My name is Annick D'Auteuil. I work at the National Research Council of Canada and
I am a researcher in aerodynamics. Most important for the athletes is the
drag force, the invisible force that is stopping you to move faster forward. Here
in a wind tunnel, we just isolate purely the variable
related to the drag on your body so that's what we want to
provide to you at the end of the day: what is the best suit for you to be
faster. An important parameter when we try different suits is to maintain the
same position. It is impossible for us at the end of the day
to compare results if two parameters change at a time.
You're ready to rock? I'm ready!
And we can see on this graph all the results for
the different suits that we have tested
for long track speed skating. And clearly this curve is the best one.
That's our winner for the day, which showed the lowest drag.
We help them select the
best piece of equipment for their performance at the next Olympics and
also to play on their different body positions to have them the most optimized
to reduce the drag. When your arm is close to your torso, it is definitely
better because there's less air that is captured between your arm and your
torso. So when you're actually skating and you keep one of your arms tied to
your body and you just propulse yourself with one arm, it is better than when you
are swinging with both arms. I'm all excited to watch the Olympics and see
all the Canadian athletes performing at their best and I'm hoping that the
Canadians will rock the place.
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