How Do Winter Olympics Athletes Train Without Snow?

Published 01/06/2022, 11:00 AM EST
ASPEN, COLORADO – MARCH 21: Shaun White of the United States takes a training run for the men’s snowboard halfpipe final during Day 4 the Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix World Cup at Buttermilk Ski Resort on March 21, 2021 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

As 2022 dawns upon us, the sporting season is all set to begin. High-profile sporting events are all set to start with the Australian Open in tennis only a week away now. Similarly, the 2022 Winter Olympics is a month away, with top-class athletes from around the world preparing to showcase their talents in Beijing. As the event draws closer to the opening ceremony, athletes find different ways to get into their best shape.

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Snowboarders like Chloe Kim, Mikaela Shiffrin, and Shaun White are some of the world-class talents to look out for. Moreover, unique training methods pave the way for athletes to be in their best shape, even without the snow. Russian snowboarder Evgeniya Shmidt tells us more about the same.

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A unique simulator for Winter Olympics athletes

As snow is hard to find during summers, a company named SkyTech Sport provided large equipment for athletes to train. Russian snowboarder Shmidt trains using this equipment as it is similar to the driving simulators in Formula One. The athlete stands on a snowboard that is connected to two railings on either side.

With a projector above her head, the athlete moves around the railings, according to the simulation track shown on the screen. Hence, this helps her to coordinate her body movements perfectly to the track shown on the projector.

Shmidt posts a lot of videos on her training technique on Instagram, showing how she can maneuver her way through different obstacles on the video screen. Hence, this approach helps the athletes to keep their training levels up during summer.

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SkyTech Sport simulators

They focused on giving the absolute perfect equipment for athletes to train in. With their motion platform technology, they give athletes the G-Force they experience on a winter slope. The machine knows each and every motion that an athlete does as its sensors work to perfection.

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Moreover, there are realistic tracks like the Sochi Russia Olympic Resort track, Pyeongchang South Korea Winter Olympics 2018 track, and the famous Beaver Creek track in Colorado that are available in the simulator. Prices range from $ 30,100 to the famous Olymp that costs $ 79,800.

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As modern-age technology provides athletes with different opportunities, times are changing. The Winter Olympics is all set to start with a bang as athletes prepare themselves for the challenges presented in Beijing. Who do you think will walk home with gold this February?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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