Gathering the evidence to beat the rest of the world
Great Britain's men's eight rowing team won gold in Rio to reclaim the Olympic title for the first time since 2000.
Paul Bennett - a current world champion describes how it felt like to win Olympic gold in Rio
The 2016 Rio Olympics are less than a year away, and British sports fans are hoping for a performance that beats Team GB’s record medal tally at London 2012. That’s never been achieved by a country directly after hosting the Games. And the pressure’s on us in the GB Rowing Team given that our sport is one of the nation’s strongest Olympic teams and kicked off the incredible “Super Saturday” at the 2012 Games.
Every year rowers get faster, records are broken, medals are won, but can this trajectory continue? Rowing as a sport lends itself well to data analysis and at the British Rowing Sports Science and Medicine Conference earlier this year I shared some insights the rowing community has gleaned from the performance and race data of the past 150 years.
We recently met up with Paul Bennett, a member of the GB Rowing Team and current World Champion, and Laurie Miles, Head of Analytics for SAS UK & Ireland, who has been analyzing the team's data. They chatted about data, the life and mind of an elite sportsman, and uncovered some surprising things they have in common!
Intrigued to know how the average person compares to a gold medal winning Olympic athlete when it comes to things like height, body mass, resting heart rate, arm span, body fat etc....
Since my opening blog post about our new partnership with British Rowing and the GB Rowing Team, I’ve had a deep dive into their data, and we’re now close to our first key milestone...
Olympic gold medal winner