Olympic History – 10 Things the Olympic Games Have Made Popular: High-Tech Sporting Gear
The Olympics have become a testing ground for exotic materials like carbon fiber before they go mainstream. The Olympics also use computers and wind tunnels to make equipment as streamlined as possible, and introduce new safety features in sports gear.
So if your new skis seem to make you fly down the slope, your hockey stick lasts for months instead of weeks and you can pick up your bicycle with one hand, you can thank the Olympics. These high-tech equipment innovations were all popularized by the Olympic games.