INNOVATIONS DESIGNED TO INCREASE RUNNING SPEED in competition were by previewed by NIKE for USA track and field athletes at the Eugene OR Olympic trials this past month. The products include: an adhesive tape with aerodynamic spikes called AeroBlades; hingeless, lightweight sunglasses line with a new material, single-piece lens that only admits red light, called Wings (VaporWings is one item in this line); and a breathable, adhesive racing AeroSwift bib. In an article for ESPNgo.com, “Innovation for US Olympic Track and Field Team”, Darren Rovell describes them and provides comments from a NIKE representative on their development and use.
Brian Metzler provides more information on the tape in “Nike AeroSwift Tape – The Next Big Thing in Running?” for Competitor.com. Sports Illustrated ran a piece by Ben Rains that briefly outlines the gear Nike will be furnishing for track and field, as well apparel for other sports (like soccer, basketball), and for all US athletes standing on the medal podium.
Look for these items as you watch the US athletes compete next month in Rio!
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