When the Olympics begin next month in Brazil, the world’s athletes will be going for gold … and latex.
After distributing 100,000 condoms to competitors in Sochi in 2014, the IOC will hand out 450,000 condoms (including 100,000 female condoms) along with 175,000 packs of lube to the 10,500 athletes who plan to compete during the 17-day event.
Not wanting to be completely left out of the action, prophylactics purveyor SKYN has created a tracksuit for long jump athletes that's made from the same “feel everything” material the company uses for its condoms.
Designed to minimize body limitation and give jumpers extra airtime, the one-of-a-kind concept suit features dragonfly-inspired flaps that open during jumps and “create an upward lift that could help long jumpers stay in the air just a little bit longer.”
Sadly, despite its potential Zika-fighting capabilities, it doesn’t sound like the plastic skinsuit will be making it down to Rio for the Games.
However, suit designer Pauline Van Dongen did say that “experiments like this can point the way to the future,” so there’s a chance SKYN apparel will be ready for use for upcoming edition's of the Games ... or any garden-variety rubber match, really.