Daily Planet Goes to Vancouver
A sling shot as a training tool? A GPS tracking device... for skis? See how leading-edge technology, engineering and training will impact the performance and presentation of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games with DAILY PLANET GOES TO VANCOUVER
, premiering Fri., Feb., 5 and Mon, Feb. 7 to Fri., Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
Now, in this a six-part exclusive behind-the-scenes theme week, DAILY PLANET gets unprecedented access to the engineers, scientists, coaches and trainers who are charged with making Canada's athletes the best they can be.
DAILY PLANET heads to Montreal to see how a new 3D virtual world is sharpening Canadian women's hockey goalie Kim St. Pierre's mind so her reaction time is as fast as a cat.
Designed by Gerard Lachapelle and his students at the University of Calgary for the Canadian alpine ski team, see how a specialized GPS system tracks skiers as they navigate their way down the slopes helps the skiers and coaches analyze and refine the choices the skiers are making from gate to gate, travelling 100km/h.
Speed skating is the fastest human-powered sport on the planet. But getting up to speed takes massive energy. When an athlete is trying to focus on race-winning form and technique, just getting up to speed can drain their energy. Now Canadian long track speed skaters can employ a secret training weapon to train: the Speed Cable. Developed by national team coach Robert Tremblay, it's like a sling shot for skaters that gets them up to speed and allows them to train at a record-setting pace.
At age 11, blind biathlete Robbie Weldon started losing her sight to a genetic disorder. Left with only peripheral vision, see how a specially designed laser rifle helps to make her a strong contender in the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.
Think you've got what it takes to compete? DAILY PLANET travels to London, U.K., where a team of trainers are working to get a British primary school teacher to qualify for the 2012 Summer Games. Eight months ago, she had virtually no athletic experience. Now she must master shooting, fencing, swimming, running and equestrian to compete in the pentathlon. This experiment is based on the idea that anyone with athletic ability can compete if they have the right coaching and training.