Olympic athletes: Jeter taking technology in stride

A computer-generated stick figure is helping the world's fastest woman run even faster. Biomechanist Ralph Mann's software demonstrates the ideal position for every part of Carmelita Jeter's body during a sprint. The technology lets Jeter and her coach, John Smith, see and fix tiny imperfections that may mean the difference between a great sprint and a phenomenal one. Read the article or see more in this series on speed.

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Sources: Ralph Mann and Amber Murphy of CompuSport; IAAF; USA Track & Field
By Sohail Al-Jamea, Bonnie Berkowitz, Evelio Contreras, Kat Downs, Mitch Rubin and Laura Stanton. Published Feb. 10, 2012.

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