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SPEEDO Takes To The Ice

England-based swimwear brand SPEEDO® International Ltd. will make its Winter Olympics debut at the February games in Turin (Torino), Italy, when US sledding hopefuls compete wearing the company’s FASTSKIN® FSII Ice speed suit. The suit was designed to meet the needs of skeleton, bobsled and luge athletes, combining the Speedo Fastskin FSII swimsuit’s aerodynamic features with biomechanical engineering for a tight, second-skin fit and complete freedom of motion, the company reports. Several US Winter Olympic hopefuls helped develop and design the suit.

The ice suit’s fabric, which is scientifically modeled on sharkskin, reduces drag based on each sledding sport’s unique airflow direction. Its compression effect helps muscles return quickly to their original shape after contraction. Special Flexskin fabric in key suit locations allows athletes to push effectively during race starts.

The fit gives athletes a greater feel for their sleds and the track, and also eliminates nearly all of the fabric vibration, gapping and sagging often found in other speed suits. The design also helps reduce energy dissipation, allowing athletes’ bodies to recover quickly, according to the company.
Skeleton competitor Chris Soule models the SPEEDO® FASTSKIN® FSII Ice speed suit, which he and other US athletes helped design .
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