These swimsuits should be banned in competition, in respect for the efforts and accomplishments of past swimmers. If Kate Ziegler swam her record-breaking 1,500-meter freestyle wearing flippers on her feet, she'd have been disqualified. What's the difference between wearing this new suit and wearing a pair of flippers?
Cynics say that elite-level sports are more about entertainment than competition. In the world of sports entertainment, people want to see records broken, or so the thinking goes. But for Major League Baseball, at least, records have a certain sanctity. Kudos to baseball for refusing to allow the aluminum bat and a livelier baseball to increase scoring. And as Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire et al. have found out, taking performance enhancing drugs, even when they haven't been banned, is regarded by fans, if not the game itself, as cheating.
In the past, technology has improved swimmers' performances and times.
- Pools and lane dividers have been improved to reduce turbulence and improve swimmers' times
- Technology used in training and coaching has helped athletes improve their conditioning and their technique -- reducing their times.
So, swimming fans, get your opinions ready and let the powers that be know that the FS-Pro suit is for cheaters only.