Discovery Channel to highlight Olympic technology

Daily Planet, the Discovery Channel show will be highlighdpting some of the latest and coolest technology that Canadian athletes have been training with and will be using during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

The show, Daily Planet Goes To Vancouver, will be a six-part program.  The plan is to give viewers behind the scenes access to the engineers, scientists, coaches and trainers who are charged with making Canada’s athletes the best they can be.

Here are some of the things Daily Planet will be featuring:

Bobsleigh: The kinetics of sliding – Newton goes sliding! What are the forces at work on a bobsleigh? With top speeds reaching 200 km/h, how do the sliders achieve this rate by gravity alone and maintain control? And do heavier or lighter racers carry the advantage?

What about the science of catching those who use performance enhancing drugs?

Go behind the scenes with a doping control officer to see how athletes are forced to produce samples based on a major element of surprise. Then, visit the lab where they test for banned substances using state-of-the-art technology that will detect more illegal agents than any previous Olympic Games. Also, meet a researcher who is developing a test for genetic doping, a potentially dangerous form of doping that may represent the high-stakes future of cheating.

This six-part program, hosted by Jay Ingram and Ziya Tong begins on Friday, February 5.  Click here for more details.