The futuristic high-tech swimsuits that helped
athletes break records at the Beijing Olympics and 2009 FINA
Swimming World Championships now are a thing of the past.
USA Swimming officially banned the suits from
competition effective Oct. 1, and FINA has voted to ban them starting in
Both agencies say high-tech suits aid buoyancy and those worn in
future competitions must be made from more traditional materials
— natural or synthetic textiles as opposed to polyurethane.
U.S. high school and college athletes are also restricted from
wearing the high-tech suits.
Here is a list of FINA-approved suits.