27 Jan TU Delft and top skaters work through the night in Thialf to find the ideal skate stroke
For every individual skater, there is probably an ideal skate stroke. For the first time, it is now possible to view a person’s skating position fully using 3D imaging. This is important in order to find out which skate stroke works best for each individual. Scientist Eline van der Kruk of TU Delft goes to the Thialf ice rink at night in order to take measurement and test her computer model, which is designed to predict which skate stroke is most suited to each individual skater. In the early morning of Monday 26 January, several top skaters, including Olympic champion Lotte van Beek, skate along a section of ice wearing a high-tech measuring suit and TU Delft’s measuring skate. They cover about 50 metres of ice, while high-tech cameras form a 3D image of the ice skater.