Competition Suits

Olympic Speed Suits

Synthetic polymer materials is what fabricates these suits. They are produced of fine-lined monomer particles. Scientists study what polymers to use and how to connect them together. These can be like spandex, which are lighweight, flexible skin suits. Polymers are described as a bundle of spaghetti: strong together. Wind resistance is especially taken into account in the creation of these suits. These surfaces have been formulated to have less drag than even a smooth surface by using a rubber surface. Drag is the main force that slows these high speed Olympic athletes. A tight, sleek fit is very important for speed events. A person's skin and hair can even slow these athletes down by the drag force that they produce. This is different for ski jumpers. They try to capture the air in their suits to make them stay in the air longer, as if they were a kite. These suits are very individual. They account for the shape of the body to force the air to go around them as they need. The problem with combining these materials in one suit is the thickness of the seams, which create un-needed air resistance and drag if too large. They will fuse these materials together to reduce this problem. Drag and air resistance are forces that act on almost every winter Olympic event.