TIL that Nike created a pair of shoes that were so advanced, they were banned from the Olympics because they were considered as technological doping.The Alphaflys, or “the shoe that broke running”, as sports scientist Dr Ross Tuckercalled them, contain tech designed to deliver greater energy return

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  1. I think they had a carbon plate in them that acts like a spring. When it comes to distance running, even single digital advantages like 2 or 4% add up quickly.

    Same thing happened with the Speedo “shark suits” I’m swimming iirc.

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