Pocket Radar Classic Model is a Helpful Training Tool for U.S. Skeleton Teams Gearing up for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

by Tyler Scaturro February 07, 2014

U.S. Skeleton Head Coach, Tuffy Latour, using his Pocket Radar Classic to measure start speeds.


The world will be watching this month, as one of the most exciting events that occurs every 4 years takes place, the Olympic Winter Games.  The XXII Winter Olympics will feature Men and Women from different nations across the world competing in many different sports including ice hockey, luge, alpine skiing, ski jumping, curling, speed skating, snowboarding, bobsled, figure skating, skeleton and many more.  Thousands of the best athletes in these sports will descend upon Sochi, Russia for two weeks trying to bring home an Olympic medal they have trained their entire life for.  To accomplish this goal, they spend hours every day training and pushing their bodies to be in peak shape.

One of these athletes who has put in long hours of training and practice hoping to bring home an Olympic medal is Kyle Tress, of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Skeleton team.  Having been been part of the U.S. National Skeleton team since 2002, this will be his first Olympics appearance as part of the 3-man skeleton crew.  A talented athlete, Kyle is also an accomplished programmer and web developer, movie/television extra and well-traveled scholar.  Please visit: About Kyle Tress for a more detailed bio on his website.

Like any other athlete, Kyle is always looking for new innovative ways to improve his level of performance and stay ahead of the competition.  That’s why in April of 2013, as he was trying to make the Olympic Skeleton team for the first time, he reached out to us looking for a helpful training tool to aid with himself and his teammates’ sprint and push training.  As a company always looking for new ways to showcase the speed measurement capabilities of the Classic Pocket Radar™, we were happy to help out Kyle and Team USA with their training.

Here is what Kyle has to say about the Pocket Radar being a helpful training tool leading up to the Olympics:

“Skeleton is timed to the hundredth of a second, so every advantage helps. While the timing system on the track gives us some feedback, it’s incomplete. With Pocket Radar, we can measure our speed wherever we want on the track, from our acceleration at the start to crucial corners at the bottom. The data we get back helps us make better decisions for our sled setups and driving lines. The Pocket Radar is an invaluable piece of technology that’s making us better every race, and helping us prepare for the Olympics in Sochi.”

U.S. Skeleton Team Member, Kyle Tress, gearing up for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

U.S. Skeleton Team Head Coach, Tuffy Latour, using his Pocket Radar in practice.

We would like to wish Kyle and his teammates the best of luck at the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.  Bring home the Gold!

Please make sure you Like Kyle on Facebook and Follow him on Twitter for updates and information.

Make sure to Click Here to discover more about Kyle and his teammates, and the schedule for when the Men’s and Women’s Skeleton teams compete.


Tyler Scaturro
Tyler Scaturro

Brand Manager (2012 - current)

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