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Ronstan wetsuit worn by Jenny Armstrong

Date: c 2000
Dimensions:
Overall: 1275 x 370 x 15 mm, 0.9 kg
Medium: Rubber, nylon
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Wetsuit
Object No: 00030917
Place Manufactured:Prathet Thai

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    Description
    This Ronstan wetsuit was worn by New Zealander Jenny Armstrong when she won gold for Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympics sailing UGLY DUCLKLING with Belinda Stowell. The 'long john' style suit features grey and red panels, black trimming over seams and rough knee patches.
    SignificanceMade in Thailand, the wetsuit is representative of designs and textile technologies used in the garments worn by sailing competitions during the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
    HistoryWetsuits are used by surfers and divers for thermal insulation, as well as for protection against sun exposure, jelly fish, coral and other marine hazards. Different forms of open and closed neoprene are used in warm-water and cold-water suits, and they come in a variety of styles to accommodate the differing needs of the wearer.

    Wetsuits were developed in the 1950s, and were first made out of foam rubber neoprene that did not have any form of backing material. In order to stabilise the suits and stop them from easily tearing apart, a layer of nylon was applied to the inside of the neoprene. The more colourful suits of the 1970s were a result of the introduction of double-backed neoprene, where neoprene was set in between two protective outer layers. The external layer meant that designers were now able to incorporate decorative colours, logos and patterns into the suits.
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    Web title: Ronstan wetsuit worn by Jenny Armstrong

    Primary title: WETSUIT WORN BY JENNY ARMSTRONG DURING THE SYDNEY OLYMPIC GAMES SAILING COMPETITION

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    Maker: Ronstan

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