Winter Olympics 2014

The Future is Gold

Olympic Innovations: Technology That’s Changing the 2014 Winter Olympics

Thanks to Cold-War-era bias (and some legitimate concerns), the groundbreaking athletic technology developed for the 2014 Sochi Games played second fiddle to alleged (OK, verifiable) corruption and safety issues. However, we want to give credit where credit is due. From aerodynamic bobsleds to virtual ski-runs to crazy X-Ray goggles, the technology on display in Sochi threatens to outshine the physical feats of our planet's greatest athletes.

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WHEN GEARS AND SPRINGS STILL DETERMINED GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE

A Brief History of Stopwatches at the Olympics

The use of stopwatches to time Olympic events began at the first Modern Games in 1896 and ended in the 1960s with the coming of electronic timekeeping. Touch pads were quicker than timers’ thumbs and electric eyes became more reliable than human eyes. But these workhorse timers that fit so nicely in hand deserve more than a passing note. We take a look back at some Olympic moments during the golden era of mechanical timekeeping.

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Cool games, hot watches

Face Value: OMEGA Olympic Special Editions, Old and New

OMEGA has long commemorated their connection to the Olympics by producing special edition pieces in honor of the games and their host city. Often serving as snapshots for a piece OMEGA's lineup at the time of the games, these Olympic editions incorporate special coloring, dial and case back designs -- and there have been plenty of great ones, including this year's.

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Insight from our man on the ground

Notes from the Sochi Games

I'm in Sochi this week, and guess what? I haven’t been blown up, my phone hasn’t been hacked, my hotel room is quite nice and the water from the taps isn’t brown. Instead I’ve seen some amazing athletes doing some amazing things on the ice and snow and had my preconceptions sincerely rattled.

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Ready, set, go

A Survey of Olympic Timekeeping Technologies

Olympic timing is serious business these days and nothing is left to watches that need winding: it’s all lasers and photocells and transponders. Every two years when an Olympic Games rolls around, OMEGA comes out with some new technology that improves timekeepers’ abilities to be more accurate and avoid controversies. Two years ago, we looked at the Summer Games in London. Now let's see what's happening in Sochi.

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New Event, New Controversy, New Excitement

Everything You Need to Know About the Olympic Slopestyle Course

Despite being created by a famous course designer, the Olympic Slopestyle course has drawn criticism from many competitors -- and a few have even been injured during practice runs. It's a dubious start for a brand new Olympic event for both skiers and snowboarders. What does the course look like, what's the event all about, and why is there already so much controversy? We break it down.

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To Russia We Fly

Kit: Capturing the Olympics

Packing for a trip to Russia for the Sochi Olympics is no small feat. There's weather, international travel, technology and a desire to stay light on our feet to consider. Gear needs to be tough, functional, lightweight and understated. Here's a sampling of what we're packing to use on a normal day in Sochi.

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Mittens, check. Shovel, check. Big balls, check and check

Breakdown: Volkswagen Polar Expedition Amarok

The Volkswagen Polar Expedition Amarok was specially built to promote the 2014 Winter Olympics by completing the trans-Russia Amarok Polar Expedition, a trip that can't be made by any ordinary vehicle. We're talking about 16,000 miles from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on the far southeastern Kamchatka peninsula across snowy Russian terrain, often in the complete absence of roads. We break down the snow beast.

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Be Safe and Have Fun

Defense Journal: Staying Safe in Sochi

You're going to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, and you're going to be fine. Still, you should always reduce risk. The following tips minimize your exposure to terrorist activity and will also offer protection against criminal elements during your stay.

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The Fantastic Freezing Five

Ode to the Winter Pentathlon

In the history of the Winter Games, the most spectacular, over-the-top event to take place was a one-off: the Winter Pentathlon at the 1948 Winter Games. There may never have been a more elitist combination of athletic feats grouped together at one time before that fateful winter, and there likely hasn't been since. A winter pentathlete in 1948 did the following in rapid succession: cross country skiing, shooting, downhill skiing, horse riding and...fencing. We love it. We long for it. We want it back.

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Speedier Skating

Breakdown: Under Armour Mach 39 Speedsuit

Speedskating -- not to mention its thrilling short track sibling -- is known less for its technical innovation and more for its excitement. Under Armour, partnered with Team USA and Lockheed Martin has set out to change all that. Come February 8th at 6:30 a.m. EST the USA men’s 5000m contenders will be the first to don the menacing and impressive Mach 39 Speedsuit in anger. We break down the high-tech super-skater suit.

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Because You Can't Bobsled 24/7

Last-Minute Guide to Sochi

When the Winter Olympics kick off on February 7th, we'll have a correspondent on the ground, leaving the rest of us at the GP HQ to wonder why we can't take a week off to watch sports, while the weather in Russia -- Russia! -- is warmer than New York City. We're not bitter. In fact, to keep him safe, entertained and entirely prepared we’ve put together a quick pocket guide to Sochi.

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