Virtual reality helping US Ski and snowboard team train for Olympics

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    Shogunposted 2 months ago

    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