USA Olympic Luge Team Conducts Critical Wind...

USA Olympic Luge Team Conducts Critical Wind Tunnel Testing Tomorrow in San Diego

San Diego, 2.01.2010

On Wednesday February 3rd, Olympic silver and bronze medalist Mark Grimmette heads to the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel to conduct a series of tests in preparation for the upcoming 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.

Grimmette, of Muskegon, Mich., will focus on finalizing the Olympic team race suit material. 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 important.

Three suits will be tested and the fastest material will be used during the Games next week. Grimmette, along with 2009 World Champion Erin Hamlin of Remsen, N.Y., last tested at the facility on August 3, 2009.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum’s 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 seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and virtually every other contender in the Tour peloton. USA Luge has been testing at the LSWT since 2004.

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