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    What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    Here's an amusing question:

    By now, you're probably used to the sight of guys in speedos in Masters. You will be eventually, if you haven't already...haha.

    What did you initially think of guys in speedos? And what do you think now?

    I am looking forward to your interesting responses (especially from women...haha). Please mention your gender.

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    I usually thought/think..."Wonder where he got his suit? I'm going to need to replace mine soon."

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    I haven't given it a thought since summer league, in 1970.

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    Funny, I have seen some guys in their 70's who train in them. But most people my age (46) and younger use jammers. I recently changed from jammers to briefs as the couple of jammers I liked that were supportive have been changed such that they are now made of more stretchy material, and as such, don't really keep things in place. Unfortunately when I swim at the gym, I'm the only one around wearing one, so I feel kind of odd about it.

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    No issue with them here. Worn them all my life. Used to be made fun of by non-swimmers for it. Honestly, if doing the sport I love made me "gay" or "an antiquated word for a log for starting fires," then I was cool with it. Wearing briefs taught me very early to be comfortable with (a) my body and (b) my sexuality. I just did me. On our Disney cruise last May, I only wore my speedo + drag suit. I told my wife point blank I wasn't packing trunks. Hate how they feel. Also don't like jammers for training, only for competition suit.

    So I basically have no issue with wearing them myself, or with other men wearing them. Wear what's comfortable!

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    I've never understood why people get feisty about it. Briefs were the uniform when I was still in age group swimming. I did think the guys swimming a 5K in unexpectedly cold water last summer was a bold move, but they made it. Otherwise, as long as everything on everyone that needs to be covered is covered, why care what someone else puts on their body?

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    I take that back. The Lobos took a Christmas/New Year training trip to Hawaii in "75 or '76 We had a guy on the team from Hawaii and he made it very clear that NO SPEEDOS were allowed on his beaches. We all hit a discount store as soon as we landed and bought some el cheapo surf shorts.

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    When I got my first Speedo brief it was before there were jammers. I was proud, I was swimmer. It's what swimmers wore. Swimmers wore swimsuits, bathers wore bathing suits.All the guys on the team wore them.
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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    Most of the guys I see wear drag suits (myself included) or jammers, I don't see many who wear just briefs. I've been coaching and swimming Masters for coming up on a decade now, that's been the case the whole time.

    My usual reaction is just if I see an especially vibrant/obnoxiously colorful one, and then I wonder where I can get one.

    All that said, I did break out just the special brief by itself for warmup at the meet my team hosts every January, so I'm sure I was the one everyone was mentally complaining about then!

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    Quote Originally Posted by VintageDirt View Post
    I take that back. The Lobos took a Christmas/New Year training trip to Hawaii in "75 or '76 We had a guy on the team from Hawaii and he made it very clear that NO SPEEDOS were allowed on his beaches. We all hit a discount store as soon as we landed and bought some el cheapo surf shorts.

    I was on that trip in December 76! you have a good memory as I don't remember that..of course I was broke so I probably still wore my speedo...do you remember the dude from Hawaii nickname? that's one I do remember!

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    He went by Yano or Jano but I don't remember his real name (Kurt remembers all that stuff). I know Yano hated Albuquerque. He said everything was brown. When he flew in and looked out the window, nothing but brown. Houses looked like chocolate cakes. He couldn't believe it when his hair froze on the way to the SUB that first cold morning. He bought the biggest parka he could find. Also was amazed that chips and crackers stayed crisp after you opened them.

    Also, remember when Flip Paulsen broke Janie Coopers new Christmas surfboard in half at North Beach?

    I was broke too! We were supposed to get super cheap meals at the Marine Corps Air Station on Kaneohe. What we didn't realize was, our pool time was during all of the meal times! Man, I could reminisce about that trip for hours. The drive back to Albuquerque from San Diego in Steve's car!!!

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    I am a firefighter and a man 34 years. when I see my coworker lifeguards in a speedo age 18 I just feel depression on how bad my fitness is and how I don't belong on the beach

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    Quote Originally Posted by jsmi339966 View Post
    I am a firefighter and a man 34 years. when I see my coworker lifeguards in a speedo age 18 I just feel depression on how bad my fitness is and how I don't belong on the beach
    At 34, you should be able to get ripped with good diet and workout.[Trigger warning: the following is heteronormative and otherwise filled with stereotyped]When I was 34, undergraduate-aged women in general weren't tremendously impressed by me. On the other hand, they were far more attracted to me than that age woman was when *I* was 21.

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    Quote Originally Posted by MickYoung View Post
    At 34, you should be able to ...
    ... be comfortable in your own skin.

    As someone who was never ripped ... even when I was swimming NCAA D-1 ... and has worn a speedo for ~48 years ... just do it and wear a brief if you want to. If you don't want to wear it, if you're not comfortable, that's also cool.

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    Still the best Speedo print design of all time IMO...



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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    You mean "grape smugglers"?
    --Mike Tyson (yes, my real name)

    https://blogs.marathonswimmers.org/ironmike/

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    Re: What did you initially think of guys in speedos?

    I remember wearing briefs for the first time when joining a summer swim league at age 10. I remember being uncomfortable that first workout. Then I never looked back. Age 50, and I still exclusively wear briefs for training and open water swims whether the water temp is 80F or 60F. I'll occasionally get a look at a fitness center, and I was even given some good-natured ribbing about it by a stranger a couple of weeks ago. But (while I'm not top tier) when they see me swim the interaction changes.

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