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iCandy: Sports Tech

Systems for safety and tuning players’ technique

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iCandy: Sports Tech
Photo: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Photo: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
Austrian ski jumper Andreas Kofler is shown flying into a 105-kilometer-per-hour headwind in an effort to improve his technique. The conditions Kofler will face on the slopes at the Winter Olympics this month were re-created indoors at the Rail Tec Arsenal Climatic Wind Tunnel complex in Vienna. The facility is normally used to test how vehicles stand up to snow, ice, wind, and hot summer sun. It can simulate conditions from –45 °C to 60 °C, humidity up to 98 percent, and wind speeds up to 300 km/h.

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