Last week I was visiting Oslo, Norway. I met up with Associate Professor Matthias Gilgien that is a member of our team. We discussed the plans for our project in snowboarding – it is such an exciting project!
Have you ever seen what snowboarders can do when they perform in freestyle competitions? The tricks they can do are incredible and their jumps are huge… and risky!
But don´t we all like a bit of a risk….?
Well, risky can be harmful. That’s why our team wants to prevent injuries in this kind of discipline, and commercialize the results. We are studying the trajectory of snowboarders during jumps, from the inrun to the landing, helping constructors to design safer jumps. We have to take into account different parameters, from snow/snowboard interaction to air friction, from take-off velocity to wind speed, but this challenges make the project even more exciting for us! We can’t wait to give our contribution to making snowboarders and fans enjoy spectacular jumps in safer conditions!
In September our US intern, Lars Hallstrom from Michigan, will join our case-team for snowboard and I am looking forward to welcoming him to Åre.
Picture below from the US Ski Teams site: