Saturday, 22 February 2014

The Inside Story of How Olympic Timekeeping Is So Amazingly Precise

The Inside Story of How Olympic Timekeeping Is So Amazingly Precise
Feb 22nd 2014, 19:00, by Sarah Zhang

The Inside Story of How Olympic Timekeeping Is So Amazingly Precise

Three one-thousands of a second is less than 1/10 of a blink, less than 1/100 of a heartbeat. But if you're a speedskater, 0.003 seconds can be the difference between gold and silver. So how are Olympics timekeepers able to get such ridiculous precision and accuracy? For the inside scoop, we talked to Omega's Peter H├╝rzeler, head of Olympic timekeeping.
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