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Face the Scientific FACT
The real question will always remain, CAN PHELPS really beat Mark Spitz pants down??!! You will never find out, unless Phelps DO THE HONORABLE THING and swim the 2012 Games WITHOUT the augmentation.|
Read the Time Magazine Aug. 13 issue online, "High-Tech Swimsuits: Winning Medals Too." There are no if's or but's. The slipperies are not bought off the rack. To have optimal results, they have to be tweaked. The American swimmers were working daily with the engineers to have the slippery suits fitted and re-tailored, and that went on for years until they squeezed every last once of speed out of the high-tech artifice. Yes, perhaps the other swimmers, if they so choose, can splurge the $500 or more to buy one of the suits off the rack. But without the refitting and training and re-tailoring, they will not be getting Phelps' results. The fitting and re-tailoring service is HUGELY expensive, and is neither afforable nor available to ALL of the swimmers that train for the Olympics - remember the key is TRAIN FOR. If they do not get a chance to train using the same artifice that the Yanks wear to the pools, they are and will be disadvantaged, as the technology of the slippery suits are not stagnant, and they will keep improving as we move to 2012. Your point, Unimane, about Liu Xiang's shoes is inapposite, as the shoes are not custom made, not like the American swim team's refitted slippery suits.
This is not denigrating anyone's efforts. This is a question of honor and being honest, and competing with other sportsmen on a level playing field. But then perhaps I am preaching to someone who could not understand these concepts.
Olympics is about pure sports. Wearing an artifice that is scientifically proven to increase the speed of the performance, something that is NOT generally available (the off the rack item is NOT the same item) to the other sportsmen, is totally unsportsman like.
What's past is past. But will the Yanks act honorably going forward, and try to break the records in 2012 in London with their pants down (literally)? Mark Spitz did 7 gold medals with just his briefs. Can Phelps or the other Yanks try to best that, this time around without the augmentation?