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Fun Facts About the 2012 Olympic Swimming Pool

The Science Behind the London Olympics Swimming Pool

The big names, bright lights, and fierce athletic competition are enough to make anyone excited for the 2012 Olympic Games. But here is something that trivia hounds and techies will appreciate: the science behind the 2012 Olympic swimming pool. Believed to be one of the most technologically advanced pools ever built, the London Aquatics Centre is just as impressive as the athletes swimming in it.

With the collabortion of top engineers, the pool was designed to help facilitate some of the fastest times the sport has ever seen. NBC Learn produced a 10-part video series leading up to the big games called The Science of the Summer Olympics, which featured fascinating details about the more technical side of the sports on display. We highlighted the most astounding details of this futuristic pool below:

  • The bottom of the London Pool has a movable floor. During the games, it will sit about 10 feet deep to negate the waves that swimmers will create while moving through the pool.
  • The sides and ends to the pool are lined with a special trough to "swallow waves," preventing them and their energy from rebounding back into a swimmer's lane.
  • A lane line's main purpose is to dissipate energy before a swimmer travels into another competitor's lane.

Watch the video below to find out what makes the London Aquatic Centre so different from anything we've seen before.

Image Source: Getty
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