The Need for Speed: How High-?Technology Swimsuits Changed the Sport of Swimming

The Need for Speed: How High-­Technology Swimsuits Changed the Sport of Swimming

By David Meyer

Competitive swimming.  From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it; from the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.  For most people, competitive swimming is a novelty sport, usually watched only during the summer Olympics.  However, for competitive swimmers, the year-­round sport is best characterized as a “love-­hate” relationship.  

The “love-­hate” relationship for the competitive swimmer is grounded in commitment. Swimming is an individual sport with a team aspect.  While the dedicated swimmer is a part of a team, the essence of the required commitment relates to one’s desire to continually improve.  Every swimmer has strengths and weaknesses.  However, what separates a recreational enthusiast from an elite competitive swimmer is not just the level one’s talent, but also the ability to make sacrifices in the pursuit of speed.

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