FIS Testing Ski Racing Air Bag System

Svindal, Guay, collecting data


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An Italian manufacturer is collecting data for an air bag system that could help protect ski racers in high-speed crashes. The company, Dainese, has installed chips to track speed, acceleration, angular rotation, and other data in the back protectors of World Cup racers including Aksel Lund Svindal and Erik Guay, who will wear them in a race at Saslong this weekend. While Dainese already manufactures a version of the airbag for motorcycle racing, they say developing a similar system for skiers will be more complicated because of difficulties in modeling the precise moment of a fall. Still, the company believes it can develop a working unit in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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