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Meet the wonderful, inexpensive shammy: an Olympic diving institution
(Matt Dunham/Associated Press)

Shammys are the lifeblood of the diving world.

EVERY diver has one. Tons of swimmers do too, but the little towels are more integral for diving than swimming.

What is a shammy? Why are they called shammys? Why do divers use them?

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