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Men's Speedo Fastskin FSII Hi-Neck Bodyskin

Date: 2003-2004
Overall: 1220 x 320 mm
Medium: Polyester, elastane, silicone
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Craig Stevens
Object Name: Swimsuit
Object No: 00040499

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    This Speedo Fastskin FSII training suit features panels of dark and light grey polyester elastane fabric with dense yellow flat locked seams. Worn by swimmer Craig Stevens during the Sydney trials for the 2004 Olympic Games, the Hi-Neck Bodyskin's design has zippers that run up the center of the back and along the legs. The suit also features gripper panels on the underside of the forearms and silicone vortex riblets on the chest, shoulders and back of the suit. The Fastskin fabric has been textured in a way that mimics the denticular pattern of a shark.

    SignificanceThis Fastskin FSII swimsuit is representative of the technological developments in elite swimwear in 2003 and 2004 that evolved from FSI costumes designed for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. This 100cm size suit was worn by Craig Stevens during the Sydney trials for the 2004 Olympic Games.
    HistoryThe Speedo Fastskin was first launched in 2000 at Homebush Bay in Sydney. The design was developed by a core research team which included scientists, swimmers, a swimming coach, a computer clothing company, a Japanese textile company, a bio mechanist and a shark expert, who found that the unique texture of a shark's skin allows it to move faster through the water.

    The Fastskin fabric mimics the rough dermal denticles of shark skin to reduce drag in key areas of the body. The polyester and elastane fabric compresses the body to stop skin vibration and muscle oscillation, with the effect of saving energy and further reducing drag.

    The suit aids in connecting muscles through a combination of panels and unique seaming. It follows an anatomic pattern where the seams act like tendons and provide tension in the suit, while the fabric panels act like muscles, stretching and returning to their original shape.

    The Fastskin FSII was launched in 2004 for the Athens Olympics. The new range featured male and female specific swimsuits, and stroke specific swimsuits. The FSII fabric contains a special material made from a titanium alloy, which is knitted into the costume, with a silicon crystalloid knitted into the chest and back. Seams have been engineered to follow the flow of the water, with greater stretch to allow freedom of movement.

    Seams are an essential element in minimising drag and optimising performance. As seams play a vital role in allowing fabric to be stretched to maximum tension, which gives complete freedom of movement, the number of stitches is very high.

    Craig Stevens (born 1980), who wore the Fastskin, was little known before he was propelled into the media spotlight in 2004 after Ian Thorpe toppled from the blocks at the start of the 400 meters freestyle event at the Australian Olympic swimming trials in Sydney. Having qualified second after Grant Hackett, Stevens was put under personal and media pressure to give up his place in the 400m freestyle at the Athens Olympics for fellow team member Thorpe, who was considered to be Australia's best gold medal chance in the event.

    Stevens did give up his spot to concentrate on his other Olympic qualifying events - the 1500m freestyle and 4 x 200m relay. Ian Thorpe went on to win the Olympic gold medal in the Men’s 400m freestyle final at Athens with Grant Hackett finishing second. Stevens won a silver Olympic medal as part of the Australian Men’s 4 x 200m relay team and also reached the final of the Men’s 1500m freestyle event.

    Additional Titles

    Web title: Men's Speedo Fastskin FSII Hi-Neck Bodyskin

    Assigned title: Speedo full body suit swimming costume

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