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British Cycling technology could help GB to gold at Winter Olympics

GB team on the last lap of the team pursuit at the London 2016 World Track Championships
Joe Robinson
12 Feb 2018

Custom skinsuits used on the track attributed to Team GB's surprising skeleton times

Technology that helped British Cycling towards 57 gold medals at the past three Olympic and Paralympic games could be behind any potential surprise success of Team GB at the ongoing Winter Olympics.

In a report by The Guardian, it was revealed that the Team GB skeleton team would be wearing custom skinsuits at the games made by British company TotalSlim and the English Institute of Sport, the same pairing that helped develop skinsuits for British track riders over the last decade.

This was revealed after surprisingly fast times were posted by GB athletes in practice.

Dom Parsons set the quickest time in the men's practice with Laura Deas and defending champion Lizzie Yarnold going first and second quickest in the women's practice.

This is such a surprise as none of these three athletes are ranked within the top six of their events for the recent season.

Like the cyclists of past summer Olympics, the competing trio underwent a 3D laser scan to ensure a perfectly custom fit on the skinsuit which provides a turbulence effect that counteracts the effect of wind resistance.

It is believed that these skinsuits can be a second quicker than their regular rivals which is a huge difference in sports that rely so heavily on aerodynamics such as cycling and skeleton.

To put that saving into perspective, one second was the difference between Bradley Wiggins taking his fifth gold medal in the team pursuit at Rio 2016.

It was also the difference between Lizzie Yarnold taking gold in the women's skeleton four years ago in Sochi.

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