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Ricky Berens Suffers Splitting Swimsuit Malfunction

U.S. swimmer Ricky Berens swimsuit tore open shortly before a race on Sunday at the FINA World Championships in Rome, but he swam anyway:

Berens2 "As Ricky Berens, scheduled to swim third for the U.S. morning swim squad, bent over on the pool deck for a drink of water moments before the race, his suit — a Jaked01 — split significantly in the back, exposing his rear end. There was no time to change the suit,  so U.S. anchor leg Cullen Jones urged Berens to forget the gaping hole and swim. Berens dived in and contested his third leg as scheduled, helping the U.S. team to a fourth-place finish in its heat in 3 minutes, 11.64 seconds — and securing a critical slot in the night’s final for Phelps and his teammates...Berens, the 2009 Big 12 Swimmer of the Year from Texas, was not available to comment on the suit problem. Jones, though, said tears were becoming increasingly common as swimmers sought the tightest-fitting suits possible for the greatest performance-enhancement. 'They’re all splitting,' Jones said. 'We’re all having problems. We want to get it as tight as possible as sprinters.'”

A photo of the wardrobe malfunction, AFTER THE JUMP...

A few weeks ago, a female Italian swimmer had the same issue a few weeks ago.

In related news, six records have already been broken at the championships.


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  1. Nice ass.

    Posted by: Dan | Jul 27, 2009 2:07:58 PM

  2. What an ass.


    Posted by: Billy | Jul 27, 2009 2:16:32 PM

  3. OMG WOW!

    I would've thought the split would have caused serious drag though, especially in such a *ahem* strategically poor place.

    Good God, that's a hot ass! Thank you Andy. My day is suddenly better.

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Jul 27, 2009 2:22:04 PM

  4. That is just plain HOT! Though it probably slowed him down physically and mentally.

    Posted by: Critifur | Jul 27, 2009 2:23:52 PM

  5. Let us cavort like the Greeks of old!

    [lowers voice] You know the ones I mean.

    Posted by: Hedonism bot | Jul 27, 2009 2:24:16 PM

  6. I wonder if the free crack flow helps with speed or steering.

    Posted by: henry | Jul 27, 2009 2:33:32 PM

  7. I vote to let them all just swim naked.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jul 27, 2009 2:41:40 PM

  8. "Berens dived in and contested his third leg as scheduled..."

    Ha ha! Third leg.

    Posted by: welah | Jul 27, 2009 2:41:57 PM

  9. I vote for naked!

    Posted by: Rad | Jul 27, 2009 2:51:23 PM

  10. What we need is video of the event. He shouldn't be the least bit embarrassed.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 27, 2009 2:54:52 PM

  11. "..tears were becoming increasingly common..."

    Is that "tears" as in they were crying because they were unhappy or "tears" as in they ripped a hole in their suits?

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jul 27, 2009 3:20:23 PM

  12. 1) Actually, this seems remarkably similar to some gear that's been seen at the San Francisco Folsom Fair:

    2) They reported the winning time was 3 minutes, 11.64 seconds But what the time at the split?

    3) Of course, the team didn't come in first. He was behind before he even entered the water.

    4) This is good news for other competitive swimmers. There is now another opening on the US team.


    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jul 27, 2009 3:37:14 PM

  13. All that and a great smile as well.

    Posted by: Hank | Jul 27, 2009 3:41:30 PM

  14. That ass deserves its well-fought taste of freedom.

    Posted by: Marco | Jul 27, 2009 4:11:14 PM

  15. how cute. ricky bare-ass, er, berrens took one for the team. good for him.

    Posted by: nic | Jul 27, 2009 4:55:16 PM

  16. @ GR8GUYCA: very witty

    Posted by: maineiacinla | Jul 27, 2009 4:58:40 PM

  17. it looks like one of's neoprene outfits, no? LOL

    Posted by: Sean R | Jul 27, 2009 5:00:16 PM

  18. The beginning of a whole new fetish ;)

    Posted by: Ray | Jul 27, 2009 6:44:50 PM

  19. These suits will be phased out in coming competitions. FINA has ruled them excessively performance enhancing. Back to the skimpy trunks of yore.

    Posted by: Vidal | Jul 27, 2009 7:23:52 PM

  20. Ah, the marvelous wonders of the male physique.

    Posted by: tom | Jul 27, 2009 9:17:54 PM

  21. Ricky followed this time-tested rule. Don't just shave your chest and pits. Be sure to get an ass wax in the event of a wardrobe malfunction.

    That swimsuit could have been designed by Marc Jacobs.

    In truth, there was no way that ass was going to stay bound up in that suit.

    Posted by: huh? | Jul 27, 2009 9:44:16 PM

  22. i can even find it sexy, is just to funny!!!!

    Posted by: art | Jul 27, 2009 9:55:52 PM

  23. This is just karmic punishment for retiring the classic Speedo suits. These record-busting suits are ridiculous.

    My stomach just turned at HUH's suggestion that a straight man should wax his ass, though!

    Posted by: MNT | Jul 27, 2009 11:41:21 PM

  24. Now THIS is a hot swimmer! Beats the hell outta that hideous Phelps.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jul 28, 2009 12:31:58 AM

  25. The team needs to make a poster out of this photo and sell it! It is HOT! The team could then donate the money they make to a charity of their choice!

    John Robert Holbrook/ Fashion Designer

    PS. You see a lot more SKIN on a regular beach!

    Posted by: J.R. Holbrook | Jul 28, 2009 8:22:09 PM

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