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Speedo goggles worn by Craig Stevens

Date: 2003-2004
35 x 210 x 45 mm
Medium: Plastic, rubber
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Craig Stevens
Object Name: Goggles
Object No: 00040501

User Terms

    This pair of Speedo Swedish racing goggles feature metallic low profile lenses, a self assembly nosebridge and a latex head strap.

    SignificanceThese adjustable goggles were worn by Australian Olympian Craig Stevens at the 2004 Athens Olympics with the Speedo Fastskin FSII suit. They are an important example of the technological developments in swimwear accessories made by Speedo during the 2000s.
    HistoryGoggles have been used by swimmers since the mid 20th century. They were developed to protect the eyes from irritants found in pool or sea water, and also to increase the swimmer's vision underwater. Early designs caused safety concerns as they were often made of glass, which chipped easily and created splinters.

    Goggles with no gaskets are commonly known as Swedish goggles. They are generally sold in pieces, so that the swimmer can make them up to their specific requirements. Other goggle types have a hard rubber, foam or silicone gasket, which form a seal between the lens and the skin.

    Goggles and swimming caps formed part of Speedo's Aquablade range, produced to compliment the new technology incorporated into the swimsuit designs.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Speedo Swedish metallic goggles

    Web title: Speedo goggles worn by Craig Stevens

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