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04 Feb 2014
Sochi 2014 , IOC News

IOC President visits Omega’s Sochi Pavilion as company reprises role as official Olympic Timekeeper

IOC President Thomas Bach today took a closer look at some of the state-of-the timing technology provided at the Olympic Games by Worldwide Olympic Partner Omega during a tour of the Omega Pavilion in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Park.

Stephen Urquhart, President of Omega, said: “Omega is honoured to assume the role of Olympic Games Official Timekeeper for the 26th time since 1932, and we look forward to recording and displaying the results of the world’s most talented winter athletes.”

In Sochi, Omega will measure more than 650,000 times, distances and scores, using 230 tonnes of timekeeping, scoring and data-handling equipment, more than 70 kilometres of copper and fibre-optic cables and a 260-person staff made up of 15 nationalities and supported by 215 volunteers.

Omega will also introduce brand new timekeeping technology for the bobsleigh competitions. This innovation will make important in-run data available instantly to TV viewers around the world. The information will be gathered by the Omega Measurement Unit, which is mounted on each bob.

This innovative new device consists of a speed sensor, a 3D acceleration sensor and a 3D gyro-sensor, all of which acquire data in real time.

Omega timekeeping technology will also play a key role in the Olympic speed skating events, where results are determined to the nearest thousandth of a second by a photo-beam located on the surface of the ice at the finish line.

In cross-country skiing, meanwhile, timekeepers will use the Omega Universal Tracking System, based on GPS technology, to track the locations of the athletes throughout the race, allowing them to measure the distances between the skiers at any time.

In the Sochi 2014 Olympic Park, Omega’s Pavilion showcases the company’s campaigns, events and timing technology. The ground floor of the two-storey pavilion is open to the public, and visitors will be able to see demonstrations at the watchmaker’s table, view a 3D speed skating video, explore the interactive bobsleigh simulator and discover some of Omega’s most historical timepieces.

For more information:
IOC Media Guide


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