Technology Applications in the Canadian Winter Olympics

Hosting sports during Winter is not easy. Temperatures are usually quite low, and surfaces are slick and wet. For a successful sports event to happen, especially global games such as the Olympics, a country needs to have the right technology in place. Here are a few innovations that have enabled Canada to host the Winter Olympics.

All-Weather Torch

With the Winter Olympics coming to Calgary in 1988, the National Research Council in the country came up with the all-weather Olympic torch for the relay. The torch took the shape of Calgary’s Tower and had the Olympic motto, Faster, Higher, Stronger.

It was a light-weight design which used a special fuel to keep the torch burning in different weather conditions. The torch stayed on during the 88-day tour across Canada.

Lange Ski Boots

The traditional skiing boots, made of leather, were a bit uncomfortable, especially for amateur skiers. This is why Bob Lange got the inspiration to create a boot that was easier to use. He introduced the Lange Ski Boots in 1963, a first of its kind, made of fibreglass with lace closures.

He later improved them as per the advice of the National Ski Team in Canada making them ideal for races. The Lange boots were put on by five gold medal winners in the 1969 Winter Olympics.

Canadian’s Super Snowboards

As the country prepared for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Apex Composites created a new snowboard for the Canadian team. The boards were established under the Own the Podium program, whose aim was to help the team scoop as many gold medals as possible.

These snowboards are made of carbon-fibre composite plates which are set between the board and its bindings. According to the creators, the technology allowed snowboarders to make cleaner turns that were more in tune with the snow.