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Speedier skates

Canada has gone high-tech in its effort to put in a better medal showing on home soil. Here's a look at some of the gear that went in to the country's Own the Podium effort.

Among the projects are efforts by University of British Columbia professor Savvas Hatzikiriakos to look at microscopic ice friction in an effort to help speed up Canada's speedskaters. Here, Hatzikiriakos inspects the base of an optimized blade base for speed skating.

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Easing the friction

An experimental setup at the University of British Columbia used to test the friction of various compounds. The bottom plate has the ice and the top has a ring with a plastic base that is to be tested in friction by rotating the top plate over the ice.
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Trying to build a better base

A close-up image shows how newer ski bases are able to better repel water, much like liquid off a Teflon pan.
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Body in motion

One aspect of the top secret program has been using motion technology to measure the body position of top athletes.
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