London 2012: The Science Technology behind the Spectacle

The London 2012 Olympics Games will be the most tech-infused, mediated, global sporting event in history.  Outside the phenomenal sporting activities and performances that will be on display, some incredible advances in sports sciences, in the field of Kinesiology, will offer sport to the globe in a revolutionary way.

The technologies that will be used in the Olympics, from stadium development to training tools, are transforming the way we think about the human body, space, and movement.

From a purely sporting standpoint, sport science will be operative at almost every level of The Games. The issues abound.  One thing is clear – tech rules in sport, from gene doping to kinesthetic movement maximization via digital mapping of the body. Where the line between gold and last place can be tenths of a second, access to technology will be the difference between winning and losing for many athletes.

At the Olympics Games, we are seeing transformations in human evolution, and powerful expressions of human-technological integration.

Here then is a collection of recent articles on the sport science behind The Games. Read, watch, and marvel.

CultureLab: Olympics kicks off science events all around the UK
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2012/07/culturelabs-pick-of-olympics-culture.html

Fastest Olympic swimmers paddle like duck, kick like dolphin
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48233214/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Live Chat: Science at the Olympics
http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/07/live-chat-science-at-the-olympic.html

Sniffing Out The Science Behind Sports Doping
http://www.npr.org/2012/07/20/157113394/sniffing-out-the-science-behind-sports-doping

London becomes a laboratory for Olympic sports science
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48219185/ns/technology_and_science-science/

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