U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones dons a selection of what appear to be white ping pong balls as she sprints and leaps her way down the 100-meter track. By day's end, a computer will inform her what she is doing right and where she can improve.
Welcome to Mathletics, the 21st century approach to running a faster race.
With the help of Red Bull Project X, Jones is learning how to better her chances of winning a medal in London by taking performance science to an Olympic level it has never quite reached before.
From Optojump LEDs to Phantom Flex Video, Jones is learning precisely how—from where to position her right hand at one second into her race or what part of her foot to jump off of at seven seconds. Jones and coach Dennis Shaver are hoping that the team at Red Bull, led by chief scientist, Richard Kirby and functional sport expert Vern Gambetta, will come up with technological a...
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