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A Look Back at 2018 Winter Olympics

February 9-February 25, 2018

PyeongChang, South Korea

Winter Games 2018

With the closing ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics approaching, let’s take a look at which countries fared the best and how the athletes were timed in the most popular events in PyeongChang.

Speed Skating 

In the team pursuit of gold for the speed skating event, Japan was the winner.  The Netherlands came in second winning the silver medal, while the United States beat out Canada to win the bronze.  

Timekeeping Operations for Speed Skating

During these last two weeks, there have been dreams realized and lost, however the one thing that has remained constant is OMEGA’s role, which is to keep the most accurate time possible down to the millisecond, to the benefit of each and every athlete.  To time the speed skating event, OMEGA began by firing an electric starting gun to start the race.  Once the trigger is pressed on the gun, a light flash is emitted, a sound is generated through speakers and a start pulse is transmitted to the timing device. As the blade of the competitor’s skate crosses the finish line, a photocell-beam located on the surface of the ice at the line captures this and the time is then projected onto scoreboards within the stadium. Should any disputes arise, the OMEGA Scan'O'Vision Myria photofinish camera records the action at the finish line at 10,000 digital images per second. Read more here http://www.thenewsmarket.com/global/trending/pyeongchang-2018/how-omega-times-speed-skating-events/s/1644cfab-e96e-4c76-b910-2c58f9417e13

Skiing

The dramatic alpine skiing competition definitely lived up to its edge-of-your-seat expectations. The event took some unexpected twists and turns as US superstar Lindsey Vonn lost her balance downhill and consequentially lost her chance to place for an Olympic medal.  The end result was then Switzerland's gaining two medal spots at Gold and Bronze with Michelle Gisin coming away with the gold and Wendy Holdener grabbing the bronze, and the American, Mikaela Shiffrin taking second place with the silver. 

Timekeeping Operations for Skiing

‘Snowgate’ is the term used for the starting gate at which Alpine skiers begin their run.  This timekeeping gate ensures that the running time is started when the “wand” is at precisely the same angle for every competitor. The skiers have a ten-second starting window, indicated by a series of beeps, and can begin up to five seconds before or five seconds after the official start time indicated on the start clock.  Infrared photocells are in place to record the intermediate times of the competitors as they progress through the race.  These photocells are also at the finish line to capture final times. Read more here http://www.thenewsmarket.com/global/trending/pyeongchang-2018/how-omega-times-the-alpine-skiing-events-at-pyeongchang-2018/s/fb7d3e82-da96-4a54-97c4-bcd629a3c9d8


Big Air Events

For the women’s Big Air, Anna Gasser from Austria won gold.  American, Jamie Anderson ended with silver, while New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott won the bronze.  Sadowski-Synnott is New Zealand’s second-ever Winter Olympics medal and its first since 1992.  For the men’s Big Air, USA’s Redmond Gerrard won the gold, Great Britain’s Billy Morgan, claimed silver, and Switzerland’s Michael Shaerer captured the bronze.

Timekeeping Operations for Big Air Events

The judges presiding over the Big Air competition are each equipped with a keypad which is linked to OMEGA’s Timing and Scoring Room that they use to indicate their score for each competitor. The recorded scores are then automatically transmitted to the scoreboards as well as to external media.  For the Big Air Events also, motion sensors are attached to the boots of the athletes, which captures competition-relevant information and statistics that can be instantly beamed live to viewers. Read more here http://www.thenewsmarket.com/global/trending/pyeongchang-2018/how-omega-times-the-big-air-events/s/1c9f31d8-83c7-4d78-8003-1e8eac7f2402