USA Bobsled and Skeleton Uses iPads To Optimize Runs In PyeongChang

In the Winter Olympics, bobsled and skeleton is arguably the game with the least margin for error.

People Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs gained the silver medal on Wednesday within the two-lady bobsled, simply seven hundredths of a second behind the gold medal German workforce.

In the 2018 Males’s Skeleton, lower than one second separated gold medalist Yung Sung-bin’s monitor document 50.02, and the perfect warmth of the main American, Matthew Antoine who topped out at 50.ninety one. Coming off a bronze medal in Sochi, Antoine completed in eleventh place.

In a sport with so little separating spots on the rostrum, each inch of the course issues. So USA Bobsled and Skelton turned to Apple to assist the group achieve an edge.

“iPads and Apple watches have helped put together our workforce for fulfillment on the Winter Olympics in a lot of methods,” Mike Kohn, a coach for USA Bobsled, wrote in an e-mail interview. “Crucial position they play is in offering visible suggestions to our athletes. We use an app referred to as Hudl Method and this app offers us the power to save lots of a number of video clips of runs and view them in sluggish movement, examine our sleds to different sleds and assist arrange the video for future reference.”

In addition to the purposes above, the workforce used 3D CAD fashions of the monitor to plan the optimum course in Pyeongchang. To do that on the iPad they use eDrawings, an app that permits them to control the view to greatest analyze a flip or straightaway.

“Having the contact display available to research the video instantly after a run is priceless for the coaches and athletes,” Kohn continued. “We additionally use our iPads to retailer info reminiscent of race protocol, the race draw, and some other paperwork that a coach or athlete may have to seek advice from on the monitor.”

For Kohn, all of it comes right down to comfort.

“Earlier than we used iPads it was extraordinarily troublesome to provide suggestions to an athlete strictly by way of verbal communication,” he wrote. “We additionally didn’t have the comfort and functionality of carrying a small flat iPad. We had video cameras and must wait till we acquired again to our lodge or the Olympic coaching middle to plug right into a monitor or a laptop computer pc to view coaching movie. Luckily, iPad and Apple Watch is aiding us with this we will do it proper there on the spot on the monitor.”