Two sides of the Sochi Olympics coin today. Down below, an infographic arching an eyebrow at some of the more baffling stories coming out of the Olympic Village, including security shower cams, thousands of stray but affable dogs wandering the streets, disturbingly yellow tap water and the formal admonishment presented to any athletes tempted to fish in either of the twin toilets at their disposal.
In a more erudite vein, there is a considerable amount of advanced engineering that goes in to powering Olympic winners. E&T News has previously reported on Team GB’s bobsleigh preparations in the BAE wind tunnel, whereby the four-man team spent time in the wind tunnel facilities at the BAE Systems jet-building facility in Warton, Lancashire, as part of their preparations.
We also looked at how engineers have been drafted in to give speedskaters the decisive edge at the Winter Olympics this year, with aerospace technicians, kinetic engineers and even eye surgeons having been commissioned to work on a top-secret “arms race” since the 2010 Vancouver Games, with the sport’s super powers trying to emulate the successful “marginal gains” philosophy of British track cycling, which has seen them dominate the sport in recent Olympics.
Today, we reported on how 3D design software has helped engineers shave the final crucial milliseconds separating victory and defeat off the US bobsled team’s times. Geoff Bodine and Bob Cuneo, the designers of the four-man bobsled Night Train 2 that is competing at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, have hailed Dassault Systèmes’ SolidWorks application as instrumental in their efforts to improve on their Night Train design, used by the US team to win an Olympic gold medal in 2010 for the first time in 62 years.
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