Sochi 2014

Eva Samkova Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 Broadcast RF

Sochi 2014

Broadcast RF travelled to Sochi in Russia this winter for a highly anticipated international Winter Games which saw 88 nations come together to compete in 15 sports disciplines over a 17 day period.

Unlike the Summer Games which took place in London two years ago that were very local to our Dartford base, the Winter Games were around 2,500 miles away from home. This meant that equipment needed to be shipped well in advance, and some our or engineers were out of the country for as long as six weeks!

A large chunk of the Broadcast RF’s rental inventory was sent out to Sochi, including many Vislink, Gigawave and Cobham HD systems, to bring live coverage of these record-breaking contests to 61.8 million consumers. Events included Alpine Skiing, Bobsleigh, Curling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Snowboarding and Speed Skating, whilst at home day to day jobs went ahead as usual including Six Nations Rugby, the BAFTA’s and The Brit Awards.

The attention of the world was stolen by Eva Samkova, who not only contributed to Russia’s place at the top of the medal count when she earned her first gold medal in the snowboard cross event, but took social media networks by storm when she wore a drawn on moustache for event that she ended up winning. Along with her moustache, Samkova was one of several competitors to sport Broadcast RF’s innovative helmet camera system using the new Cobham Nano HD transmitter which allowed the run to be captured from an athlete’s point of view. This kit was also utilised on the slope style ski & snowboard cross events.

A video of Samkovas gold medal run can be found online here: http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/helmet-cam-view-eva-samkovas-gold-medal-run?ctx=golden-moments
These helmet RF systems were deployed across the Ski Cross, Snowboard Cross and Freestyle Slopestyle events.

Along with supplying many RF cameras for the host, Broadcast RF also supplied facilities to NBC for their entire RF services during the games including Audio, Comms and Fibre services.


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