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Swimnews is reporting that FINA will be meeting with Speedo officials to discuss the suit properties and material thicknesses. Why, since the suit has already been approved by FINA? Because there have been 14 world records set since 16 February (maybe more today in Eindhoven or Sydney). Thirteen of the records were set in Speedo's Fastskin LZR Racer. The downside is the suit is so expensive some cannot afford it; some national teams have suit contracts with other suppliers and their swimmers not allowed to wear it. So what do you think? Does the suit give swimmers an unfair advantage? Is the suit legal or illegal? Is it too expensive? Share your comments.

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March 24, 2008 at 7:56 am
(1) Mat says:

So what do you think? Does the suit give swimmers an unfair advantage? Is the suit legal or illegal? Is it too expensive?

March 24, 2008 at 10:30 am
(2) KMM says:

As long as the suit has a specific gravity of 1.0 or more it is innocent. A more troubling trend for the upcoming Olympics at the “cube” is performance enhancing drugs, some undetectable. Swimming has not traditionally been a sport that bulks ones muscles.

April 19, 2008 at 9:52 pm
(3) Tony says:

It’s not just about specific gravity… Think about it. If the suit itself due to it’s technology reduces drag then that is itself an artificially introduced advantage. That makes it unfair if not all people are able wear them since it gives that advantage. It’s just like using drugs or hormones to improve performance only this is something external instead of internal.

How can anyone feel proud of what they’ve accomplished (like breaking records) if it took a special suit to get there?

The Olympics and sports in general should be about NATURAL ability, not a showcase for technology. The spirit behind the Olympics is dying.

August 17, 2008 at 6:39 am
(4) Loris says:

I don’t like it, you know that someone with that suit will win, not fair, it’s like a doping that has been approved. An extremely expensive doping. You want a WR? Pay for the suit!

December 22, 2008 at 7:43 pm
(5) Sue says:

What about at the High School level. From what I understand this suit is now approved at the district level competitions and at the state level competitions in PA through the PIAA. I personally have not verified this, but our HS coach has told the swimmers it has been approved. Talk about an unfair advantage. These kids don’t have sponsors to help pay for these suits and the school districts are already strapped for money. This leaves it on the parent’s back and lets face it, times are very tough for some people and the last thing they can spend money on is a suit.

May 13, 2009 at 3:30 pm
(6) kat says:

the thing is this: expensive or not, its still just a suit. um, last time i checked its not the suit that wins the races, and as a swimmer, i would know. michael could have won wearing a drag suit and won the 8. i mean come on, yeah, i cant afford it, so what, if i was swimming against someone else who had it, good for them, it wouldnt bother me, it just mean, i have to swim .05 seconds faster to make up the difference, i mean really, if we got rid of the LZR racer, we would have to get rid of the other fast skins too. Plus, those who are the best, get to wear the best…for free, the best gets sponsored by speedo.they are the leading suit company, so if you’re sponsored by them, then you must have worked your butt of, and you deseve to wear it. and what about traser ligh, hmmm…why just pick on the LZR racer?

June 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm
(7) eoin says:

tough like if u cant afford it save up like it wont take u that long if u want it u go get it i had to save up for mine and they are grate i made a 6second pb like went from 1.o1 down to .55 couldent believe it go for it get them and trust me u will be happy

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