Olympic History: 10 Things the Olympic Games Have Made Popular

Throughout Olympic history, technology has pushed boundaries before hitting the mainstream

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Olympic History: 10 Things the Olympic Games Have Made Popular

Olympic History – 10 Things the Olympic Games Have Made Popular: Nanotechnology

Olympics 4 Olympic History: 10 Things the Olympic Games Have Made PopularNanotechnology — manipulating tiny particles at the atomic or molecular scale — seemed like science fiction, but broke into the mainstream in a big way at the Olympic Games.

The 2008 Beijing Summer Games were nanotechnology’s big coming out party and Speedo’s LZR Racer bodysuit was the star. The fabric of this high-tech suit featured nanotech material that reduced drag, and was worn by nearly every gold medal swimmer in 2008, when 168 swimming world records were broken.

Nanotechnology was subsequently banned for swimsuits in future competitions, but the practical application of the technology was proven. The public saw the results on a wide scale, and nanotech is now used for everything from bedding sheets to golf clubs and cleaning products.


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