USA Olympic Bobsled Team Conducts Critical...

USA Olympic Bobsled Team Conducts Critical Wind Tunnel Testing in the San Diego Air & Space Museum's Wind Tunnel Tomorrow

San Diego, 6.18.2012

San Diego, CA - June 19, 2012 - On Wednesday, June 20th, Olympic bronze medalists Elana Meyers and Katie Eberling of the U.S. Women’s Bobsled team heads to the San Diego Low Speed Wind Tunnel to conduct a series of tests comparing their existing sled to new, better designs that may one day earn a U.S. gold medal.

The Low Speed Wind Tunnel 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.

For more information on the LSWT, please visit: www.lswt.com

Elana Meyers is an American bobsledder who has competed since 2007. A native of Fairburn, Georgia who now lives in Douglasville. Meyers won the silver in the bobsleigh two-woman event with Shauna Rohbock at the 2009 FIBT World Championships in Lake Placid, New York. She was named to the U.S. team for the 2010 Winter Olympics on 16 January 2010. On February 24, 2010 Meyers along with Erin Pac won the bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Their first run has a time of 53.28. Their second run has a time of 53.05. Their third run has a time of 53.29. Their fourth run has a time of 53.78 for a total of 3:33.40 a difference of +1.12 from first place.

Katie Eberling is an American bobsledder who has competed since 2010. Before bobsledding, she played volleyball for Western Michigan University and holds the record for the most matches and sets played and most career kill/dig double doubles. Eberling had a 2008 NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance during her junior season. Eberling was an immediate favorite for the team after claiming the 2011 U.S. National Push Champion title in her rookie season.

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 San Diego Air & Space Museum is California's official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and it was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums. Now on display, “How Things Fly,” a special exhibition that examines the wonder of flight through four fun and interactive zones. The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

 

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