When Sullivan demanded that polyurethane suits be banned? It was his sponsor, Speedo, that built the "Poly-'U'-word" into our suits in the first place. He was ultimately dismissing his own suit an subsequently he was branded a "suit-hater!"
Apparently he had no idea the consequences of his rhetoric:
Australian world record holder Eamon Sullivan has slammed FINA’s decision to go back to textile swimsuits, comparing it to asking Roger Federer to play tennis with a wooden racquet. [ I got so flamed for saying those same words - Tony!]
Sullivan, who set his 100m freestyle world record in a soon-to-be-illegal Speedo LZR at the says he has mixed views on the changes to come next year fearing times will become much slower.
“For me personally it’s a bit of sour grapes because some people don’t want the sport to get faster and its like telling Roger Federer to go back to a wooden racquet,”
[UPDATE] From Steve: "... The quote is inaccurate. The actual quote is "for me personally, I think there's a bit of, not sour grapes, but people are not wanting the sport to get faster..." You can watch the video here:
I predict the following, the next in line to suddenly turn into bona fide suit-lovers will be Libby Trickett, followed by Bob Bowman and Michael Phelps.
The consequences are becoming apparent: People are getting laid off, athlete contracts will be getting smaller, no more world record bonuses, swimming returns to the underground.