Suunto Brings Skiers' Heart Rate onto the TV screen


Suunto's long range heart rate detection system was used for the first time in the Nordic Combined World Cup races of Lahti Ski Games. The system offers interesting information on the top athletes' heart rates during the race to TV spectators. The competitors wore Suunto heart rate belts during the skiing section and their heart rates were detected for TV graphics with special receivers placed along the skiing track.

Among others, the heart rates of the World Cup winner Hannu Manninen (Finland) and world championships silver medalist Björn Kircheisen (Germany) were shown in live TV broadcast during the exciting fight where Manninen ensured the overall World Cup victory of the season.

The new service will be available for international TV broadcast also during the Nordic Combined World Cup in Oslo this weekend.

The general data/timing and TV graphics are being produced in cooperation with WIGE DATA, a company of the WIGE MEDAIA AG in Frechen/Germany and with the FIS partner Epson, who have been active for many years with the International Ski Federation FIS in the disciplines of Cross-Country, and Nordic Combined racing. WIGE DATA is one of the leading providers in the world of timing and result services for different sports. WIGE DATA produces results and timing graphics for TV feeds for all the FIS Nordic events including the World Cup of Nordic skiing and the Nordic Ski World Championships.

By the end of the year the Suunto heart rate detection system will also be available for team sports and coaches. For the first time, coaches will be able to monitor the heart rates of multiple athletes during exercise within a range of up to 100m/300ft, for example on a football field.

Suunto is the world's leading manufacturer of sports instruments. The company designs and manufactures sports-specific wristop computers for cross sports, training, skiing, golf, sailing and diving. These wristop computers make practical information, such as weather, altitude, location and training effect accessible for all active people, from anyone with an adventurous mindset to serious athletes. The company also produces field and marine compasses and precision instruments. Suunto, founded in 1936 and headquartered in Finland, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Helsinki-based Amer Group. Suunto employs over 500 people internationally and operates in almost 60 countries. In 2004, net sales totalled EUR 77,2 million.

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