Speedo International, the world’s leading swimwear brand, today unveiled its line-up of federation swim suits ahead of this year’s summer of sport. The black and gold silhouette of the Fastskin LZR Racer X and Fastskin LZR Racer 2 swimsuits have been updated with a new print design, created in consultation with athletes to make them feel ‘superhuman’ wearing it.
The special edition versions of suit will be worn by Speedo sponsored swimmers and swim teams from the USA, Australia, China, Spain, Japan, Canada and Israel. Athletes that will be wearing the suits when they step for their respective countries during the summer include the USA’s Missy Franklin, Nathan Adrian, Ryan Lochte, Jessica Hardy and Tyler Clary alongside Cameron McEvoy and Mack Horton from Australia, Mireia Belmonte from Spain, Sun Yang from China and Ryan Cochrane from Canada.
Inspired by the athlete’s superhuman capabilities, the Speedo Fastskin LZR Racer suits have been designed to create a powerful image with shading and contrast around muscle definition. For female swimmers, this is combined with a more feminine feel through a shaping aspect which is done through tones of colour to create shadows and highlights. The team designs also showcase bold colours taken from respective national colours to reflect patriotism. The overall effect is an even more striking and dramatic image for each team to create maximum impact on the blocks and in the water
Jamie Cornforth, Vice-President of Product and Marketing at Speedo International said;
“There is a significant psychological benefit for every athlete in feeling and looking fast, as well as actually being fast. The Speedo federation suits look so eye-catching, dynamic and powerful that our athletes will no doubt hit the blocks with confidence, empowering them to look, feel and perform their best.”
The Fastskin LZR Racer X suit, which is engineered to help swimmers feel their fastest was developed through the analysis of the physical and psychological aspects of competitive swimming with over 330 elite swimmers, including multiple world-record holder Ryan Lochte, and 20 swimming experts from 26 countries taking part in its development.
The LZR Racer X design combines four crucial performance components; compression, construction, sensitivity and support, which together create the psychologically important feeling of being fast, which can lead to an actual improvement in performance. This suit is a hybrid of increased core support and compression, which together gives athletes a better feel for the water.
Main Image: Left to right : Mack Horton (AUS), Siobhan-Marie O’Connor (GBR), Femke Heemskerk (NED), Ryan Cochrane (CAN), Olesya Vladykina (RUS), Ye Shiwen (CHN), Alia Atkinson (JAM), Sun Yang (CHN), Jessica Hardy (USA), Florent Manaudou (FRA), Cameron McEvoy (AUS), James Guy (GBR), Missy Franklin (USA), Tyler Clary (USA), Mireia Belmonte (ESP), Nathan Adrian (USA), Ryan Lochte (USA), Thiago Pereira (BRA), Elizabeth Beisel (USA), Jazz Carlin (GBR), Lauren Boyle (NZL), Sophie Pascoe (NZL), Stephanie Slater (GBR) and Conor Dwyer (USA).