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13 March 2014

OMEGA returns to Sochi as Official Timekeeper of 2014 Paralympic Winter Games


Competition at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games is well underway and OMEGA is on-hand with the sporting world’s most advanced timekeeping technology.

Olympic Winter Games, the host city brings together another 575 of the world’s most talented winter athletes for the Paralympic Winter Games – a sporting spectacle highlighted with fierce and hard-fought competition.


As Paralympians from 45 different nations compete for a spot on the podium, OMEGA is on-hand as Official Timekeeper with innovative timekeeping and data-handling technology to capture and distribute the results of every race and competition that takes place and to assist the athletes on their way to gold.


Technology for Paralympic biathlon competitors

Introduced at the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games, this technology consists of an electronic rifle, headset and target. Between the three stages of the 7.5-kilometre biathlon race of the Paralympic Winter Games, the athletes must hit targets from a distance of 10 metres. Athletes with a visual impairment are assisted by acoustic signals that, depending on the sound of the tone, indicate when they are on target. The competitors must hit five targets in a row with additional time being added to the final result for every shot missed.


The OMEGA Scan’O’Vision camera
Timekeepers rely on the OMEGA Scan’O’Vision photofinish camera to determine the finishing sequence and the times of the competitors in a race. In case of disputes, the photofinish camera records the action at the finish line at 2000 frames per second. As soon as a racer crosses the finish line, the running times on the scoreboard and television superimpositions are stopped – but ultimately, it is the photofinish camera that has measured and captured the result that will be deemed official.


The incredibly lightweight and discreet transponder equipment are attached to each competitor’s left and right legs, making it possible for OMEGA to measure, record and display the intermediate times of the participating athletes, as well as their finishing positions.


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