The Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics are starting soon, with athletes from 92 countries participating in more than 102 events – and not surprisingly, technology plays a big role in how athletes now train.
US Ski and Snowboard teamed up with STRIVR, a company that specializes in immersive learning and virtual reality training, to help “use VR to enhance athlete prep for competitions,” including the Olympics.
It makes sense that VR is being utilized by sports coaches, especially for a sport like skiing. The ability to accurately recon a particular course – before they even practice prior to a race – is invaluable.
As noted by Jeremy Bailenson, co-founder of STRIVR and director of Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab:
“One of the rules of thumb I use for VR is that the technology is especially useful for teachable moments that are rare in the physical world. Getting mere minutes to prepare on the ski race course is the definition of rare. But with VR, the scarcity issue is greatly diminished. U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes are able to relive the exact course as many times as they want, in a VR simulation environment that to their brain responds to in a similar manner to real skiing.”
Image courtesy of US Ski and Snowboard
by Chad Thiele14 months ago
Have you tried any of the virtual reality (VR) goggles? If so, what do you think?
by Andrew Stewart5 years ago
Whatever happened to Virtual Reality as Entertainment for the future?In the early 1990's it seemed that Virtual Reality would be in every home as a way to escape your regular life. Is the technology an epic failure or...
by MountainManJake5 years ago
When will virtual reality be common?How far away do you think we are?
by Jason Benedict4 years ago
Now that the Oculus Rift has gone HD, is it time to push Virtual Reality gaming forward?
by Saira Sheikh5 years ago
Who is looking forward to the Olympics 2012 London?I am really excited but unfortunately not able to go there.
by yecall23 months ago
Do you think Virtual Reality is bound to make the youth even worse?
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.