Omega enjoys an unparalleled reputation in the field of precision sports timing. This time, the Omega timing and data processing team will rely on the brand’s outstanding precision timing capabilities and draw on the successful experience of the previous 24 Olympics timing. At the 2012 London Olympics, it will continue its Olympic timing legend that began in 1932 and be designated Timing.
Here is a brief review of important events in the Omega Olympic timing history.
1932 marked a very critical moment in the history of sports timekeeping: Omega became the designated timekeeper for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, providing 30 high-precision chronometers certified by the Swiss official observatory, providing timing services for various events. Omega chronometers have the officially recognized high accuracy, so the Olympic Committee finally chose Omega as the designated timing for the event. Official match results are accurate to 1/5 seconds and 1/10 seconds.
At the Summer Olympics in Berlin, 29-year-old Omega watchmaker Paul Louis Guignard packed 185 chronographs in a suitcase and set off from the Swiss city of Biel to reach the capital of the German Empire. At the Berlin Olympics, the great American athlete Jesse Owens took the lead in the track and field competition and won 4 gold medals, but at that time there were no starting blocks, and the athletes had to dig out the starting pit with a small shovel.
At the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Omega used optoelectronic eye equipment for the first time. This mobile device can operate independently of the power grid and is not only waterproof, but also able to withstand extreme temperature changes; its infrared technology is not affected by the so-called ‘parasitic reflections’ caused by sunlight and flashes. For the first time ever, the timing system can be triggered automatically when the sliding door opens.
At the London Summer Olympics, the finish camera was developed by the British Race Finish Recording Company. It can shoot continuous pictures and adjust the recording speed according to the needs of different events (from rowing to cycling). . This camera is used in conjunction with an Omega timing device. Starting from this Olympic Games, machines have gradually replaced manpower for more accurate timekeeping.
Following the success of the end camera, the Racend Omega Timer came out in 1949. This device can display the picture of a hundredth of a second when the athlete crosses the line. It was later used in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. The 1952 Olympics marked the beginning of a new era of quartz and electronic timekeeping, led by the Omega Time Recorder (OTR), a mobile, grid-independent device that prints results on roll paper . Omega was awarded the Croix du Menite Olympique. The official time is now close to 1/100 second.
The 1956 Winter Olympics, held in Cortina d’ Ampezzo, Italy, for the first time, used starting gates in the Alps ski races. The signal light sounds, and the light changes from red to yellow and then to green, which automatically starts the start time of the game. The most revolutionary breakthrough occurred at the Melbourne Summer Olympics. The world’s first semi-automatic swimming timing device with a digital display, the ‘Swim Eight-O-Matic Timer’, was introduced. Even if the two players reach the finish line at almost the same time, it can still win.
A controversy at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome (this is the last time that Omega decided to win with the naked eye) led to another major innovation in swimming timing: Omega invented Automatic Touch Pads, but This invention was not officially put into use until the Pan American Games in Winnipeg in 1967.
Omegascope, invented in 1961, introduces the concept of real-time in TV sports broadcasts by displaying eye-catching numbers at the bottom of the screen. As a result, sports timing technology has been further improved, but because the results are displayed in real time in front of millions of TV viewers, timekeeping is no longer tolerated. Omega tracking monitors were used at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Olympics, the first fully electronic Olympic Games. Television viewers have never been so quick and accurate in getting results off the field.
The 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics and Mexico City Summer Olympics used automated and electronic timing for the first time, and introduced the ‘Integrated Timing’ service to provide match results and data analysis for the media, coaches, referees and the public . The Photosprint printer, which came out in 1963, was first applied to the Olympic Games, which ensured that the results of the competition can be made more widely and publicly than before. The practical application of modern timing technology is a milestone for Omega.
In Mexico, the most talked about topic is touch pads in swimming pools. The swimmer can stop timing as soon as he touches the touchpad. This eliminates the need for a timekeeper by the pool. In addition, connecting the loudspeaker to the starting signal and placing it on the takeoff platform means that all swimmers can hear the starting signal at the same time. The ‘Swim Eight-O-Matic’ next-generation device ‘Swim-O-Matic’ has an accuracy of close to 1/1000 second. However, this system was not fully utilized until 1972, but it was only used in one game.
Audiences at the Munich Olympics have witnessed the controversy caused by the 1/1000 second decision in the swimming pool, which has also led to changes in the rules of punishment. In the 400-meter medley competition, the Swedish champion Gunnar Larsson and the American player Tim McKee both scored 4:31:98. The official announcement of Gan Na Larson became the champion of the game with a time of 4: 31: 981 (Dim McKinn scored 4: 31: 983). However, a few days later, the FINA changed the penalty rules, announcing that the results of the swimming competition would eventually be accurate to 1 / 100th of a second.
