On February 7, 2014, the Sochi Winter Olympics will be grandly opened. Now this event has entered its first anniversary countdown. Nine Omega countdown clocks across the Russian Federation are counting down every minute. To that exciting moment. Omega will provide designated timing services for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. This is the 26th time that Omega has won the Olympic Games designated timing since 1932. At the Winter Paralympic Games, which opened on March 7, 2014, Omega will do the same.
In 1936, Omega served for the first time as the designated timekeeper for the Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. At that time, only one Omega timekeeper was used to time all the games, and 27 high-precision Omega chronographs were all his equipment. For more than 75 years, Omega continued to enrich the brand’s innovation and sports timing tradition, and developed and introduced many cutting-edge sports timing technologies.
Omega, who has long been associated with sports, is looking forward to participating in the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the near future, and witnessing the world’s top winter athletes competing for the Winter Olympic gold medal in Sochi with enthusiasm and energy. As the designated timekeeper, Omega is very honored to work with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), individual sports federations and athletes to ensure that the timing technology used for the 2014 Olympic events will always reflect the spirit of the Olympic Games and accurately capture it. Every tiny moment that determines the result.
Timing technology in the Winter Olympics
Electronic ordering system
The futuristic omega red starting gun made its debut at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. It consists of a flash gun and a sound box. Previous firing guns are reminiscent of revolvers that are often found in western movies, and this new firing system is an electronic upgrade of traditional gunpowder firing guns.
When the commander pulls the trigger of this brand new device, three things happen simultaneously: the command 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.
Compared with the traditional starting gun, another practical advantage of the new electronic starting gun is that in the airport security inspection, it will not cause high alert and panic.
There are two optoelectronic eye devices at the end of the track, and the devices are placed at different heights to ensure that they can only be triggered by athletes’ ice skates. Both optoelectronic eyes need to be triggered to determine and record the match time to ensure accurate results. In racing competitions, multiple factors are often used to determine results.
At the 1948 London Olympics, Omega introduced optoelectronic eye equipment to the Summer Olympics for the first time. The famous ‘Slit’ finish camera also debuted at the Olympic Games. The finish camera was completed by Race Finish
Recording Company), which is now widely used on the field.
Optoelectronic eyes can accurately determine when the competitors cross the finish line. However, in some short distance competitions, the players may cross the finish line almost at the same time, and sometimes they cannot even determine the order of crossing the finish line without dispute. The end camera can capture instantaneous images and print them out within 8 minutes, thereby eliminating all disputes about the ownership of the first and second runners up.
More than sixty years after these breakthrough technologies were introduced, they have evolved several times and still play an important role in world-class events. The combination of optoelectronic eye technology and the image of the end camera opens a new era for sports timing.
Scan’O’Vision light-sensing camera
No matter how focused, the eyesight of the human eye is limited after all. At the finish line, the highly sensitive optoelectronic eye replaces the human eye and can stop the timer instantly. Lightning-fast currents eliminate errors caused by timekeeper response times. In sprints and other short-distance racing competitions, it may happen that the players reach the finish line at the same time. Therefore, other timing equipment is required to be used in conjunction with the optoelectronic eye. The performance of the optoelectronic eye at the finish line significantly surpassed all previous timing devices, making the finish line exit the historical stage.
Since the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, Omega has adopted a light sensor camera (Scan ‘O’ Vision) to determine the finish time of players in the racing category. In the speed skating event, the moment the skater crosses the finish line, the timing time displayed on the scoreboard and TV screen will immediately stop, but the final result is the time measured by the light-sensing camera.
Inter-frequency radar transceiver
Extremely lightweight and reliable transponders will be worn on the legs of the contestants, so that Omega can accurately measure, record and announce the instantaneous time and ranking of the contestants and teams during the competition.
Omega Seamaster 37.5mm ‘Sochi 2014’ Limited Edition
In 1932, Omega launched the world’s first professional diving watch-the Omega Marine watch. For more than 80 years, Omega has been synonymous with professional diving watches. Such a glorious achievement will definitely please the design pioneers of Omega Marine Watches. At the same time, the adventurous women have become loyal fans of the Hippocampus Ocean Universe watch, which will surely surprise them even more.
The Omega Seamaster 37.5mm “Sochi 2014” limited edition watch is as solid and reliable as the 45.5mm men’s watch, and has the same outstanding professional diving performance. This unique women’s watch is bound to become one of the most attractive souvenirs of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
This 37.5mm model is exclusively for women. The matte and polished stainless steel case is equipped with a white unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel with diving scale. Like the ‘Sochi 2014’ limited edition men’s watch, the 1-5 minute scale on this watch bezel is covered with blue lacquer, while the 6-10 minute scale is covered with red lacquer.
The watch features a screw-in matte case back with an embossed ‘Sochi 2014’ Olympic emblem, engraved with ‘Si 14’ (silicon) and a limited edition number (such as 0001/2014) . The helium exhaust valve is at 10 o’clock.
The hour markers on the white lacquered dial and the polished three-dimensional rhodium-plated hands are coated with a white luminous coating that glows blue in low light. The dot at 12 o’clock on the minute hand and the diving bezel glows green. This feature makes it easy to read the time with one glance when diving. The watch is equipped with a central hour, minute and second hands and a calendar window at 3 o’clock.
The Omega Seamaster 37.5mm ‘Sochi 2014’ limited edition watch is equipped with an Omega 8520 coaxial movement, this movement is one of the important members of the Omega family of coaxial movements. The Si14 silicon balance spring mounted in the movement has excellent anti-magnetic properties and can be largely resistant to vibration and external interference. This watch has stable and reliable quality and long-lasting outstanding time performance, and enjoys up to four years of after-sales service guarantee. Like every Ocean Universe, this model is water resistant to 60 bar / 600 meters / 2000 feet.
The first anniversary of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics countdown!
On the countdown to the first anniversary of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Omega unveiled its new official countdown clocks set up in 8 cities in the Russian Federation. The numbers on the countdown clock beat every minute, every hour, every hour, and time lapse. It is the exciting moment of the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 7, 2014, and people’s expectations and excitement also Then it became more and more intense.
In May 2011, Omega unveiled the first countdown clock for the 2014 Winter and Paralympic Games in Sochi. Today, in addition to Sochi, Omega is located in eight cities: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Pyatigorsk, Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk. A countdown clock was also set up.
The Omega Countdown Clock cleverly uses bright colors and transparent elements. The unique design aims to reflect the spirit of Sochi’s fusion of history, tradition and modern style, and its vitality and diversity. Its striking appearance is reminiscent of Sochi’s contrasting natural features, not only the towering snowy mountains that will host multiple Winter Olympics projects, but also the rolling Black Sea coast. Such a unique countdown clock will surely become one of the new landmarks in the city, creating a stronger Olympic atmosphere.
Omega is proud to be the designated timekeeper for the 2014 Sochi Winter and Paralympic Games. This will be the 26th time Omega has been designated as the Olympic timekeeper since 1932. Omega is very much looking forward to providing professional timing services for the world’s top winter sports players who are celebrating the event at this Olympic Games that embodies the Olympic tradition, Olympic culture and modern Russian spirit.