I’ve been enjoying the coverage of the winter Olympics from Sochi this year, particularly the ‘Nordic’ events such as cross country skiing and biathlon. Watching the various biathlon events I’ve spotted a few of the competitors wearing a sports watche and since cross country skiiers are some fittest athletes I’d hoped to be able to see some of the data fields and see what was going on. Unfortunately the resolution wasn’t quite up showing everything, but maybe for Korea in 2018 we’ll be able to capture from 4k video instead.
First is Lukas Hoffer from Italy wearing a red Polar RC3 GPS. I think he’s showing local time in Italy given its about 18:25pm local time and Italy is 3 hours behind.
Slovenian Jakov Fak is sporting a Garmin 910XT, you can see he’s recording elapsed time, as his watch shows 39:23 and the graphic shows 2 (one minute) miss penalties for a total of 41:20.
Andrejs Rastorgujevs from Latvia is also using a Garmin 910XT. It looks like he is showing the time of day (18:22:58), which would match well with his starting time of 18:13:30.
The bronze medallist German Erik Lesser is wearing a blue Polar V800, and like Hoffer, his looks to be showing the time back home in Germany.
Finally for the Men’s Individual 20km, I caught Austria’s Simon Eder wearing a black Polar RC3 GPS. He missed a bronze medal by 3 seconds but this is one of the reasons I love these events; everyone collapses just beyond the line, completely exhausted.
For the women’s race, I only snapped Anastasiya Kuzmina sporting a nice white and orange Forerunner 620. It looks like she has HR at the top and elapsed time on row two. Not sure about the bottom field though.
I’d love to see some of the data from these events – cross country skiers often have some of the highest recorded VO2 max values of any athletes, and the key to accurate shooting is composure and a low heart rate; a difficult proposition after some hard skiing.