Modern Marvels

Season 16 Episode 5

Winter Tech

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 11, 2010 on The History Channel
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Winter Tech
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From building cutting-edge competition venues to the latest sports science training, winter sports use more technology than ever.
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      • In the 1960 Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California, officials were unsure if a skier had missed a gate in the men's slalom. They asked a broadcaster if they could review the videotape and the "instant replay" was born.

      • The sport of "bobsled" got its name from the way early teams would bob their heads to gain more speed on straight portions of a run.

      • In 1985 Swedish ski jumper Jan Bokloev spread the tips of his skies into a "V" formation and found it improved his aerodynamics. While initially ridiculed, the technique proved successful and by 1992, all Olympic medalists had adopted it.

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      • Narrator: The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games are the ultimate showcase for peak performances on ice and snow. But the amazing athletes are only part of the story. The Games are also packed with the latest technology, cutting edge engineering and state of the art venues. The 2010 Winter Games are one of the most tech driven sporting events ever. Take a sneak peek into what the world will see when the torch is lit. It's Winter Tech, on Modern Marvels.

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