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by: JamieD On  Wednesday, July 29, 2009

michael-phelps-second-placeTotal Pro Sports – Back from a layoff after smoking some marijuana and banging some hookers, Michael Phelps seemed to have brought himself back to old form after setting a new world record in the 100-meter butterfly a few weeks ago.

So how does one beat a top-flight Michael Phelps?  Let’s just say the secret is in the suit.

This year FINA (the international swimming body) has found themselves in the middle of a debate over the new swimsuits being worn by several of the competing swimmers.  Records continue to fall at an outstanding pace, and many believe it has something to do with the buoyancy-enhancing, friction-reducing polyurethane outfits being used in races.  Phelps and his coach, Bob Bowman, are just two of the individuals who have voiced a concern.

Phelps finished second to Germany’s Paul Biedermann in the 200-meter freestyles in Rome.  His winning time was fast enough to set the new world record, previously held by Phelps.  Following the race, Bowman had the following to say:

“The sport is in shambles right now. They better do something or they’re going to lose their guy who fills these seats.” [USA Today]

Even Phelps made his opinion known to reporters, stating that “It’s not swimming. I’m looking forward to the day that we’re able to call our sport swimming again.”  Phelps did however stop short of taking all the credit away from his opponent, admitting that Biedermann was in fact in better shape for the race.

Where swimming will go from here remains to be seen.  Reports indicate that tighter standards may be set on swimsuits.  Whether this will lead to a naked Amanda Beard swimming in the 2012 London Games is anyone’s guess.  Just think of the possibilities.

Hat Tip – [The Big Lead]





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