A model presents a goggle from the new Speedo brand swimsuits “Speedo FASTSKIN3” (both men and women) for the U.S. Olympic team during a news conference in New York. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

Athletes from the United States swim team model highly technical swimsuits during a news conference debuting Speedo’s new Fastskin 3 swimsuit in New York, Nov. 30, 2011. Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps is shown, fifth from right.

The bodysuit war that reduced the 2009 swimming world championships to farce and effectively turned the sport into a battle of technology could erupt again on Wednesday when Michael Phelps takes to the catwalk to launch a new outfit for next year’s London Olympics.

Phelps was bitterly opposed to the now-banned swimsuits that were used in Rome two years ago, refusing to wear them because he believed they aided buoyancy, but he is getting ready to promote a new space-age suit

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