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