Ricky Berens Swimsuit Malfunction Captivates Nation

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Beijing Olympic gold medalist Ricky Berens made swimming history of a different sort Sunday as he ripped the back of his swimsuit during a qualifying heat of the 4x100m relay freestyle at the World Swimming Championships in Rome.

Shortly before stepping up to the starting block, the University of Texas senior leaned down to stretch. That was when Ricky Berens' swimsuit ripped ...

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Ricky Berens was alarmed, but undeterred by his swimsuit malfunction.

"I kind of freaked out for just a second," Berens said. "I felt like [the hole] was almost down to my knees. I felt like I was putting on a pretty good show."

He was. Better yet? The U.S. qualified for finals and won.

Top that, Michael Phelps.

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Very nice! :) that kind of thing should happen more often actually!!!


You would think that swimsuits such as those worn by Berens, which cost something like $700, would be well-built. Shows you that an expensive item doesn't always mean quality. SCORCH: I read on a newspaper that it was the female Italian swimmer and her coach's decision to bow out of the competition due to her defective swimsuit. So it wasn't like she was disqualified by the officials because her ass was hanging out. And hers happened several minutes before the race even started...and I believe with Berens, the malfunction occurred after the relay had already started (he was the 3rd leg to swim).


Oh, I wouldn't mind watching Phelps "top that."


Well, his last name DOES sound like "Bare Ends."


Okay, so he competed. The same thing happened to an Italian swimmer earlier this month and the reports say she was forced to sit out the competition. Why could he compete and not her?


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Poor guy! But he doesn't have a bad tush.


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