The Swimsuit Contest

Usually when swimsuits create a stir, they're barely draping the likes of Tyra Banks. But the latest poolside controversy centers on a garment that can cover a swimmer from neck to ankle. The suits, made by Speedo, Nike, Adidas and Tyr, are believed to improve speed. That didn't stop USA Swimming, the sport's national governing body, from banning them last week from the U.S. Olympic trials in August. It was concerned that the 1,200 or so competitors did not have equal access to the suits.

Speedo's Fastskin suit mimics a shark's dermal denticles, V-shaped ridges that lessen drag by directing water...

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