Temporarily slowed down by the Covid-19 restrictions teams were finally able to continue their usual training over the summer. With increased training activity, demand for our products has increased too: initially, both the French and Finnish national teams bought only a handful of sensors. Soon coaches were "fighting" for sensors and they all wanted to improve their training with our objective data. They ordered more sensors and athlete profiles and are currently measuring almost daily. We are incredibly proud of this high demand among coaches.
In September and October we were able to expand and strengthen our key partnerships:
- Finland: KIHU and Vuokatti Olympic Training Centre use our products to support Finland's best athletes in cross-country skiing, biathlon, and alpine skiing. The number of sensors and athletes was doubled in September, along with extending our multi-year partnership agreement. The race analysis feature for cross-country skiing and biathlon, for example, was developed together with them.
- France: We extended our partnership with the "Département Sportif et Scientifique de la Fédération France de Ski" to all Winter sports and are currently developing the ski jumping peformance analysis with them.
- Team BSV IBEX: Our key team for cross-country skiing. The most innovative team of the Visma Ski Classics race series. Team Coach Markus Walser uses our system to perfect skiing technique for each athlete. With our system, for each athlete he can find the most efficient skiing technique, track progress over time, and ensure that performance is constantly improving. The team has been featured in multiple local and national media (both TV and newspaper). The latest article was published on Oct 31: www.suedostschweiz.ch.
- Hochalpines Institut Ftan: A sport gymnasium in Engadin providing the best environment for winter sport athletes. Together with their coaches we are developing the next generation video fusion for alpine ski and snowboard. The image below shows a preview of what will be possible to obtain with our system before the end of the year. Of course with a normal handheld camera and with automatic processing.
The future of alpine skiing video analysis. The video was recorded with a standard handheld video camera. The trajectory is the result of our unique video fusion with the GNSS-IMU sensor data.
Janis Lindegger, living in Trondheim, joined us a few days ago. He holds a Master's degree in Human Movement and Occupational Science from NTNU and is cross-country skiing coach and team manager. He will be working parttime and is responsible for our market expansion in Norway.
We will demonstrate our technology during the first FIS race of the season: Beitostølen (Nov 20-22). For each race one athlete will be equiped with our system. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place Janis won't be able to be present physically but as we offer an automated digital tool it's no problem to analyse everything remote. To interested coaches and teams, we will share a detailed race analysis 2-3 hours after each race and may hold some form of webinar afterwards.