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October 22, 2020
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Olympics 2020: USA banking on tech to reprise 2016 Rio performance

It is exactly a year to the Olympics on Wednesday, and participating nations are busy with preparations adopting innovative techniques. The US, in particular, is banking on cutting-edge technology to continue with their dominance at the Olympics. With 46 gold medals and overall 121, the United States led the medals tally in Rio 2016.

Hence, to repeat their last edition’s performance, the US, in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is implementing breakthrough methods to train their athletes. Finbarr Kirwan, the vice-president for the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) divulged many details of their training regime while speaking to the media.

Rio medals tally (Image: Pac12)

“I think there was a realization coming out of Rio that we basically needed to up our game in the use of technology because other nations were getting the jump on us,” Kirwan said. For example, to the train track & field athletes, the US is using radar technology to help those in shot put, javelin, and Hammer for a better analysis of data on flight, release speed, and angle of release.

In order to acclimatize some of the Para athletes, they would be transported to Japan to practice in US military bases in Japan. It will give them a home-advantage kind of a lead while participating in the contest. Like these, there are other scientific techniques the US has incorporated while preparing for next year’s Japan Olympics. Only when a country goes to such length, glory comes in the form of medals.

Picture credits: Ticket News

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