Speedo’s sexless swimsuit under fire

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Speedo’s new high-tech suit, which makes swimmers faster yet a whole lot less sexy, is now entangled in a lawsuit.

Call it sour grapes – the legal twist was filed against Speedo by competitor TYR Sport last week – but the lawsuit might have a point: Swimmers wearing the one-piece, full-body LZR Racer have taken 36 of the 40 world records broken since it was unveiled.

The LZR Racer hit the swimming world in February, when Speedo paraded a handful of Olympic swimmers through a press conference to show it off. Included among the athletes was Michael Phelps, who gets a $1 million bonus from Speedo if he wins the seven golds he wants to snatch at the Beijing Olympics this summer.

The suit, though, is not bringing sexy back. In fact, it made Phelps lose the luster (and package) that’s made gay men swoon since his first Olympics.

Back to the lawsuit, according to the New York Times:

In documents filed in United States District Court for the Central District of California, TYR describes a climate in which elite athletes have been led to believe they cannot excel on the world stage unless they wear Speedo’s newest high-tech suit, which was designed with the help of NASA and was unveiled in February.

Olympian Erik Vendt (photos), a former TYR spokesmodel, is included in the suit for allegedly breaching his contract by wearing the Speedo lawsuit at an event earlier this year. Want to know a little more about Vendt? Check out this Q&A with SlowTwitch.


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