Team Norway working hard to catch up on aerodynamics
Norway's three best ski racers Lotte Smiseth Sejersted, Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal had a chance to test their racing suits in the NTNU's wind tunnel in Trondheim on Friday. Together with its clothing partner Phenix and the NTNU, the Norwegian Ski Association is in the process of testing the suits just in time before the season starts.
"Our goal is to try and be on par with the other nations in this area. Robert Reid has done a phenomenal job with this new project and we are convinced that the work will deliver results already during the coming winter. We are testing all elements, with the exception of helmets. We are looking for the most aerodynamic position, optimization of the racing suit materials and a few other things," commented Alpine Director Claus J. Ryste. "Other countries in Europe have been ahead of us in this area in the past."
"We have never before been as engaged in constructing and improving racing suits. This is a long-term project designed with the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014 in mind," said sport scientist Robert Reid from the Norwegian Ski Association, widely known as the best in his field in Norway.
The wind tunnel tests of Friday provided the racers immediate results about aerodynamics. The high tech results delivered included details concerning fit of the test suits and how this could be optimized. The differences between the different tuck positions could also be clearly analyzed. With wind speeds of up to 25m per second and simulated freezing temperatures the wind tunnel tests delivered facts that will be immediately implemented as the racing suits for next season will need to be finalized in the next few weeks.