SKI FEDERATION SPINS WEB CONTROL ON ITSY, BITSY SPYDER SUITS
Spyder's "cool" downhill suits, worn by ski racers
including Hilary Lindh and Picabo Street, have been
"declared illegal" by the Int'l Ski Federation (FIS),
according to Wina Sturgeon of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. The
"problem" is Spyder's high-tech fabric, called "Speedwyre,"
which is designed to provide superior aerodynamics. The FIS
says the suits are "unfair, since the technology isn't
available to everyone." Any racer using a Spyder suit at an
FIS event, including World Cup and Olympic competition, will
be disqualified. Sturgeon adds that critics of the ruling
"claim that competing manufacturers who don't have the
technology forced the FIS decision," and that racers who use
the Spyder suits "are peeved" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 10/9).