PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The US Olympic Rowing Team will be wearing state-of-the-art unisuits in Rio that were invented by a professor from Philadelphia University.
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The suits are nearly seamless and two-thirds the weight of traditional suits. They are made from a special skin-like material developed by textile engineer Mark Sunderland.
“The suit is also made with double layer construction in the bottom so no undergarments have to be worn,” he tells KYW Newsradio.READ MORE: Joel Embiid Scores 32, Leads 76ers To 109-98 Win In Miami
There’s also an anti-microbial finish to help protect athletes from contaminants in the water.
“I applied what was already out there, existing anti-microbial technology,” Sunderland explains. “What’s different about it is that I added it to a very innovative piece of apparel under very unique conditions.”MORE NEWS: Daniel Moore, Hero Pilot In Drexel Hill Medical Helicopter Crash, Released From Philadelphia Hospital
Philadelphia based apparel company Boathouse Sports is making the unisuits.