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August 13, 2008 4:06 PM

Goggle incident -- pilot error, says Speedo

Posted by Ron Judd


That look of disgust on the face of uber-swimmer Michael Phelps must have been directed at himself. Because Speedo goggles were not to blame for filling with water, blinding the swimmer and nearly sinking his chances for eight Olympic gold medals in Beijing, a Speedo spokeswoman tells Advertising Age.

We quote:

The spokeswoman said Mr. Phelps uses a different pair of goggles for every race, and it was possible he hadn't tightened them properly.

Gold medalist "Dara Torres is still wearing the same pair of Speedo goggles from 15 years ago," she said. "So they are not often faulty."

Well, there you go. Pilot error. Rookie mistake. It's not like the guy does this for a living or anything.

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