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Sylvia
03-08-2011, 04:08 PM
Here's an article and video about the science of motion capture technology at the University of Delaware, using the example of Melissa Bulanhagui's triple Axel: http://www.ivanhoe.com/science/story/2011/03/832a.html (link fixed)
Excerpt:

Motion capture technology, the same technology used to develop lifelike movements in animated movies and video games, can record everything from the tilt of a skater’s head to the angle of her skate. Then, computer software creates a model of the body’s movement so researchers can see where a skater can improve.

"Once we have the model of the skater on the computer, we can manipulate the model, go back and play the ‘what if’ game, so what if they move their arms into this position while they were in the air,” Jim Richards, Ph.D., Biomechanist at the University of Delaware told Ivanhoe.

Forty-two markers are placed on the skater’s body. While 10 cameras in the ceiling record the markers movements. First, wire image simulations of the skater are made and then later 3-D models are created.

Coaches and scientists can change leg and arm positions in the 3-D models to create different skating scenarios. Small body changes can help skaters improve their body position for better jumps and clean landings.

“We can send them back out on the ice with a specific set of instructions in terms of what needs to be changed in order to improve the jump,” Dr. Richards said.

barbk
03-08-2011, 04:13 PM
Sylvia -- the link isn't working for me -- can you fix it?

julieann
03-08-2011, 04:20 PM
Sounds expensive, I wonder how much a skater/coach would have to pay.

Willowway
03-08-2011, 04:49 PM
Here is an additional link to the same info as reported at UD in one of their publications. Thanks Sylvia - really intersting.

http://www.udreview.com/sports/delaware-leads-way-with-figure-skating-technology-1.1428855


barbk - here's another link to that article http://www.ivanhoe.com/science/story/2011/03/832si.html

antmanb
03-08-2011, 05:03 PM
It was a shame we didn't actually see an attempt at the triple axel in the video.

Sylvia
03-08-2011, 05:12 PM
It was a shame we didn't actually see an attempt at the triple axel in the video.
Oh really? I assumed there was one :o (I watched very quickly). Bulanhagui has attempted the 3A at the Liberty summer competition for the past 3 years (there are videos on yoube).

manleywoman
03-08-2011, 05:13 PM
No, there isn't, but that might be due to the reporters not telling the difference between a double and a triple. :lol: Perhaps they thought they were all 3axels.

orbitz
03-08-2011, 05:44 PM
Some coaches have been using DartFish which sort of does the same thing at a much lower scale. It's like those sequence of images of skater jumping presented by Chevy that aired during past Nationals.

geod2
03-08-2011, 11:05 PM
Here is an additional link to the same info as reported at UD in one of their publications. Thanks Sylvia - really intersting.

http://www.udreview.com/sports/delaware-leads-way-with-figure-skating-technology-1.1428855


barbk - here's another link to that article http://www.ivanhoe.com/science/story/2011/03/832si.html


There have been a couple of other articles about the FS research at UD.
This link was probably posted on another thread back in 2009 but I still find it fascinating (the video is on the left, middle of the page):

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/science/23skate.html

BigB08822
03-08-2011, 11:44 PM
I doubt she is attempting 3axels, doesn't look ready for that. I think the author doesn't really know the difference. ;)

LilJen
03-08-2011, 11:58 PM
It was a shame we didn't actually see an attempt at the triple axel in the video.

I saw at least two. Wait, maybe not. Must have been 2a because they looked pretty darned nice and easy.

geod2
03-09-2011, 12:26 AM
Some coaches have been using DartFish which sort of does the same thing at a much lower scale. It's like those sequence of images of skater jumping presented by Chevy that aired during past Nationals.

There is other affordable technology in use, although without UD's advanced computer analysis.
I see that Sports Motion has a handful of figure skating users (the demo video happens to be of a baseball player):

http://www.sportsmotion.com/about-customers.htm#FIGURE

http://sports-motion.com/videos/playback.htm?FirstName=Super&LastName=smi

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Sylvia
03-09-2011, 01:45 PM
I doubt she is attempting 3axels
No, Melissa really is (as I mentioned above), just not in US qualifying, National or international competition yet.


I think the author doesn't really know the difference. ;)
The author is correct in this case about the 3A... but misspelled her last name 'Bulanahaguy' in the article. ;)

antmanb
03-09-2011, 02:52 PM
The author is correct in this case about the 3A... but misspelled her last name 'Bulanahaguy' in the article. ;)

The wrong spelling showed up in the banner for the video clip too!

Sylvia
05-14-2011, 12:57 AM
Here's a new article about the technology being used at the University of Delaware (Rippon, Nagasu, Andrew Gonzales and Frank Carroll are mentioned): http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2011/may/high-tech-skating-051211.html