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June 29, 2012

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Photo: American swimmers Lenny Krayzelburg and Amy Van Dyken wearing fastskin suits
American swimmers Lenny Krayzelburg and Amy Van Dyken wearing fastskin suits
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Speedo

Fastskin: A Design That Changed Swimming

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Speedo hired designer Fiona Fairhurst in 1997 and gave her a mandate: make swimmers go faster. She modeled a swimsuit after sharks’ skin, and it helped shatter records at the 2000 Olympics. She talks to Dick about how she came up with a simple idea that inspired suits that will be used at this summer’s games.

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