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Dow Chemical scientists help Team USA fight for Olympic gold

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(01/10/14) - The winter Olympic games are less than a month away. Athletes from around the world will gather in Sochi, Russia to compete. This year, a piece of equipment made in Midland will help U.S. athletes fight for Olympic gold.

Dow Chemical has redesigned the sleds for the U.S. Luge team. The team has been working with scientists from the Michigan Operations manufacturing site.

Luge is a fast paced precision sport. The difference between winning and losing is often measured in a thousandth of a second, and some competitors have recorded speeds as high as 90 miles per hour on the small sleds.

Olympic luge competition has been dominated in recent years by Germany and Italy. Scientist and engineers from Dow have manufactured a product designed to move Team USA to the top.

They've included new technology, and incorporated materials completely different from what's been used on U.S. sleds in the past.

"They started out using handmade parts made out of wood, so, really old technology. We've provided them with a wide range of materials. We really finalized the design, optimized it, and tried to key in on what they are looking for," said Jay Tudor, a scientist with Dow Chemical.

The result is faster and more precise equipment. The group has been working since 2007. The final product is now complete, it's been tested, and it's ready for the winter games.

"It's been great to be a part of this project. It's exciting to be able to participate with our Olympic athletes and use the skills are learned over a career to help someone who has dedicated their life to a sport," said Scott Burr, a scientist with Dow Chemical.

The Winter Olympic Games begin Feb. 7.

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