STEM Innovation Meets Rowing at the Rio Olympics

STEM Innovation Meets Rowing at the Rio Olympics

Athletes around the world are prepping to head to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics.  It’s no surprise that everyone wants an edge on the competition, and thanks to engineering one rowing team will get it.

A Philadelphia University engineer is equipping the U.S. Olympic rowing team with innovative suits that are the first of their kind.  Performance apparel expert Mark Sunderland and textile engineer Robert J. Reichlin teamed up to develop the suit for the sumemr games in Brazil.

“The seamless construction and other innovations in the unisuit take it to another level of technology in performance wear,” said Sunderland.

The design boasts leading technology to ensure mobility, performance and protection.  It comes as part of a collection of rowing apparel, including sports bras and tights.

The incredibly light weight material is seamless and fits “like a second skin.”  The suit has ultra moisture-wicking capabilities, anti-microbial finish to protect athletes from contaminants in the water, and a double-layered bottom.

“There’s nothing else like this out there,” said Sunderland, “We are setting a new standard of excellence in rowing apparel.”

The continual development of performance apparel is more important than ever, with less than a second often separating gold medalists from the rest.

USRowing Chief Marketing Officer Beth Kohl said, “We’re excited to be part of this new direction in rowing gear and look forward to seeing our athletes in this new unisuit while training for the podium in Rio.”

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