On August 7, 2008, Playboy.com launched a new pictorial featuring Playboy models wearing the most technologically advanced swimsuits, in celebration of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The new feature reveals a twelve-image slideshow of Speedo's official Olympic swimsuits over the past six games -- dating back to 1988 -- shot poolside at a fitness club in Chicago. The online images pay homage to the Olympic swimming competitions which run from August 9th through August 21st.
In the pictorial, the Speedo swimsuits are worn by Greenville, Michigan native Cassie Keller, 18, and Sharae Spears, 24, from Knoxville, Tennessee. Cassie is a Playboy "Special Editions" model who will be featured on the "College Girls" cover released on December 2nd and Sharae is the August 2008 Cyber Girl of the Month. The buoyant beauties wear the following swimwear: the Speedo Star Axcel (1988), Speedo S2000 (1992), Speedo Aquablade (1996), Fastskin Speedo (2000), Fastskin FSII (2004), and Speedo LZR Racer (2008).
This year's suit -- the Speedo LZR Racer -- which independent testing has shown to be the world's fastest, is the brand's most hydro-dynamically advanced swimsuit to date. The NASA-researched suit reduces drag while swimming and compresses the muscles to reduce fatigue. Since its February launch, 48 out of 50 world records set have been by swimmers wearing the LZR.