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pwb
July 8th, 2009, 01:04 PM
Just so we can stop talking about triathletes and get back to arguing about our next favorite topic -- http://www.swimnetwork.com/videos/v/20090706/what_usa_swimming_wants_in_suit_regulations-16771.html.

ande
July 8th, 2009, 01:38 PM
USA Swimming position is
"What we're supporting is legistlation that would, for
male athletes have suits that would not go above the navel or below the knees and for
female athletes, suits that would not go over the shoulders or below the knees and that suits would be permeable"

Are they proposing female swimmers to wear strapless tech suits?

this thread
USA Swimming Seeks Support For Swimsuit Ban - U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums


If FINA & uss swimming took a firm stance on their own rule, they wouldn't have allowed suits to have any fabric beyond what's necessary for decency. the extra unnecessary fabric is "device that helps our speed, pace or buoyancy during races"




102.15 Disqualifications
102.15.9 Swimmers are not permitted to wear or use any device or substance to help their speed, pace or buoyancy during a race.

pwb
July 8th, 2009, 02:05 PM
USA Swimming position is
"What we're supporting is legistlation that would, for
male athletes have suits that would not go above the navel or below the knees and for
female athletes, suits that would not go over the shoulders or below the knees and that suits would be permeable"

Are they proposing female swimmers to wear strapless tech suits?

Bikini tops and jammer bottoms?

thewookiee
July 8th, 2009, 02:40 PM
USA Swimming position is
"What we're supporting is legistlation that would, for
male athletes have suits that would not go above the navel or below the knees and for
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Are they proposing female swimmers to wear strapless tech suits?

Why is there this push to limit coverage? I don't understand this thinking. If the suit makers are given a clear set of rules to follow in regards to the material that can and cannot be used in making suits, what is so wrong with suits that cover the torso down to the ankles or suits that go waist to ankle?

scyfreestyler
July 8th, 2009, 02:47 PM
I think it's a conspiracy aimed at those swimmers (mostly men, but not exclusively so) who have used the new suits to avoid having to shave large quantities of body hair.

some_girl
July 8th, 2009, 03:39 PM
Ugh, I think the knee suits are the worst and look terrible on everyone too. Legs or no legs, none of this namby-pamby halfway crap.

ande
July 8th, 2009, 04:17 PM
USA swimming director state of suits (http://www.swimnetwork.com/videos/v/20090706/usa_swimming_executive_director_on_the_state_of_th e_suits-16768.html)

bamueller
July 8th, 2009, 04:23 PM
Why is there this push to limit coverage? I don't understand this thinking. If the suit makers are given a clear set of rules to follow in regards to the material that can and cannot be used in making suits, what is so wrong with suits that cover the torso down to the ankles or suits that go waist to ankle?

I think it makes perfect sense.

Additional fabric beyond what is necessary to provide coverage for decency (as mentioned earlier) is only useful for aiding in resistance reduction and buoyancy, otherwise companies would not have produced such a suit. What motivates the R&D and manufacturing of these full body suits is that they enable the swimmer to swim faster than what they were given naturally (birthday suit). Now a wetsuit is different because it is meant to insulate, but in a FINA pool, assuming it is not cold, no insulation is necessary.

In theory, if everyone swam naked, we'd all be on a level playing field. Throw in a full body suit by brand X, someone with one from brand Y, and someone who cannot afford one, then the playing field is no longer equal.

thewookiee
July 8th, 2009, 04:55 PM
None of the current suits have been PROVEN to aid in bouyance. Cut down on resistance, there is nothing wrong with doing that. If people want to cut out the suits that cover torso because they are concerned about cutting down on resistance, then shaving down of people needs to be banned as well.

There is nothing wrong with the suits that cover the upper body. Again, if the suits people have clear rules as to the material that can and cannot be in the suits, then providing different styles of suits that cover different amounts of the body should be an option.