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“They Are Too Expensive”: Michael Phelps’ Coach Bob Bowman Sparks a Wildfire Debate Amongst Millennials About Tech Suits in Swimming

Published 12/29/2022, 10:30 AM EST

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Michael Phelps‘ coach Bob Bowman is one of the most reputed coaches in the swimming world. His status as the coach of a 28x Olympics winner has made Bowman a credible name in the sporting world. Likewise, people take his words and questions seriously, too. Recently, the veteran swimming coach raised a question that has sparked a long-overdue debate.

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Bob Bowman questioned the difference in the rules for the elite swimmers and the ones in college. Swimmers use Tech suits in pro competitions as they help in improving the speed in the water by reducing drag. However, college-level competitions do not allow the use of such suits. Pointing out this difference, Bowman asked his followers if the rules should be reconsidered.

Fans react to the question Bob Bowman raised


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Recently, Bob Bowman took to Twitter to bring notice of an issue prevailing in the swimming world. “Pro and elite club swimmers wear tech suits for every race they swim. Why then, is it so frowned upon for college swimmers to wear tech suits in dual meets? Shouldn’t we rethink this? Asking for a friend. 😈,” he tweeted.

This sparked a debate in the comment section. Answering the coach’s question, another user cited the budget as the major issue.


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He wrote, “It’s ridiculous that the tech suits are ever worn. They are too expensive. I’m masters swimmer an I’m priced out. Why not end underwater swimming. (15 meter rule) it’s not fun to watch underwater dolphin kicking.”


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Phelps’ coach explained how the teams can deal with budgeting issues. He counter-argued that it is not necessary to buy a new suit every year. Additionally, the teams can put the suits from the previous Championships to use too. He further added that the suits can last longer than what the companies make the consumers believe. Therefore, tech suits can be used in dual meets without affecting the budgets.


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While the fans debate about the usage of tech suits in the competition, what is your thoughts on the same matter? Let us know in the comments section below!



Aaradhana Singh

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Aaradhana Singh is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. The holder of a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aaradhana has previously worked as an editor/writer with Asiana Times for the better part of a year. A sports person at heart with a curious mind, Aaradhana is someone who is always up for fun and adventure.

Edited By: Abhishek Kumar