Quoted: on tech and sports

“Software does not win medals.”

Dave Reddin, head of performance services for the British Olympic Association — although the British team did take home 65 medals partly with the help of technology such as motion-analysis software and lots of data. A Wall Street Journal article examines how sports teams and athletes — from long jumpers to baseball players such as big hitter Albert Pujols to golfers — are using software to track to try to improve their performance. There is so much analytics available that British long-jumper Shara Proctor says “you can easily overanalyze stuff, and that’s not good. You just have to tone that down.”

 

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