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Rio 2016: Four years of sports tech advancements since London Olympics

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With seemingly daily technology advents in sports, it can be hard to keep up with all of the changes in the realm of sports. But the Olympics are a good benchmark for the numerous innovations happening every four years. As the London 2012 Olympics saw a number of technological changes, Rio 2016 will have even more. identified all of these differences, which will change how the Olympics are run in regards to fan engagement, athlete performance and officiating.

The U.S. Olympic swim trials are kicking off in Omaha this week, so it seems wise to start with swimming. If big names like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin manage to qualify for Rio, they will be greeted by digital lap counters from Omega, which they did not have in London. These sit at the bottom of each lane and allow for swimmers to see what lap they are on, as even the best can fall prey to miscounting.

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