How do Olympians use Technology to prepare for the Olympics?

February 28th, 2014

People might not see the immediate connection between technology and the Olympics, but in reality it takes a huge role in preparation with the Olympians. For the Olympians, years and months of training go into preparing for the Olympics. They practice constantly and are always looking for innovative ways to enhance their performance and one way to do this is through working with companies to make their outfits and equipment the best on the market. Here are some examples of Olympians training with technology:

  1. Figure Skaters use high tech sensors which record their movements into 3D images so they can calculate the exact time to begin or end their spin, not only does it enhance their ability of timing but also gives them measurements to give them high velocity or speed in their performance.
  2. When training for the Biathlon, Olympians use lasers attached to their guns to find their target with more ease because of how fast they are going before they stop to take their shots.
  3. Snowboarders are constantly working with different companies to create the most aerodynamic clothing to ensure they do not get weighed or slowed down. Under Armour recently created a jacket that would recycle body heat.
  4. Skiers had clothing created that was zipper-less! This made their clothing more lightweight and allowed less water to leak into their clothes.

There is an endless list of how Olympians train with technology, and why wouldn't they? They can see exactly how they preform and how to make it better, only making them a better athlete.

Do you know of another way Olympians use technology to train or preform? Let us know!




About the Author

Kayla Sigafoos-Wortley

Kayla Sigafoos-Wortley

Kayla Wortley is a Marketing Maven coming from the Beauty Industry. She is now the Marketing Specialist at IOGEAR in charge of Social Media and Marketing. With a diverse background of industries she is ready to take on the technology world!