SSPC: Why is the Speedo Fastskin Based on Shark Skin?

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

Speedo International‘s Head of Research and Development (R&D), Rob Blenkinsopp, gets granular about Speedo tech.  It has been 20 years since Speedo released their FASTSKIN TECH, and, really, that development started back in 1992. Rob walks us through the years, explaining why and what Speedo cooks up in their R&D department.  Rob’s not thinking about 2021. He’s done that. The work is already over. His sights are set on 2024 to 2028, and Rob dreams of the suit Speedo will release in the distant future, 2040. Hopefully Rob will share more on that this spring ahead of SwimSwam’s endless coverage of Olympic Trials competitions all over the world.  Stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy the pod. Rob will be back!

Music: Otis McDonald


Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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