Category Archive: Olympics

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE WOODEN ICE HOCKEY STICK?

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Technology has had a profound impact on the sporting world and it is the reason for the sudden disappearance of the wooden ice hockey stick. Over the last decade, there have been large… Continue reading

Why do the Dutch skate so fast? Speed skating: a tale of culture, courage and innovation

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The speed skating events in the Olympics this weekend kicked off with a fully orange podium in the men’s 5k event. The woman’s 3k golden medal was also awarded to the Dutch. What… Continue reading

Olympic Success: it’s a numbers game

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So, there it is, 2012 is now 2013.  Olympic year is officially over, leaving emotional memories and a heavily worn box-set of BBC highlights.  In Singapore in 2005 after we won the Olympic… Continue reading

Gold Fever: predicting the number of medals for Team GB at London 2012. THE RESULT

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Way back in April, one of our articles predicted the number of medals that Team GB would win at London 2012.  It’s always tempting to quietly ignore the predictions one has made, and… Continue reading

Science Spat: Is the use of sport in technology cheating? Round 3.

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It appears that in this year’s Olympics, the issue of technology in sport is as big an issue as it’s ever been.  The ‘science spat’ below is the third of three letters and… Continue reading

Science Spat: Is the use of sport in technology cheating? Round 2.

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It appears that in this year’s Olympics, the issue of technology in sport is as big an issue as it’s ever been.  And with running suits appearing in athletics, it is bound to… Continue reading

Science Spat: Is the use of technology in sport cheating? Round 1.

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It appears that in this year’s Olympics, the issue of technology in sport is as big an issue as it’s ever been.  And with running suits appearing in athletics, it is bound to… Continue reading

Sprinting’s latest performance enhancer: Usain Bolt.

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The following article is a synopsis of “Material Advantage” which was published in Physics World in July 2012.  It can be found here. – When I went into the field of sports engineering,… Continue reading

Why are the Olympics important: 2

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One of our V&A questions recently was “why are the Olympics important?”  Here, Prof Steve Haake gives his personal take on the importance of the Olympics. Seven years ago, in 2005, one of… Continue reading

Why are the Olympics important?

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With only a few weeks to go until the opening ceremony of the Olympics the hot topic in our ‘Ask a Sports Engineer’ question box this week was about the Olympics and the… Continue reading