Suunto's co-operation with FIS and WIGE DATA continues


Suunto and FIS (International Ski Federation) have agreed to continue their cooperation in the FIS World Cup Nordic Combined throughout the whole season 2005-2006. As an official FIS service provider, Suunto will provide heart rate data service in cooperation with WIGE DATA.

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International TV audience is provided with heart rate information of the Nordic Combined skiers during the cross country skiing leg of the race this season. The service is used in all competitions this season and heart rates of the leading athletes have already been shown in real time.

Athletes are wearing heart rate belts of the Suunto t6 wristop computers and their heart rates are detected for TV graphics via special receivers, Suunto Team PODs, placed along the skiing track.

The Suunto Team POD heart rate detection system is available for teams and coaches in various sports. A coach is able to monitor the heart rates of multiple athletes during their exercise from a distance of up to 100 meters, for example on the side of or at a sports ground.

In addition to heart rate, the PC software that comes along the Suunto Team POD provides information of e.g. training effect and EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption). Suunto Team POD enables real time monitoring and efficient training not only in skiing but also for example in football and fitness classes.

WIGE DATA, a company of the WIGE MEDIA AG in Frechen, Germany, is one of the leading providers in the world of timing and result services for different sports. It produces results and timing graphics for TV feeds for all the FIS Nordic events including the World Cup of Nordic Skiing.

Founded in 1936 with the world’s first liquid-filled compass, Suunto is a leading designer and manufacturer of sports instruments for training, diving, mountaineering, hiking, skiing, sailing and golf.

Prized for their design, accuracy, and dependability, Suunto wristop computers combine the aesthetics and functionality of watches with sport-specific computers that help athletes at all levels analyze and improve performance.

Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, Suunto employs more than 500 people worldwide and distributes its products to over 70 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Helsinki-based Amer Sports Corporation.

Further information:

Suunto: Minna Virtaranta, Sports Marketing Manager
Phone: +358-9-875 870, fax +358-9-875 87 301
E-mail:[email protected];

FIS: Christian Knauth, Marketing/Communications Director
Phone: +41 33 244 61 66, fax +41 33 244 61 71
E-mail: [email protected],

WIGE DATA: Sven Pleszinger, Product Manager, WIGE DATA GmbH
Phone: +49 341 4621 505, fax: +49 341 4621 402
E-mail: [email protected],

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