Published at 1340 × 909 in Part one: The most dramatic sport equipment advancements

** FILE ** American Olympic medalists Amanda Beard, left, Natalie Coughlin, right, and Michael Phelps pose with in new, high technology Speedo LZR Racer swimsuits they will wear during the Beijing Summer Olympics this summer during a news conference introducing the suits in New York, in this Feb. 12, 2008 file photo. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, file)