▷ Olympic Games: Why are some sports in thousandths, others in…

01.02.2022 – 12:23



When the Olympic Games start in Beijing on February 4, 2022, times in 15 disciplines in 7 sports have to be taken, speeds determined and lengths measured. The Swiss company is there for the 30th time OMEGA responsible. Even if this could theoretically measure up to a millionth of a second, the set of rules is specified by the individual sports associations. So it happens that in skeleton, for example, measurements are made to thousandths, but in bobsleighing it is measured to hundredths. And that also explains why there are on rare occasions double medals, like in 2018 in Pyeongchang when silver went to both the German and the South Korean four-man bobsleigh.

For particularly fast-paced disciplines such as speed skating, OMEGA uses a photo finish camera called Scan’O’Vision Myra, which shoots 10,000 images per second and thus creates the well-known finish photos.

But the Official Timekeeper, who first assumed this demanding post in 1932, offers much more in Beijing than just winning times and finish photos. Alain Zobrist, CEO of OMEGA Timing, explains: “At these Winter Games we provide a large amount of data, such as live speed during the run, acceleration or the full analysis of a jump. When you superimpose this information on the screen one can also understand exactly how and where a race was won or lost – and see the unique differences in each athlete’s performance.”

The innovations in timekeeping for the upcoming games include jump analysis for figure skating, false start detection for speed skating and an in-game display for ice hockey. Incidentally, to ensure that everything runs smoothly, OMEGA is bringing more than 300 official timekeepers and 200 tons of material.

For more information on Olympic timekeeping, see here.

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Hannah Kessler
Public Relations OMEGA
Phone: +49 6196 88777-1605
Email: [email protected]

Original content from: Omega, transmitted by news aktuell


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