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Gideon Ariel
07-28-1996, 02:52 PM
Dear Biomech-L:

Courtesy of the International Track and Field Coaches Association,
subscribers who are interested have access to the 1996 Olympic Games data.
Serving as the track coaches' support research team for biomechanical
analysis, we are collecting high speed video data at many of the technical
events including the High Jump, Javelin, Shot-put, and Triple jump. As the
Games continue, more event data will be collected. The data is processed
nearly in real time and will be downloaded to our Website for anyone in the
world to use at no cost to you. We have multiple cameras placed in various
positions in the Olympic Stadium. Files are in AVI format and can be
digitized frame by frame. Calibration points from known objects on the
field are also provided.

Our staff at the Atlanta Olympics includes:
Dr. Al Finch from Indiana State University
Dr. Bob Wainwright and his staff from Kinematic Consultants, Inc.
Dr. Lars Oddsson from Boston University
Dr. Gideon Ariel from Ariel Dynamics
Dr. M. Ann Penny from Ariel Dynamics
Mr. George Dales, the President of the International Track and Field
Coaches Association
Worldwide access to this data is available on our Website at
We are working to provide hourly updates on the Olympic Games with a
special emphasis on the scientific aspects of human performance in a sports
setting. Revisit our Website as the Games progress to obtain newly
completed event data.

Gideon Ariel, Ph.D.