USA Olympic Luge Team Conducts Critical Wind...

USA Olympic Luge Team Conducts Critical Wind Tunnel Testing in San Diego Preparing for 2010 Vancouver Olympics

San Diego, 7.28.2009

On August 3, reigning World Champion Erin Hamlin, along with two-time Olympic medalist Mark Grimmette, will head to the Low Speed Wind Tunnel at the San Diego Air & Space Technology Center to conduct a series of tests in preparation for the upcoming luge season, including the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

Hamlin (Remsen, N.Y.) and Grimmette (Muskegon, Mich. and Lake Placid, N.Y) will focus on assessing new race suit materials, sled designs and other aerodynamic improvements. In a sport measured to the single thousandth of a second, aerodynamics play a critical role. Since the 2010 Olympic track in Whistler, British Columbia has seen speeds approaching 100 MPH, the upcoming round of aerodynamic testing will be especially critical.

The Low Speed Wind Tunnel (LSWT) is considered to be the best facility of its kind in the world. The testing methodology and expert staff draw both world-class athletes and top aerospace companies. To date, the LSWT has conducted nearly 100,000 hours of testing and has been used extensively in numerous military and civil aerospace development programs, including those of the F-106, B-58, F-111, F-16, Global Hawk UAV, Tomahawk Cruise Missile, and Advanced Cruise Missile. In addition, it has recently served the testing needs of Cessna, Boeing, Gulfstream, Northrop Grumman, General Atomics, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin. As the only wind tunnel in the nation capable of performing low-speed flutter testing, Boeing has used the facility extensively to test all its commercial airliners, from the 707 to the new 787 Dreamliner. The facility has also provided testing for nearly 250 professional and amateur bicyclists including Lance Armstrong and the Astana Cycling Team. USA Luge has been testing at the LSWT since 2004.

***Members of the media interested in attending the test should contact Jessica Packard at 619.234.8291 x140 or jpackard@sdasm.org***

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