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Let's Take A Moment To Talk About The Men's Olympic Swimsuits

Remember 2004? It was a dark time. The full-body swimsuit was very fashionable for the world’s elite swimmers.

Remember 2004? It was a dark time. The full-body swimsuit was very fashionable for the world's elite swimmers.

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Swim meet after swim meet, those beautiful swimmers’ bodies were covered by that fancypants suit.

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And sure, it helped swimmers break a lot of records, but what about us, the extremely thirsty spectators?

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Thankfully, someone saw sense, and in 2010, FINA stepped in to ban suits. The new rules said men’s swimwear could only go from the waist to the knee.

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Covering up swimmers’ bodies is a crime against thirst.

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And they deserve a chance, once every four years, to show that off.

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And it’s important for us, as devoted swimming fans, to appreciate all the abs.

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And let’s not forget the backs.

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So to whoever made the decision to ban the full-body suit…

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Rob Stott is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

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