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    December 16, 2008

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    Jennie

    I'm not knowledgeable enough about competitive swimming to have even a well educated opinion about this topic. I pose the question though to those that do, is there a risk of this becoming a similar situation to baseball's grand summer of 1998? The one where Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire made us forget about labor contracts, strikes and bad behavior by professional athletes. We all marvelled at their amazing accomplishments at the time, but looking back knowing what we know now about steroids and other performance enhancers, it just makes many of us fans feel sad and empty.

    goldmedalmel

    Chris, I think technology is exciting, but not at the cost of fairness... Feels like we're crossing the line in "doping" or "tech doping" as many high-profiles coaches have said....

    Chris

    You article reminds me of my bobsled days where the differentiators after driver skills and strenth/speed of your push studs are sled design and runners. I've always been a proponent of everyone using the same equipment to level the playing field however in that sport it is problematic. They provide the guideline and your equipment is inspected to ensure that you fall within those guidelines. In swimming it appears these suits have gone far beyond the guidelines that your sport governing bodies could have ever imagined and for the sake of sport (evening the playing field/lowering the economic/technological barrier to entry) limitations should be established.

    Mel Stewart

    Chuck, "woulda, coulda, shoulda" seemed to dominate a lot of athletes' minds between Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games, and after. I know. I've hear them air their "woulda, coulda(s)...."

    Chuck

    While I like the attention that falling records brings to swimming, and agree with you on the important role of some of the suit manufacturers, it seems to be getting to a point where it's going to be difficult to distinguish the better swimmer from the better-financed or better-equipped swimmer. While it might be good for the sport, I can't see how bringing that question into play is good for the athletes. All I see is a door opening to woulda, coulda, shoulda second guessing on wardrobe choices instead of acknowledgment that the better swimmer won the race.

    Mel Stewart

    Bianca, if I start a cellphane swimwear company, you're hired!

    Mel Stewart

    Thanks, JP! I'm checking your link now....

    JP

    I have been hearing about the suits on deck at age group meets as well. Collected some interesting articles and blog posts here:

    http://ix3sports.com/index.php?option=com_mojo&Itemid=46&p=338

    Agree with Mel on FINA indecision. The longer they wait the more this will become a problem.

    Bianca

    You can hire me to shrink-wrap all the male swimmers in cellophane!!! I will work for cheat money! ahahahaha

    side note: I love seeing WR being broken, but I I agree that their should be some limitations on the suit technology. I dont think we are going long standing records anymore.

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