Washington, Aug 10 : A mere split second can spell the difference between success or failure at Olympics, prompting more athletes to look towards technology. Now, at this year's games, usage of technology as way to fulfil the sportsmen's dream has been made legal.
For instance, Speedo's LZR suit, designed in conjunction NASA scientists, uses ultrasonically bonded seams (instead of stitches), low-drag panels and a mix of polyurethane layers to create the fastest suit ever, reaching previously unattainable levels of buoyancy and slipperiness.
However, according to the top U.S. swimmers, the key lies in the groin. It has a rigid, girdle-style structure that positions the swimmer's body in an optimal position, reports the Wired.
The introduction of the suit means no more hip/leg misalignments and less lower-body fatigue.
It's estimated to give its wearers a two to five percent advantage, more than enough to make the difference between a bronze medal and a gold one.