How did the heck did we miss this one? When profiling the science behind synchronized swimming we covered everything from hair products to underwater speakers. But the technology making a buzz in the pool at Beijing is actually a set of underwater lights – get this – attached to the swimsuits.
Brett Zarda looks at the athletes, the water, and the technology
By Brett ZardaPosted 08.18.2008 at 12:30 pm 4 Comments
Every four years, we watch. We marvel at badminton and wonder about the modern decathlon. With more than 300 gold medals awarded across 37 disciplines, our lives are suddenly much less productive. To aid in your immersion, we continue with our daily edition of "know your Olympic sport," by answering some and posing some questions about the science of Michael Phelps (and swimming).
Think it's a sissy sport? Think again. A look at the arduous training, high-tech speakers and super-strong hair paste involved in keeping those swimmers peak
By Brett ZardaPosted 08.12.2008 at 5:39 pm 3 Comments
Every four years, we watch. We marvel at badminton and wonder about the modern decathlon. With more than 300 gold medals awarded across 37 disciplines, our lives are suddenly much less productive. To aid in your immersion, we continue with our daily edition of "know your Olympic sport," by diving into synchronized swimming.
Inside we'll explain what the sport has in common with the war on terror and why every swimmer worth her hair bun abides by the power of horse cartilage. Go ahead, check it out. Nobody is looking, and we won't tell.
Speedo's latest product is an MP3 player optimized for underwater listening
By Brett ZardaPosted 08.06.2008 at 1:12 pm 3 Comments
Who better to design technology for the pool then Speedo? Most underwater MP3 options consist of cases for an iPod, an awkward, uncomfortable, clunky device for enthusiasts wanting to spend hours in the pool. The Aquabeat, launched this summer ($150), is one the first MP3 players truly designed for underwater use. It even floats.
Snapping ankles and dancer-like toes are what makes Michael Phelps win
By Corey BinnsPosted 08.01.2008 at 12:55 pm 7 Comments
Despite its name, the dolphin kick—the motion that propels the swimmer forward underwater after he dives in and at the turns—isn't just about the legs. It requires a swimmer's entire body to crack like a whip, creating a fluid wave that starts at the chest and increases in amplitude as it travels all the way through the toes. In the best swimmers, this wave moves at about nine feet every second, about half the speed an actual dolphin performs the same motion. To move this quickly, whole-body flexibility is key.
An unorthodox, highly scientific training regimen made Andy Potts the top triathlete in the country
By Arianne CohenPosted 07.20.2008 at 5:28 pm 6 Comments
At the starting dock of the Olympic triathlon trials, the expression on Andy Potts’s face seems to say I will kill you with my eyes. As the starting gun fires, he plunges into the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and, in a burst of white foam, quickly pulls ahead of nine rivals. The second-ranked Hunter Kemper manages to hold pace with Potts for a few minutes, then drifts back into third place.
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Even we didnt guess it would be this good. When I wrote last month about Speedos latest swimsuit—an extremely high-tech full-body wonder—three world records had already been broken by LZR-clad swimmers. Coincidence? Maybe. But, after eight more records fell in the past month, the suit is causing some serious waves.
A top-of-the-line motion tracking technology may give British swimmers an edge come summer
By Brett ZardaPosted 03.04.2008 at 12:13 pm 0 Comments
British swimmers are known for their good form, and theyll enhance that reputation this summer as they train for the Beijing Olympics using novel motion tracking technology. Research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), in collaboration with UK Sport, will use water-resistant markers drawn on the swimmers bodies to provide real-time feedback to coaches and athletes. Unlike the spherical markers used in other motion tracking, the Brits markers are painted on to eliminate any effect they might have on drag.
The world's most advanced swimsuit shaves time so swimmers don't have to shave limbs
By Brett ZardaPosted 02.22.2008 at 3:38 pm 1 Comment
Shaving your legs just isnt enough to give swimmers an edge anymore. With a combination of computational fluid dynamics, aerospace engineering and a bit of help from NASA, Speedo has launched its latest swimsuit built to shatter records at the Olympic Games this summer in Beijing—or before.
Start with water. Add chlorine, sweat and urine. What you get may be a soup of nasty byproducts
By Dawn StoverPosted 02.21.2008 at 11:29 am 4 Comments
Do you smell chlorine when you swim in an indoor pool? Maybe it's not chlorine after all.
Researchers at Purdue University have identified "volatile disinfection byproducts" that can form when chlorine in pool water reacts with sweat and urine. When enough of these byproducts form, they can cause problems for breathing, skin and eyes.