With just less than a day to the London 2012 Olympics, what exactly has caused the swimming star to become unhappy? The latest swim cap design for the American didn’t leave him with a good impression. After seeing the design of the swim cap he will be putting on this Olympics, the swimming sensation was rather disappointed. The design this year has a significant difference compared to that of the past three Olympics since Sydney 2000.

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The picture above shows the swim cap that Michael Phelps will be wearing for the London Olympics 2012. As mentioned, it is significantly different compared to the past three Olympics. Here are some pictures of the swim cap in those Olympics.

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As you can see, the previous swim caps had the nation’s flag and his name printed on both sides. On the left side, the flag is forward facing and the right side shows the flag backward facing. This “mirrored” design ensured that the side with the stars of the flag, was always surging in the same direction with the swimmer, when on the television side of the pool. Unfortunately, this would not be the case due to the strict international swimming rules implemented this year. The new implementation only allows the swim cap to bear the flag on just one side.

This didn’t sit too well with Phelps. Along with the photo, he wrote this in one of his tweets: “Front and back of our caps We used to be able to have front and back side with flags but for some reason there are rules that tell us we cant do that anymore? Smh gotta love an organizing committee telling us we can’t do that anymore.” It was actually FINA that made the decision for the swim caps to be one sided and not the London committee. However, it doesn’t really make a huge difference even if the London committee were the ones who decided on it because the outcome will eventually still be the same: A cap without symmetry or history. This could very well be the reason that the swim champion is unhappy. For more on the story, click here.

Although it may be a minor change in the eyes of FINA, athletes representing their respective countries might not feel the same way. Will this affect Michael Phelps performance in the upcoming Olympics? Hopefully not! But only time will tell. If you are looking for swimming lessons in Singapore, visit Happy Fish Swim School’s website at http://www.swimminglessons.com.sg/ today!