Speedo

The Speedo boomerang logo

Speedo is a swimsuit manufacturer that began on Bondi Beach near Sydney Australia. Speedo is currently the world's largest selling swimwear brand and manufactures products for both recreational and competitive swimming. Its trademark is a red boomerang-shaped logo.

History

The company was founded in 1914 by hosiery manufacturer Alexander MacRae as MacRae Knitting Mills in an effort to expand his company into swimwear. In 1928 the name Speedo was first adopted after the firm developed its racerback design of swimwear making it one of the first manufacturers to specifically produce athletic designs. The name was made up by a Captain Jim Parsons who won a company competition with the slogan "Speed on in your Speedos."

During World War II the manufacturer shifted nearly all of its production to war materials such as mosquito nets. Speedo resumed production after the war and became a publicly traded corporation in 1951. In 1955 Speedo introduced nylon into its fabric for competitive swimwear. The 1956 Olympics in Melbourne saw the widespread debut of the new fabric and the introduction of the style of men's briefs that has become associated with the brand. The company quickly expanded into the international arena from there until the present, boasting that 70 percent of swimming medals were won by athletes wearing its products in the Olympic Games of 1968, 1972, and 1976.

During the 1970's and 80's new fabrics such as lycra were incorporated into the company's swimwear design. During the late 1990's the company turned its attention to its aquablade and fastskin product lines of competitive swimwear. The designs employ new fabrics that the company claims will reduce resistance in the water by replicating biological skin characteristics of various marine animals such as sharks.

Male competitive swimsuit.

Though it still manufactures the traditional briefs and racerback designs that made the company famous, Speedo's latest competitive swimwear designs incorporate suits that provide greater coverage to the arms, legs, and even full body for their top end lineup. Their high-end suits often sell for in excess of $300 American for the Fastskin 2 series. The company also continues to manufacture recreational swimwear, goggles, earplugs, swim caps, towels, robes, sportswear and other logo clothing, watches, sandals, beach volleyball and triathlon products, lifeguard gear, and training supplies for competitive and recreational swimmers.

Popularity

Due to its apparent utilitarian value for both swimming and sunbathing, the bikini-type competitive swimsuits colloquially known as 'budgie smugglers' became popular among non-professional swimmers and beach-goers in many parts of the world. Men of all ages wear speedos at beaches and pools in Europe, Asia, and South America.

In the United States of America, however, the opposite trend has developed since the 1980s. While women's swimwear remains scanty, men's swimwear has evolved into boardshorts that are baggy and long enough to reach the knees, or below.

Analysts attribute this phenomenon to the unique and intriguing interplay of religion, conservatism and human sexuality in the US, as in an essayby Kevin Esser.

Athletes

Some athletes who have been sponsored by the Speedo brand include Greg Louganis, Janet Evans, Michael Phelps, Amanda Beard, Dawn Fraser, and Kosuke Kitajima.


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Some athletes who have been sponsored by the Speedo brand include Greg Louganis, Janet Evans, Michael Phelps, Amanda Beard, Dawn Fraser, and Kosuke Kitajima. Future roads will include:. Analysts attribute this phenomenon to the unique and intriguing interplay of religion, conservatism and human sexuality in the US, as in an essayby Kevin Esser. New roads in Horry County include (since 1999):. While women's swimwear remains scanty, men's swimwear has evolved into boardshorts that are baggy and long enough to reach the knees, or below. Most of these roads follow the Metro Loop Road Plan, organized in 1997 to better the traffic flow of Myrtle Beach. In the United States of America, however, the opposite trend has developed since the 1980s. Within the past ten years (and massive growth to the county's population), new roads have been put into place.

Men of all ages wear speedos at beaches and pools in Europe, Asia, and South America. Air Force base on the south side of town. Due to its apparent utilitarian value for both swimming and sunbathing, the bikini-type competitive swimsuits colloquially known as 'budgie smugglers' became popular among non-professional swimmers and beach-goers in many parts of the world. The Myrtle Beach area is served by the Myrtle Beach International Airport, located on the former U.S. The company also continues to manufacture recreational swimwear, goggles, earplugs, swim caps, towels, robes, sportswear and other logo clothing, watches, sandals, beach volleyball and triathlon products, lifeguard gear, and training supplies for competitive and recreational swimmers. Other attractions throughout the city and area are Alligator Adventure, Family Kingdom Amusement Park, Myrtle Waves, the Carolina Opry, House of Blues, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, Medieval Times, Ripley's Aquarium, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, 4D Theaters, and many more. Their high-end suits often sell for in excess of $300 American for the Fastskin 2 series. Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing are two other popular open-air atttractions filled with restaurants, retail stores, and entertainment.

Though it still manufactures the traditional briefs and racerback designs that made the company famous, Speedo's latest competitive swimwear designs incorporate suits that provide greater coverage to the arms, legs, and even full body for their top end lineup. At 1.5 million square feet (140,000 m²), the Coastal Grand is supposedly the largest mall in South Carolina. The designs employ new fabrics that the company claims will reduce resistance in the water by replicating biological skin characteristics of various marine animals such as sharks. Highway 17 bypass and Hwy 501. During the late 1990's the company turned its attention to its aquablade and fastskin product lines of competitive swimwear. One of the area's most recent retail malls is Coastal Grand Mall, which is located at the intersection of U.S. During the 1970's and 80's new fabrics such as lycra were incorporated into the company's swimwear design. There are two Tanger Outlet shopping malls, one located off of Hwy 501 and another near the intersection of Hwy 17 and the Veteran's Hwy 22.

