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A bodysuit is a leotard-like undergarment, sometimes used to provide support and shaping, sometimes simply as a top that cannot become untucked from one's trousers or skirt. It is usually skintight or formfitting. They can have long or short sleeves and be made like a tank top. Bodysuits are for both females and males. Unlike a leotard, a bodysuit also has snaps at the crotch. It is also called a snapsuit or a onesie. An image of Jules Léotard in the garment that bears his name A leotard is a skin-tight one-piece garment that covers the torso and body but leaves the legs free. ... A crotch can be any region or an object, where a trunk splits into two or more limbs. ... A onesie or onesize is a kind of T-shirt designed to conceal a diaper when worn. ...

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CNNSI.com - Olympic Sports - Technology vs. athleticism at heart of bodysuit debate - Sunday July 02, 2000 05:02 PM (1256 words)
Bodysuits have revolutionized the sport, with world records falling almost every week to swimmers who have found that the more skin they cover, the more quickly they get from one end of the pool to the other.
The resurrection of the bodysuit is not an overnight development.
Teen-ager Ian Thorpe wore a bodysuit while setting three world records at the Australian Olympic trials in May. Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands donned one while establishing five world marks.
The Bodysuit Problem (2721 words)
I was a witness of the presentation of the "Adidas" full bodysuit in Sheffield in December during the British winter nationals, and very aggressive "Speedo" presentation in Athens.
Among the manufacturers, it is agreed that full-length bodysuits will enhance performance, despite misgivings among the swimming population about their being fitted and of certain shapes.
If bodysuits, and their "high-tech" fabrics, have the obvious significant effect upon swimming performance, there should be a general improvement displayed by a swimming population when they are used in a competition.
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