Monday, June 25, 2012

Vol. 2 No. 53 A Scientist's Comments on Lolo Jones

From Bill Blewett


On the subject of Lolo Jones: I saw the piece about her on the NBC Nightly News, and was awed by the magnitude of high-tech support she has received to prevent a repeat of 2008, i.e., hitting the ninth hurdle.  To me it seems simple, fatigue takes hold even in a race of only 100 meters, causing the stride to shorten late in the race.  The 10 cameras and real-time computer modeling is merely technology in search of an application, with the only real benefit being to market her sponsors' products.  She's on the team because of her talent, resolve, and assiduous training, not  because of high-tech gadgets.

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