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Team Jumbo-Visma extends contract with innovation partner Red Bull

Team Jumbo-Visma extends contract with innovation partner Red Bull

The speed skating team of Team Jumbo-Visma agreed to terms on a new deal with Red Bull. The Austrian company extends their partnership with Jac Orie's team until at least April of 2023.

The innovation partner has been tied to the team since January of 2019. Last season, Red Bull and Team Jumbo-Visma worked together on an innovative training method, called Vortex.

Due to the speed skating tracks in Salt Lake City (United States) and Calgary (Canada) being at higher altitudes than that of the sea level Netherlands, large fans were placed around the arena of Thialf, Heerenveen in order for the sprinters to mimic the conditions set in these cities. This allowed the sprinters to simulate the same velocities they obtain while competing at higher altitudes.

Red Bull also visited Team Jumbo-Visma during a training camp in Collalbo, Italy. They used a race drone, which mirrored the velocities of the speed skaters, to create unique three-dimensional footage in aid of analyzing their speed skating technique.

"We are happy we agreed on a new deal with our innovation partner Red Bull", Richard Plugge, director of Team Jumbo-Visma, says. "The show of trust from Red Bull in extending this great partnership until at least April of 2023, despite the crisis of Covid-19, is something we are proud of."

Chasing even faster times and breaking records together

"I'm glad that Red Bull will stay with the team for the next couple of years", coach Orie says. "I think it's a great fit, since we both like thinking outside of the box. For Red Bull, most of the time there are no boundaries, only possibilities, through which you regularly come to interesting discoveries."

The 52-year-old coach is really happy with the corporation thus far. "Vortex and the racing drone footage were two innovative projects we did together. In both cases we learned a lot and it's provided us with new insights."

Together with Red Bull, the speed skating team wants to chase even faster times and break even bigger records in the future. "We already discussed some new possible projects. One has to do with aerodynamics, while the other project implores the use of MRI data to look at the effects of certain training sessions of our athletes."

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