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Michael Phelps’s Loss and Swimming’s Suit Problems

By Rachel Scall On July - 29 - 2009

On the cover of every newspaper I’ve seen today is a picture of Michael Phelps looking shocked and dejected after having just finished second to Germany’s Paul Biedermann in the 200-meter freestyle.

Biedermann didn’t just out-touch Phelps at the wall—he smashed Phelps’s world record by 0.96 seconds.

Some may have seen Phelps's reaction to the loss (if you can call coming in second at a World Championship event a loss) as him being a sore loser. Phelps’s attempt to get away from the medal stand as quickly as possible, only to be ushered back into place by photographers, does not exactly scream sportsmanship.

But behind Phelps's actions, and his feeling about the race, lies a problem that goes beyond the winningest Olympian of all time. New technologies being applied to swimsuits have the competitors, coaches, officials, and fans of an entire sport up in arms.

As technology progr...

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