Sochi 2014 Ensuring British sled measures up to the Olympic challenge

Editor: Eric Culp

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Making sure the aerodynamics are right.
Making sure the aerodynamics are right.
(Source: Hexagon Metrology)

Technicians who tended to the skeleton sled of Great Britain’s Kristan Bromley employed the Romer Absolute Arm measurement device to optimise the vehicle’s design and set-up for the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to supplier Hexagon Metrology.

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The company said it co-operated with the UK-based skeleton racing team Bromley Technologies, which used the arm and its integrated laser scanner to improve the sled’s performance for the racer. Bromley, a multiple British, European and world champion, earned a slot to compete for the British team in the skeleton event at this year’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Skeleton racing is a high-speed winter sliding sport where athletes ride a small sled, lying face down and head first. Racers regularly reach up to 145 km/h in the event.

According to Bromley, “The G forces are trying to push your head into the track, so you really need to feel that the sled is an extension of your body.”

He explained the device’s role in preparing the sled. “We place huge importance on analysis and simulation, and with Hexagon Metrology, we have found a partner that provides the perfect tool for measuring and digitising the sled. With the Romer Absolute Arm, we can scan a sled’s physical characteristics within minutes.”