Reading for the Day: The June 14 Economist

Perhaps because self is still bemused by her last night’s sighting of some of the Stanford women’s swim team in line at Yumi Yogurt, she reads an article in The Economist with more than usual interest. The article, “Making No Waves,” is about swimsuit technology, and this is how it begins:

Athletes in the ancient Olympics competed in the buff, on the grounds (among other things) that clothes were a hindrance to performance. Modern technology, however, has changed that. In some sports, notably swimming, the right attire can be an enormous boon. Take Speedo’s LZR swimsuit, which was introduced in February. Fully 38 of the 42 world swimming records that have been broken since then have fallen to swimmers wearing LZRs.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.


  1. writerchick said,

    June 26, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Well, I wonder why that is. Do they have it lined with flubber? Is there a little rocket in there? LOL – it’s fun to ponder.

  2. June 26, 2008 at 3:46 am

    Yup, your imagination can really run away with you, thinking about those LZRs 🙂

    And then, I wonder who those 4 people are, who broke world swimming records WITHOUT the Speedo LZRs. Now, THAT’S what I call heroic !!!

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