Olympic Glory

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Great Timing

Omega has been the driving force behind many technological developments in sports timekeeping and has an intimate knowledge of how the current equipment works, says Christophe Berthaud, Omega’s Olympic Manager in an e-mail interview with Watch World

Could you please take us through the key milestones in timekeeping for the Olympics 응답하라 1988 10화 다운로드?
Omega first served as Official Timekeeper for the Olympics in 1932 and in the 76 years since there have been a number of milestones. Some of the more conspicuous have been the cellular photoelectric eye which was first used at the St Ahn Cheol-so v3 lite download. Moritz 1948 Winter Olympic Games and the first photofinish camera which was introduced the same year at the London 1948 Olympic Games. The Photosprint system in 1952 allowed the printing out of results on a roll of paper – we would take something like this for granted now but to put its importance in perspective, it led to Omega being awarded the ‘Croix du Mérite Olympique’ (IOC Cross of Merit) for service to sport 비메오 동영상 다운로드.
Automatic touchpads in swimming pools made their debut in 1968, and pressure-sensitive false start detectors used in athletics and swimming were introduced in 1984 sun is not. In 1992,the Omega Scan ‘O’Vision provided instant photo images. In 1996, GPS was used at the Olympic regattas. Since 2000, “live timing” has allowed race results to be posted on the Internet within seconds 파워디렉터 타이틀 다운로드.
While these are only a selection of the timekeeping milestones we have introduced over the years, the pattern of development is clear: the improvement in timing technology is ongoing and Omega continues to develop equipment and processes that serve the IOC and the greatest sportsmen and women from around the world Lucifer Season 3.

How does it benefit Omega to associate with the Olympics’ timekeeping?
Our relationship with the Olympic Movement is mutually beneficial to us and to the IOC 레거시 오디오 드라이버 다운로드. Obviously, there’s great benefit to Omega: there’s no better or more visible platform in the world of sport than the Olympic Games and our partnership with them enhances our prestige while confirming our position as the leading sports timekeeping organisation in the world silverlight video.

How do you keep pace with the increasing requirements of technology to measure time in the current context?
Our research and development specialists are involved in constant dialogue with the governing federations of every sport and with the athletes 아이폰 페이스북 동영상 다운로드. So we are keenly aware of how they feel and how their needs can best be met. Because we have been the driving force behind so many of the technological developments in sports timekeeping for decades, we have an intimate knowledge of how the current equipment works and of the systems from which it has evolved KutiTV.

Could you please take us through the new products you have planned for the forthcoming Summer Games in Beijing?
At every Olympic Games, Omega introduces new timekeeping technology or refinements and new generations of existing equipment. Beijing 2008 will be no exception. The newest generation of our photofinish camera – the Scan‘O’Vision Star – records more than 2000 images per second so there is a level of accuracy and precision absolutely unprecedented in sports timekeeping history.

Are there any major differences in developing timekeeping devices for the winter and the summer Olympics?
Not really. Obviously there are specific requirements for certain sports but the technology and philosophy behind the development are similar and so there’s considerable overlap in the devices for timing summer and winter sports.

What’s the most demanding sport in the Olympics as far as timekeeping is concerned?
All the sports provide their own challenges but athletics requires an incredible amount of manpower and equipment – we measure a number of different events and are not only recording times but also distances. It keeps our hands full!

Which is your favourite discipline in the Olympics and why?
I’ll offer you a diplomatic answer: the great thing about the Olympic Games is that it’s not necessary to choose one favourite discipline. The very same thing that will make the Beijing 2008 Games such a challenge for Omega as Official Timekeeper – 28 world championships taking place at the same time – also means that for sports fans, there’s something for everyone. It’s hard to compare the speed, duration and head-tohead competition of Olympic basketball with the 100-metre sprint which is over in ten seconds. Keeping in mind the fact that the Olympic competitors are the best in the world means that even a sport that is not normally a personal favourite can become a thrilling, compelling contest.