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ALM
August 1st, 2008, 06:51 PM
From:
http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2008/8/1/sports/21974798&sec=sports



Friday August 1, 2008
Japanese cyclist to wear swimsuit

TOKYO: Japanese Olympic cyclist Tomohiro Nagatsuka plans to wear Speedo s record-breaking LZR Racer swimwear beneath his track racing suit in his quest for a medal at the Beijing Games.

Knee-length LZR shorts helped him slash his personal 250m record by about 0.2 seconds to 17.8 seconds in training, Nagatsuka told reporters, according to local media yesterday.

"I thought what was effective in swimming would be also good in cycling," said Nagatsuka, who combined with Toshiaki Fushimi and Masaki Inoue to win the men's team sprint silver at the 2004 Athens Games.

"I presume it is Speedo's body-squeezing effect, not a reduction in air resistance, that helps," added the 29-year-old.

The LZR Racer was developed with the help of the US space agency NASA. It uses a high-tech fabric of water-resistant polyurethane and is structured to squeeze the swimmer s body into the right posture.

It has taken swimming by storm, playing a role in 44 of the 48 short- and long-course world records since it debuted in February.

"In swimming, they speak highly of LZR s effect to constrict the body's surface area. I myself liked the way it supported muscles with a strong embrace," Nagatsuka said.

"It will be my third Olympics and I want to look back at it without any regret." -- AFP

Chris Stevenson
August 1st, 2008, 08:08 PM
Research scientists at my university have taken to wearing the LZR under their lab coats.

"It gets painful after about two hours, and that's when my thoughts really focus," one of my colleagues reports. "I've had some tremendous breakthroughs this summer, and I attribute it partly to the LZR."

Paul Smith
August 1st, 2008, 08:10 PM
Research scientists at my university have taken to wearing the LZR under their lab coats.

"It gets painful after about two hours, and that's when my thoughts really focus," one of my colleagues reports. "I've had some tremendous breakthroughs this summer, and I attribute it partly to the LZR."

Drinking early on a Friday eh Chris?!

Chris Stevenson
August 1st, 2008, 08:50 PM
Drinking early on a Friday eh Chris?!

Not my fault. Wear a LZR into any bar and everyone buys your drinks.

Dolphin 2
August 4th, 2008, 10:30 AM
"I presume it is Speedo's body-squeezing effect, not a reduction in air resistance, that helps," added the 29-year-old.

I've heard a similar comment that when you're wearing an LZR (or any of the other "tech suits"), you know what it feels like to be a pig that's been swallowed by a Boa Constrictor or a Python. :lmao:

http://home.att.net/~crinaustin/Snake2.htm

Dolphin 2