Michael Phelps Defies Swim Suit Controversy and Wins World Record

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 29, 2009 4:36 pm

There’s been a lot of hoopla over the new swimming racing suits, which are nearly impermeable and also somewhat buoyant. When Phelps lost the 200-meter freestyle to virtual unknown Paul Biedermann of Germany, it seemed the controversial suits definitely delivered an edge.

In spite of the new technology, Olympic legend Phelps has continued to wear his LZR Racer, a less buoyant ‘fast skin’ made by Speedo. In fact, he just nailed the World Record in the 200-meter butterfly.

Swim clothing has become akin to steroid doping for the Tour De France. Two swimmers were disqualified from the World Championships this week for wearing suits underneath their racing skins, which would trap air to increase buoyancy.

The official ban on the new polyurethane suits might not go into full swing until next spring, though several swimmers and coaches are demanding that the ban happen immediately. Phelps’ private coach, Bob Bowman threatened to pull the star swimmer from competitions until the new clothing rules go into effect. “The sport is in shambles right now and they better do something or they’re going to lose their guy who fills these seats,” Bowman told the AP.