The company quickly expanded into the international arena from there until the present, boasting that 70 percent of swimming medals were won by athletes wearing its products in the Olympic Games of 1968, 1972, and 1976. Myrtle Beach is filled with shopping malls, theaters, and many other attractions. The 1956 Olympics in Melbourne saw the widespread debut of the new fabric and the introduction of the style of men's briefs that has become associated with the brand. Highway 501 there is the Myrtle Beach Pavilion which is a major amusement park in the area that draws a great number of visitors and locals. In 1955 Speedo introduced nylon into its fabric for competitive swimwear. At the heart of downtown located right off of U.S. Speedo resumed production after the war and became a publicly traded corporation in 1951. Broadway at the Beach which is located on the north side of the city is known widely for its restaurants and all kinds of entertainment venues such as Ripley's Aquarium and NASCAR Speedpark.

During World War II the manufacturer shifted nearly all of its production to war materials such as mosquito nets. Myrtle Beach has over 120 golf courses on the "Grand Strand" and claims to have more miniature golf courses than anywhere else in the world. The name was made up by a Captain Jim Parsons who won a company competition with the slogan "Speed on in your Speedos.". The Carolina League's Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a class A farm franchise for the Atlanta Braves major league baseball club, plays its home games at Coastal Federal Field. In 1928 the name Speedo was first adopted after the firm developed its racerback design of swimwear making it one of the first manufacturers to specifically produce athletic designs. Coastal Carolina University, a 4-year co-educational institution of higher learning, is located 10 miles outside of town in Conway, South Carolina. The company was founded in 1914 by hosiery manufacturer Alexander MacRae as MacRae Knitting Mills in an effort to expand his company into swimwear. Horry Georgetown Technical College is a two-year technical school with locations in Myrtle Beach, on the fomer Air Force base, and in Conway.

. Horry County Schools are one of the top districts in the state with Myrtle Beach High School ranking the highest. Its trademark is a red boomerang-shaped logo. The television affiliates serving the area are listed below:. Speedo is currently the world's largest selling swimwear brand and manufactures products for both recreational and competitive swimming. A digital newspaper is being started, The Horry Weekly. Speedo is a swimsuit manufacturer that began on Bondi Beach near Sydney Australia. Myrtle Beach is served by one daily newspaper, The Sun News.

Out of the total population, 17.1% of those under the age of 18 and 6.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. 12.0% of the population and 7.6% of families are below the poverty line. The per capita income for the city is $23,214. Males have a median income of $26,039 versus $22,473 for females.

The median income for a household in the city is $35,498, and the median income for a family is $43,900. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 101.0 males. For every 100 females there are 103.0 males. The median age is 37 years.

In the city the population is spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.17 and the average family size is 2.79. 34.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. There are 10,413 households out of which 20.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% are married couples living together, 11.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 48.0% are non-families.

4.67% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. The racial makeup of the city is 81.16% White, 12.76% African American, 0.42% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 2.37% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. There are 14,658 housing units at an average density of 337.3/km² (873.5/mi²). The population density is 523.7/km² (1,356.3/mi²).

It has a metropolitan population of about 217,608 which is steadily rising. As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there are 22,759 people, 10,413 households, and 5,414 families residing in the city. The total area is 0.12% water. 43.5 km² (16.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 43.5 km² (16.8 mi²). It is situated mainly between the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on the west and the Atlantic Ocean (Long Bay) on the East. Myrtle Beach is located at 33°42'15" North, 78°52'32" West (33.704238, -78.875453)GR1. .

In fact, the area is so popular with tourists from West Virginia, many West Virginians jokingly refer to the area as the state's '56th county' or as the southern-most point of West Virginia. For this reason, the Myrtle Beach area attracts over 14 million visitors a year. Myrtle Beach is a major tourist destination along the South Atlantic seaboard of the United States, widely known for its wide beaches, large selection of challenging golf links, excellent seafood restaurants, and outlet-style shopping activities. Combining all three counties (Horry, Georgetown, and Brunswick, NC), the metro population is 346,548.

The metropolitan population is counted at 196,629 in 2000. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 22,759. Myrtle Beach is a city located in Horry County, South Carolina. It will eventually be Interstate 174.

31 into the city of North Myrtle Beach around Main Street. North Myrtle Beach Connector, connecting S.C. to the former Waccamaw Outlet Malls, forming a bypass around the congested US 501. Fantasy Harbour Interchange, connecting Harrelson Blvd.

It will eventually be the eastern terminus of Interstate 74. Route 31 (2005), a north-south bypass from Highway 9 in Little River to Surfside Beach, now in its third phase. S.C. 31 at the intersection of Carolina Forest Blvd.

Carolina Forest Interchange (2004), an interchange connecting Robert Grissom Parkway's northern terminus at S.C. US 501 Upgrade (2005), a widening and interchange project from US 17 to Tanger Outlet Center, providing a nonstop, no-stoplight trip for three miles (5 km). Grissom Parkway (2004), a connector from the airport to the Carolina Forest area, eventually turning into International Drive. Harrelson Boulevard (2003), a connector from US 17 to the Myrtle Beach International Airport (will eventually connect to Kings Highway).

It will eventually be the southern terminus of Interstate 73. Route 22 (2000), which is a bypass around Conway for anyone taking US 501 into North Myrtle Beach. S.C. WFXB Channel 43, FOX affiliate.

WHMC Channel 23, PBS member station. WWMB Channel 21, UPN affiliate. WPDE Channel 15, ABC affiliate. WBTW Channel 13, CBS affiliate.

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