One of the most impressive moments was that Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci scored a perfect score of 10 on the uneven bars, and the electronic scoreboard at the time did not design such a perfect score display, so she The score can only be displayed as 1.00-of course, everyone can understand what is happening.
The Lake Placid Winter Olympics uses the Omega Game-O-Matic timing device. This timer can quickly calculate the ranking of athletes when they reach the finish line after crossing the finish line. At the Moscow Summer Olympics, the new version of the Swim-O-Matic timing kit weighed only 1.2 kg, compared to 150 kg in the previous version in 1976.
At the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, the color finish photography images were taken for the first time, and those with signatures of the athletes were particularly precious. At the same time, 1984 witnessed the debut of the Omega False-Start Detector at the Olympic Games. At the Los Angeles Olympics, accurate timing made the women’s 100-meter freestyle competition to tie for the first time in history. Carrie Steinseifer and Nancy Hogshead of the United States both swam out. 55 seconds 92 results.
The Calgary Olympic Games and the Seoul Olympic Games are the first Olympic Games to use computerized timing. The results and analysis data will be stored in a database for future use. At the same time, at the Seoul Olympics, the Omega video matrix board achieved color display for the first time.
The Albertville Winter Olympics in 1992 used Omega’s Scan-O-Vision to measure the performance of speed skaters. The moment the athlete crosses the finish line, this system can record digitally to nearly 1/1000 second time, and can present the images captured efficiently with the corresponding time point in the same file. The history of sports timing has thus opened a whole new page.
The Atlanta Summer Olympics witnessed the birth of the first ‘global’ Olympic timekeeping, which realized the timing trilogy of each sport: timing, data processing and the release of game results. Following the launch of the Omegascope in 1961 and the launch of the ‘Integrated Timing Service’ at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, it marked the development of modern timing technology into the third important phase. The regatta in Savannah uses the Global Positioning System (GPS), one of the 20 innovative devices introduced by the Swatch Group to the Atlanta Olympics. In track and field competitions, acceleration and running speed are measured during sprint competitions. According to statistics, although the 100-meter Olympic champion Donovan Bailey failed to win in the end, he has the fastest acceleration and the fastest speed when sprinting.
Omega launched its Omega’s Live Timing system on the website in 2000. Within 15 seconds after the swimmer touches the touchpad, complete information including race results, rankings, performance records and other data can be queried and downloaded by global audiences via the Internet. Through the ‘virtual record line’ displayed on the screen, TV viewers can see the distance between the athlete and the world record.
Radar guns, which have been used in many tennis events, made their debut at the 2004 Athens Olympic Beach Volleyball Tournament. At the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, speed skaters were tied with transponder radar transceivers on their ankles, so that the timer could capture many important moments such as the athlete suddenly accelerating and quickly bypassing the U-shaped bend Or the game ended abruptly because of a fall.
At the Beijing Olympic Games, breakthrough achievements in sports timing worldwide include high-speed cameras, new timing, scoring and running detection systems. GPS global positioning system and number cloth transponder radar also achieved excellent results. This year’s Olympic Games is always remembered by the world for the men’s 100m butterfly competition. In this fierce competition, Michael Phelps won by 0.01 seconds, which is also the smallest time difference in the history of swimming competitions. Although this result was initially controversial, the high-speed camera system finally proved that the Omega electronic timing system worked flawlessly.
Among the new timing equipment used in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the most popular one is Omega’s new electronic starting system. The starting gun is one of the most timeless classic pictures in each Olympic Games. It is reminiscent of the revolver that often appears in American westerns. At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games, the starting gun will be replaced by a futuristic, streamlined device consisting of a flash gun and a sound generator. When the sender pulls the trigger, three things will happen at the same time: the start sounds, the flash lights, and the start signal is transmitted to the timing device. When the trigger is pulled for the second time within two seconds, the signal of a run will sound. The sound can be changed and downloaded from a computer.
2012 and beyond
At each Olympic Games, Omega timing experts have continuously improved and redefined world-class sports timing technology. There is no doubt that Omega will continue to set new milestones in the 2012 London Olympics, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and many other Olympic events. Not long ago, Omega signed an agreement with the International Olympic Organizing Committee, and Omega will continue to be the designated timekeeper for the Olympic Games until 2020.