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Olympic Channel Debuts Series in VR and 360-degree-Video

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Olympic Channel Debuts Series in VR and 360-degree-Video

Taking viewers inside the world of Olympic hopefuls who have their sights set on competing at the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018, the seven-episode series "Trending Gold" allows fans to experience first-hand the life of an athlete in virtual reality (VR). The series debuts on the Olympic Channel global digital platform which is available worldwide at olympicchannel.com and on its mobile apps.

"Trending Gold" is the Olympic Channel’s first Original Series and content to be filmed entirely in 360 VR, and was produced exclusively for the Olympic Channel by Jaunt. The multi-part series also features additional immersive content including 360-degree video, behind-the-scenes episodes and other short-form videos available on the global platform. Full episodes are best viewed in VR and will be available on many major VR headset systems, as well as the Jaunt mobile app.

“Trending Gold is an innovative new series that uses technologies such as virtual reality and 360-degee video to bring viewers inside the personal worlds of several winter athletes creating an immersive and engaging experience for our fans,” said Mark Parkman, General Manager of the IOC’s global Olympic Channel. “Finding new ways to connect the stories behind our sports with our audiences through new series like Trending Gold is a key strategy as we continue to evolve the Olympic Channel global platform.”

"Trending Gold" features nine athletes and Olympic hopefuls representing six countries across four different sports including snowboard big air, alpine skiing, short track speedskating and bobsleigh. The series allows viewers to immerse themselves into how these driven athletes train and prepare for the chance to compete at an Olympic Games through compelling VR storytelling.

Athletes Include:

  • Snowboard big air: Jamie Anderson (USA), Max Parrot (CAN)
  • Bobsleigh: Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga (Nigerian bobsleigh team – the first ever Continental African team to compete in this event.)
  • Alpine Ski: Luca Aerni (SUI), Ilka Stuhec (Slovenia)
  • Short track speed skating: Ye Jin Kim and Dae Heon Hwang (KOR) (1/18)

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