While the most prominent technologies impacting the Winter Games may be geared toward guaranteeing snow in the mountains above the balmy beach resort and detecting terrorist-planted bombs, there are dozens of lower-profile innovations at work in every athletic competition—better equipment, smarter training regimens and, in some cases, cooler-looking shoes.
You see, when national pride is at stake, innovators and Olympians pull out all the stops, looking for new ways to outperform the competition and, hopefully, shatter a few records on the way to the podium. We’re talking about race car-inspired bobsleds, 3-D motion sensors that help figure skaters master the triple Lutz, and top-secret aerodynamic uniforms that resemble superhero threads.
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