No, it’s Joost Vandendries, a Belgian speed skier! A sport in which the goal is to go as fast as possible on skis. It started in 1930 in Sankt Moritz, Switzerland, with a record of 105,7 km/h. The sport has made huge progress since those days. The world record now stands at an insane 254.958 km/h!
Speed skiing was also featured as a demonstration sport at the Albertville 1992 Winter Olympics, where it drew a massive crowd!
But it will take a lot more than a good deal of cheers from the crowd to help Joost achieve his goal – breaking the 200 km/h limit. Wearing baggy pants or funny hats won’t keep you from breaking the 100 km/h barrier on your speed tracking phone app, but at 200 km/h, every last bit of aerodynamic wizardry needs to be applied.
So Joost set off to look for local specialists to optimize both his stance and his outfit: Treedys (Brussels, Belgium) performed a full body scan and Argon (Leuven, Belgium) made a detailed 3D scan of his helmet. These two were stitched together and uploaded straight into AirShaper’s online aerodynamics platform, delivering a full report 24 hours later. Voxdale (Antwerp, Belgium), one of AirShaper’s engineering partners, is currently using that input to design a sleek new helmet.
This chain of different technologies makes it possible to go from a physical object to a complete aerodynamic analysis without designing a single 3D model. In today’s top sports, that development speed & efficiency is what can make the difference to gain that last tenth of a second or kilometer per hour.
200km/h on skis! After shaping his helmet and stance based on insights and improvements obtained by our simulations, Joost Vandendries broke his personal best! His top speed now stands at a whopping 214,669km/hour! Thanks to his dedication and our technology, he set a new personal best and almost hit the Belgian record (215,311km/h) and ended the season ranked #15 in the world! Watch his insanely fast slope here, thanks to SNEEUWSPORT VLAANDEREN!
Please, do cheer when you see Joost flying by at speeds over 200 km/h – the push of your breath might actually make the difference for him to break the Belgian record!