In preparation for this year’s 2012 Olympics, popular athletic brands are going above and beyond technology and innovation to provide our athletes with the most advanced footwear/clothes that is both functional and fashionable. After all, with the world at their fingertips as they line up at the starting line, the last thing Ryan Hall and Shalane Flanagan want to worry about it is what they’re wearing.
Just days ago, Nike revealed their exciting new line Olympic Track & Field athletic-wear, highlighting two significant pieces of the collection that are sure to “wow” the audience and improve the performance of the runner.
Their Pro TurboSpeed track suit, dubbed the fastest track uniform Nike has ever built. According to Nike, the suit is reportedly .023 seconds faster over 100 meters than the company’s previous uniform, according to wind tunnel data. It comes in a one-piece, full-body suit, a two-piece option and shorter styles for athletes in longer distances.
Don’t worry, all you “green” beings. No animals were harmed in the creation of these wonder uniforms. The suits are made with 82-percent recycled polyester fabric, which is made from recycled plastic bottles. The bottles are reduced to fine pellets, which are then made into a yarn that is spun into material. It takes an average of 13 bottles to create enough yarn for one uniform.
With the creators of these awesome suits claiming that they are “faster than skin,” questions of the legality of this athletic wear has come into play. Luckily, Nike Olympics innovation director Martin Lotti has refuted all these rumors, equating the invention of this suit as being the same as giving the runner a lighter shoe. It is meant to grant the runner a slight edge towards winning, but “the heavy work comes from the athlete.”
Speaking of shoes, we can’t RESIST getting overexcited about their new distance running shoes using Nike Flyknit technology, which is exactly what it sounds like. The shape and structure of the shoe’s upper is knitted by machine using a variety of yarns and fabric threads. There is zero waste and the shoe weighs only 5.6 ounces. It is also 19-percent lighter than the shoe worn by the gold, silver and bronze medalists in the men’s marathon at the 2011 World Championships. That’s crazy!
Nike has definitely outdone themselves in sticking to their long tradition of enhancing athletic performance through science, technology and the love of the sport. If you haven’t seen enough Fly-Knit promotion, check out the below video!
Can’t WAIT for the 2012 Olympics kick off! Which race are YOU most looking forward to seeing?