We’re not sure why a German company is willing to help design a new sleek, lightweight, aerodynamic bobsled for the U.S. Olympic team as opposed to, say, the Germans, but we’re also not complaining.
Creative director Michael Scully and his team at DesignworksUSA, owned by BMW, are building six sleds for the U.S. men’s and women’s Olympic teams for Sochi that are designed to emphasize weight reduction and “intelligent use of weight when you have that weight to use” through optimized materials.
“I think everybody was just extremely excited by the chance to not just have a sticker on the sled anymore,” Scully told CNN Money. “It would be really an integral, technical partnership.”
Of course, all the technical jargon in the world means nothing if the team doesn’t win gold.
Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.
In the clip below, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.
Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.
VIDEO: Bob Costas picks biggest storyline of Rio Olympics
NBC Olympics will partner with Snapchat for daily “Live Stories” and an NBC Rio Olympic Discover channel (co-produced with Buzzfeed) during the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Rio Games.
The Live Stories allows Snapchatters attending select U.S. Olympic Trials events and the Rio Games to contribute photo and video Snaps to the Snapchat-curated story.
The Live Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments, and Snapchat will feature NBC’s Rio Olympic brand marks, logos and more.
The Discover channel will be live from Aug. 4 (one day before the Opening Ceremony) through Aug. 22 (one day after the Closing Ceremony).
From NBC Sports Group:
Buzzfeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside Rio Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games.
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