Published: Thu, January 25, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Locals named to Olympic ski cross team

Locals named to Olympic ski cross team

The team, led by three-time Youth Olympic Games gold medalist River Radamus, will represent the Davos, Switzerland, in six events from January 29-Feb. Equipped with tethered headsets for home use and mobile headsets for use on the road, athletes started training using the STRIVR training program to prepare for the Olympics years ago. Strivr claims some athletes have improved improve reaction time by 20% after training with its tech.

The team ended up licensing STRIVR software and building out a number of digital courses that the team would face at major events through the year leading up to the Olympics, helping it prepare for the location of the gates and shape of the turns. The Rigby High grad stands seventh in the World Cup standings for slopestyle, which made its Olympic debut in 2014 and includes a course with three jumps and three rails. The U.S. team took advantage of 2016 pit stop in South Korea during the World Cup to gather its footage, sending one of its coaches barreling down the Jeongseon course over and over again, armed with a 360-degree video camera. Since then, we have seen that the value of the work we do with STRIVR is confirmed in the feedback we have from our athletes and their coaches taking part in World Cup and Olympic events. "They feel that 360 video and VR increases both the confidence and performance of the athletes in events".

But Strivr's platform, which the NFL, NHL, and National Basketball Association also use, may provide the edge athletes and teams look for.

Another benefit, he explained, was that by implementing a few post-production tricks, the VR tool can account for varying weather and lighting, allowing the skiers to practice runs in the many different conditions they might actually encounter during competitions that can last hours. If an athlete was unable to ski or snowboard because of an injury or surgery, they were still able to train and visualize alongside their team by using STRIVR.

"Creating a film and inviting Team Visa athletes to be the stars and represent the Visa brand is our way of celebrating their inspiring stories and cheering them on throughout their journey, "said Lynne Biggar, chief marketing and communications officer at Visa".

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