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Speedo Fastskin: Crucial Moments in History

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

I want to take you on a journey through history of Speedo swimsuits. From ancient time man has looked to the stars to provide him with the answers concerning measuring time. The ability to measure time is what makes our way of life possible. Over 80 years of innovation along with overcoming the design challenges presented by market makes them who they are today.

  • 1928 Speedo® name is born in Sydney Australia.
  • 1929 Claes Arne Borg, a famous swimmer from Sweden, sets a new world record in Speedo's swimsuit called the Racer-back. Speedo soon becomes synonymous with performance swimsuits delivering winning edge to wearers to across the World.
  • 1992 Barcelona Olympics S2000 the world's first fast suit.
  • 1992 Barcelona Olympics Speedo introduced the S2000, the world's first fast swim suit. It created 15 percent less drag when compared to standard swimsuit fabric. 53 percent of all medals won were by swimmers racing in this performance swimsuit.
  • 1996 Atlanta Olympics 76 percent of swimming medals won were by racers swimming in Speedo's new Aquablade - an evolution of S2000. Aquablade performance swimsuit created 8 percent lower surface resistance once compared to its predecessor the S2000 fast suit.
  • 2000 Sydney Olympics thirteen out of fifteen World Records broken in the Fastskin. The innovative Fastskin swimsuit was born.
  • 2004 Athens Olympics 47 medals are won in Fastskin FSII. Michael Phelps, American athlete, makes history in revolutionary Fastskin FSII by becoming the first ever swimmer to win a total of eight Olympic medals.
  • 2007 Fastskin Pro FS is introduced and a total of twenty-one world records are broken.
  • 2008 Beijing Olympics Fastskin LZR Racer, the world's first fully bonded bodysuit, is launched and 92 percent of all of the Olympic medals are won by swimmers competing in this fast swimsuit.

The Speedo's history shows a track record of more than 80 years of performance, innovation, quality, as well as support. Also, it shows how a shared vision and the commitment to mutually beneficial outcomes can drive the improvements.



Jun 18, 2010 1:13pm
I've heard that Olympic competition has now banned fast-skin suits. Do you know if that's true?
Jun 20, 2010 9:48am
Fastskin swimsuits were fully approved by the Federation International de Natation Amateur (FINA) back in Nov. of 1999. :)
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