London 2012 Olympics: how technology is aiding Team GB. “After one session I became a lot more aerodynamic,” explained Lucy Hall, one of the domestiques aiming to help Helen Jenkins win gold in the women’s triathlon competition. “I worked on my shoulder position, got a lot more narrow. My shoulders were quite relaxed and I needed to teach my body how to bring my shoulders in without becoming tense.
"With the reviews from here, I have been successful, though. In terms of energy, you can gain 10 or 15 watts. Lewis and Jenson fuel up on Lucozade for the Malaysian Grand Prix. London 2012 Olympics: how technology is aiding Team GB. Faster, higher, stronger - with technology's help. Since the days of woollen shorts and cinder track, athletic performance has kept on improving.
As time goes by, there have simply been more and more people on the planet - so there are more exceptional athletes to choose from nutrition, medicine and training facilities have improved steadily, too. But in most sports it is technology that is making the biggest difference to how far, how high, or how fast people can go. At Loughborough University, they are designing power into pairs of sprinters spikes.
Using a process called 3D printing, the stiffness is built into the shoes. The spiked sole is laid down layer by layer. They are then matched to the athlete. Take cycling. Doubled distances Lighter, more aerodynamic javelins have nearly doubled the distances they can be thrown: there has been a 95 per cent improvement since 1936. Fibreglass and carbon fibre did the same for pole vault, with an 86 per cent improvement since 1918. Hot pants are British team's secret weapon in medal push. Great Britain's track cycling gold medal hope Victoria Pendleton.
Photo: Reuters Britain's track cycling team will unveil revolutionary battery-powered hot pants in London's Olympic velodrome following covert trials over 18 months designed to give the home nation a scientific advantage over their rivals. Olympics 2012: Video analysis software powers Team GB. VIDEO – Altitude training in the England gym. National Fitness Coach Paul Stridgeon explains SA altitude preparations Simulated altitude machines and spinning get England ready for Highveld England are now on the elevated eastern plateau of Johannesburg in South Africa to prepare for three games at altitude, starting with the match against the SA Barbarians South in Kimberley on Wednesday.
In a rare glimpse into England's training methods, RFU.com went into the gym with a video camera to find out from National Fitness Coach Paul Stridgeon exactly how England are preparing for the challenge. Olympic film highlights technology support for British athletes. Subscribe Shelly WoodsBAE Systems BAE Systems 12 January 2012.
Altitude training: Challenging conventional wisdom. VIDEO – Altitude training in the England gym. Olympic athletes use devices to improve performance. By Anne Ryman - Jul. 21, 2012 11:09 PM The Republic | azcentral.com Olympic records have been falling steadily for more than a century, largely because of improvements in physical fitness and training.
The London Games, however, are putting a new focus on another factor pushing Olympic achievement to new heights: better technology. Olympic technology More athletes in more sports are turning to high-tech devices, clothing, testing and research to gain an edge against the competition. In some cases, advances in a sport's basic equipment, such as a soccer ball, are elevating the performance of all competitors. The Summer Games, which begin with opening ceremonies Friday, will be a showcase of sorts for "sports engineering," as it is called. "There will be a great deal of new technology used in the upcoming Games," said Philippa Oldham, head of manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a London-based organization that recently published a report on trends in the field. Science Of The Summer Olympics: Engineering In Sports. "Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering In Sports,” the fourth and latest installment in the “Science of Sports” franchise, explores the science, engineering and technology that are helping athletes maximize their performance at the 2012 London Games.
Timing is everything, especially at the 2012 Summer Olympics where even a millisecond could mean the difference... Highly engineered safety helmets are an essential part of many olympians' athletic gear. How is Bradley Wiggins different from the average man? 25 July 2012Last updated at 21:13 ET By Keith Moore BBC News The final leg of Bradley Wiggins's Tour de France victory, through the streets of Paris, seemed a relatively gentle end to a gruelling 3,497km (2,172-mile) race.
Being able to ride that distance in three weeks, including punishing mountain climbs at altitudes that would leave most people gasping for air, is beyond the reach of all but the most highly trained endurance athletes. The two main physiological differences between an elite endurance athlete like Wiggins and the average person are a bigger heart - which allows more oxygen-rich blood to be pumped to the muscles - and the muscles' capability to use that oxygen, said Loughborough University's Dr Keith Tolfrey.
Both heart size and oxygen utilisation by muscles can be improved with training. The heart is made up of four chambers. Dr Tolfrey said endurance athletes like Wiggins are likely to have huge left ventricles. 'Tenacity and desire' The Science Behind the Bike.