Energy Powering Our Olympians

February 14, 2018

(By Julio Fuentes is the President and CEO of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

The 2018 Winter Olympics have officially kicked off, and I would like to congratulate our very own Florida Olympians who made the journey to PyeongChang, South Korea to compete, including hockey player Brandon Maxwell and long track speed skaters Erin Jackson, Joey Mantia, Mia Manfanello and Brittany Bowe.

Thanks to many technological innovations since the start of the winter games in 1924, Florida athletes can compete in a wide variety of cold weather sports without being disadvantaged. For example, innovations from sportswear manufacturer Under Armor and defense contractor Lockheed Martin have produced incredible aerodynamic uniforms worn by our four Florida speed skaters and Samsung has developed a “SmartSuit” which helps these skaters improve their movements and posture by transmitting data while the athlete is practicing.

It is partly through a renaissance in the American energy industry, like oil and natural gas, that these powerful innovations are possible. These resources help create textiles, plastics, ceramics and other fibers that equipment like ice skates, snowboards, hockey pucks and bobsleds are comprised of. Energy is also used to power the Olympic Torch, a favorite tradition among participants and spectators alike. Through innovations, the torch has gone through many improvements. What began as merely a bundle of burning fennel sticks was made better through technological advances. Today, the torch is carried thousands of miles over ground, air and sea. Even more impressive is that the torch has been passed off via suspension cable, satellite and even underwater. This is all only possible through developments in advanced energy production and technology.

On larger scale, energy created by oil and natural gas is used to light the arenas, warm athletes and power the expansive broadcasting equipment used by TV stations from around the world. It powers the vehicles...

 

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