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Cambridge University Assists Elite British Skiers

Top academic institution offers skiers access to state-of-the-art wind tunnel facilityEach year, the University of Cambridge battles with Havard, its American descendant, for the top position in the international rankings of elite universities. The historic British academic institution is globally acknowledged as offering some of the best educational facilities and resources in the world. It also has some of the most cutting-edge scientific equipment known to man.
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Amongst Cambridge’s many assets is the state-of-the-art Markham Wind Tunnel, which is used to conduct experiments focused on aerodynamics. However, recently the tunnel was put to use differently, when a team of U.K. skiers was invited to use it to test out new techniques.
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British Winter Olympic skier Ed Drake was joined at the tunnel by international pro Yannick Green and a group of three young snow sports hopefuls. The group was there to work on skiing tucks and although each member could only stay in the tunnel for a few minutes, they were emphatic about the benefits of the experience. In particular, a monitoring screen linked to the tunnel provided vital feedback on the levels of drag created by each different position.
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Speaking to the press, speed skier Yannick Green, who is ranked number 13 in the world, explained that access to the wind tunnel had been a rare privilege, which the university had granted to the group free of charge. The data collected should mean that the lucky snow sports athletes are able to shave fractions of seconds off their performance times, giving them a tangible advantage over their international rivals.
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Words By A.L.Cuin
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Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons – Elin B

Tags: Ed Drake, Skiing, The Markham Wind Tunnel, The University of Cambridge, Yannick Green

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