Nike's full-length bodysuits for the US track and field team competing at the London Olympics were made from 13 recycled plastic bottles per suit.
Nike has continuously evolved its Project Swift apparel with the goal of maximising athlete velocity. It incorporates over 1,000 hours of wind tunnel testing and insights from some of the fastest athletes in the world.
The design of the suits is claimed to be capable of shaving off 0.023 seconds over 100 metres from the previous race outfit. This a significant amount of time if you consider the difference between second and third place in the men's final in Beijing 2008 was 0.02 seconds.
The US came top of the medal table in athletics at London 2012, with 9 golds, 13 silver and 7 bronze. However, Usain Bolt wears Puma.
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