February 27th, 2009
10:57 am

Has anyone contacted DRad or the Tech administration about this to be sure they get involved? At the VERY least, Terrence Moore’s press credentials needs to be revoked, and he owes each member of the swim team a personal apology for accusing them of cheating.

Football players (at UGA, GT, wherever) don’t have to sacrfice for their state of the art facilities, equipment, uniforms, etc…These “non-revenue” athletes choose to sleep 3 to a room in cheap hotels so they can afford competitive swim suits. They should be applauded, not accused of cheating. Shame on you, TM. Shame on you, AJC headline writers. Shame on you. I’d threaten to cancel my paper subscription, but I did that years ago.

theLAW

February 26th, 2009
6:52 pm

Terrence Moore: Colossal Dipshit
Do you even read about the things you spew your literary diarrhea on?
If you had your finger on the pulse of the swimming community instead of jammed up your ass, you would have realized that these suits are certified by the NCAA and are the standard, worn by any serious athlete. The performance gain seen is no different than compressive suits for running and weightlifting, comparing them to performance enhancing drugs is like comparing caffeine to cocaine. The swimming community has even recently imposed limits on what can be considered legal, limiting each swimmer to wearing one suit at a time.
You make accusations regarding the swim team’s coaching staff cutting financial corners without being burdened by their responsibilities. Words like “often” are thrown around all too casually (and wrongly), did you accompany the team “often”? Even going so far as to neglect the fact that swimming is paid far less than many other popular sports such as football. Can you imagine a football team without the very latest equipment? (can you say brain damage?). Can you fathom anyone giving other teams a competitive advantage because they think NCAA certified products are “silly”?
I don’t make a point of getting angry at ignorant idiots, i simply educate and make fun of them. If you are going to call a modern facet of someone’s sport silly, you may want to pick your battles more carefully, I doubt a LZR suit would “carry” you anywhere quickly (if you could fin in one that is).