Technologies Used In Swimming!

Before the use of technology, money had a very little impact on the Olympics, but now one must be able to train and get technological advantages if you want a fair chance at winning. In this article, you will get to know about the technologies used in swimming. Swimming is often thought of as a pure sport but the technology has played a steady role in the advancement of swimming.Technology has played a major role in swimming in the past few decades which has made swimming one of the most important sports played in the Olympics.

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Swimmers don’t wear much, but what they do wear is important. In the earlier 1920s , the swimsuits Olympians wore were made out of wool. The added weight of a soaking wet wool suit must have added about 20 pounds! Wool was first ditched by the manufacturing company “SPEEDO” which started making swimsuits made out of hydrodynamic fabrics. Thereafter Swimsuits began a much faster evolution. In 1970s, Olympic Swimmers used to wear tiny one pieces. Fast Forward to 2000, SPEEDO reinvented the competitive swimsuit again when they released the fast skin series. The fabric used in these suits were similar to shark skin and better facilitated water flowing over the suit. Thus suit became longer, and some Olympians wore full body suits.

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The real evolution occurred around the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Super high-tech suits made its debut and world records fell like never before(130 swimming world records were broken in Beijing Olympics 2008). This swimsuit compressed the body and made the swimmers float. After few years in 2010, FINA(International Board in charge of Swimming Regulations) ruled that the new suit performed too well. Instead of enhancing abilities, the suits were gifting wealthier swimmers with a perfect body position in the water and compensating for the fatigue felt during a race. So the rules were made that male swimmers can wear a suit of size between waist and knee whereas female swimmers can wear a swimsuit not above their shoulders. Since most of the technological advantage became illegal, SPEEDO and other companies had to become creative due to which suits are now basically compression machines. They squeeze the body very tightly to make the body smoother, more hydrodynamic and decrease lactic acid build-up. Putting these suits can hurt more than the race itself. It is amazing how things have changed in the past century, but suits are not the only place technology has changed the face of swimming.


Swimming suits is not the only example which could be qouted when talked about technologies used in swimming. The list goes on….. Swimming Caps and Goggles have undergone a similar journey. These pieces of equipment aid in making swimming faster. Caps are hydrophobic so that the water runs straight off. Goggles are molded onto the face perfectly. They reduce the drag and make one swim faster and actually allows you to see where you are going.

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Another great instance of technologies used in swimming is the method in which time is recorded to achieve a greater amount of precision. On the very technical side, the invention of Touchpads changed the game. They removed human error from the timing of race. Before touchpads, stop watches were used to determine Olympic medals. But now, there is a computer system that starts when the starting beep sounds. The clock stops as soon as the swimmer’s finger brushes the final wall. Without any of these technological advancements, Michael Phelps and Kates Ledecky wouldn’t be quite as speedy as they are today. For them, the combination of technology and hard work combined into greatness.

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