New, smarter tech gadgets boost performance of Chinese athletes at Beijing Winter Games

Chinese skeleton athlete Yan Wengang nears the end of a race February 11.Yan won the first ever Olympic bronze medal for the country in the sport. Photo: cnsphoto

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are not only a sporting event, but also a science and technology showcase. From upgraded sportswear to comfortable bedding, high-tech elements and smart robotics marked the Beijing Winter Olympics.

“Made in China” technologies are not only a powerful demonstration of the country’s independent innovation capabilities, but also provide a strong guarantee for the smooth running of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

On Friday, Chinese skeleton athlete Yan Wengang won the country’s first-ever Olympic bronze medal in the sliding sport. The country’s scientific and research efforts and the use of 3D technology were the smart technology that supported Yan’s victory.

The sport requires athletes to begin a 25-meter race start before laying on the vehicle and sliding down the track, and short-term “explosive speed” is key to competition success, as racing -up athletes will also increase the speed of their sled.

In order to improve strength, Chinese skeleton athletes’ shoes are made by Chinese sportswear brand Anta and designed with 3D printing technology to reduce wind resistance, Anta told the Global Times.

The drag reduction design is able to reduce wind resistance by 10% and track friction by 53.5%. The shoes are also installed with a 3D printed titanium alloy nail to increase strength. In addition, the Nitrogen technology at the bottom of the shoe improves resistance to low temperatures and high rebound capacity.

This pair of shoes, compared with major foreign brands, can increase the athlete’s performance by up to 0.054 seconds, an average increase of 0.023 seconds, the brand said.

As the Official Sportswear Supplier of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Anta has used its smart technology to outfit 12 national teams in events including short track speed skating, skeleton and curling.

Among them, the uniform design of the athletes of China’s short track speed skating team has reached the world’s top levels in lightness and ventilation, the company said.

Garments are made from Dyneema cut resistant material which is 15 times stronger than steel wire and 30% lighter than nylon and polyester. In other words, it cannot be cut with scissors.

A smart bed made by Keeson Technology photo: Courtesy of Keeson Technology

A smart bed made by Keeson Technology photo: Courtesy of Keeson Technology

Robotics and 3D printing

The company tailored the clothes according to each team member’s muscle lines using 3D printing technology, which can maximize the athlete’s power during competition. It has also been constantly tested in wind tunnels and its surface uses a special structure to deflect air to effectively reduce drag force by 10%.

Off the field of play, the smart technologies and robotics used in the three Olympic Villages have also gone viral and won praise from a global audience.

As athletes complained about cardboard beds at the Tokyo 2021 Summer Games, Beijing stepped up with adjustable, remote-controlled, zero-gravity smart beds. American athlete Summer Britcher featured the bed in a Tiktok video that garnered over 358,000 views in six days.

The smart bed can be adjusted to different angles to fit the athlete’s spine, and smart sensors in the mattress can provide massage and other services to athletes.

Keeson Technology Corporation Limited, an official appliance supplier for the three Olympic and Paralympic Villages in Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou, told the Global Times on Sunday that it has supplied more than 6,000 smart beds and memory foam mattresses, in especially their ZERO G smart bed which has been praised by athletes around the world.

As the world’s leading smart bed manufacturer, Keeson Technology owns the world’s first and also the largest smart bed manufacturing plant, with more than 8 million consumers in about 50 foreign countries and regions. In 2021, the number of patents filed by Keeson Technology reached 700.

Shortly after the opening of the Olympics, bed manufacturing saw its orders soar following its debut at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

“In the first week after the opening of the Games, the online purchase rate increased by 300% compared to the same period in previous years. Thanks to the promotions on the Internet, our brand awareness in the domestic and international market increased to 70% from 10%,” the company said.

In addition, the venues of the various pavilions are equipped with intelligent robots to provide cleaning and disinfection, guidance, logistics, cooking and translation services, winning praise from audiences around the world.

New technologies have always been one of the strengths of the Beijing Winter Olympics. Smart technologies are the embodiment of made in China, Chinese wisdom and Chinese science and technology, Liu Dingding, an independent analyst based in Beijing, told the Global Times on Sunday.

For companies, using their own technology to serve the Olympics is a good opportunity to gain brand prestige among a global audience, he said.

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