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Metal elevated structure from which the swimmer dives into the pool to start a race.
starting block starting grip (backstroke) swimsuit cap swimming goggles platform

starting grip (backstroke) click to hear

Handle used at the start of the backstroke event; the swimmer places the hands on the handles and the feet against the wall to provide momentum.

swimsuit click to hear

Almost always stretchy, skintight clothing that is worn for swimming; the materials used are designed to provide optimum hydrodynamics.

cap click to hear

Headgear that reduces water resistance, keeps the swimmer’s hair in place and protects it against the effects of chlorine.

swimming goggles click to hear

Goggles that protect the eyes from irritating substances and provide good visibility in the water.

platform click to hear

Rigid board with a nonskid surface that is attached to the top of the starting block; the swimmer takes position and, at the starter’s signal, dives into the pool.