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Olympic swimming gold: The suit or the swimmer in the suit?

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Mark Spitz won seven gold medals wearing briefs. Michael Phelps won 14 gold medals in Athens and Beijing in a high‐tech all‐over bodysuit. In 2010 high‐technology swimsuits were banned from competition, as significantly improving performance. But do they really make a difference?Ray Stefani evaluates them, beginning with an evocative photo from the 1924 Olympics.

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