Winter Olympics Man and Machine

Athletes at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin are more dependent on their equipment than ever before. Whether they're downhill skiers, bobsledders or biathletes, hardly any aspiring medalists are competing without the input of scientists and engineers -- and some will fail for simply believing they're at a disadvantage.
Von Maik Grossekathöfer, Detlef Hacke und Gerhard Pfeil
Germany's Michael Greis lies at the shooting range while training for the 10km men's sprint at the Biathlon field during the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on February 13 in Cesana San Sicario.

Germany's Michael Greis lies at the shooting range while training for the 10km men's sprint at the Biathlon field during the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on February 13 in Cesana San Sicario.

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