Where are the Speedos at the Olympics?
If you are a certain age, you remember when Speedos (and I mean the brand Speedo) was everywhere at the Olympics. Swimmers always wore them on the starting block. Water Polo players wore two of them at once. Divers always left the board in the small tight swimwear. It was what inspired me to get my first “Speedo.” It was during an Olympic year that I got my very first pair.
I want to say it was the 90’s/early 2000’s that the swimmers moved away from the Speedo to the body suits and finally the jammers. Granted I love the jammers, as so many know I”m a fan of spandex in may forms and shapes. It’s just not the same seeing the guys lined up on the block all in speedos. Plus, the swimming usually had more air time than any other sport that guys wore speedos.
So where can you find the speedos? The first place that is getting more air time is Diving. Divers have never given up the speedo for any other style of swimwear. If you were just watching the Tokyo Games you saw Tom Daley and his diving partner Matty Lee snag the gold for Synchronized Diving. The Speedos they wear (not all are official speedo brands some are Arena and more) are more competition cut, meaning they are a bigger cut. And really all the swim briefs are that size, sorry guys no skimpy gear.
The other place you see Speedos is in Water Polo, but you don’t really see the guys out of the water that much. And I have yet to learn the rules of Water Polo. It’s a super hard sport, Try playing a game and having to tread water for an hour and see how you feel.
Do you guys miss the Speedos? Should Swimmers bring it back? Share your thoughts.