Despite the pandemic and the newly spreading Delta variant, the 2020 Summer Olympics, held in Tokyo in 2021, have finally come to a close. There were a lot of highlights and some lows, but through it all Omega, Official Timekeeper of the Olympics, was omnipresent — timing with exact precision to one-millionth of a faction of a second.
Omega served as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Winter Games for the first time in 1936 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. A single technician was sent with just 27 Omega stopwatches. Today, Omega has developed timing equipment that almost changes the Games. Even though spectators were not allowed, Omega made sure that every sport was properly timed thanks to its state-of-the-art equipment, including Scan O’ Vision cameras that capture 10,000 digital images per second.
This year there were some interesting moments captured. The US women’s basketball team won its 7th consecutive gold medal, and the US women’s volleyball team won its first-ever gold medal. In fact, the United States won the most gold medals overall, with 39 golds in total – just beating China – and 113 medals overall. Interestingly enough, some of the top spots went to women. Allyson Felix, for instance, won her 10th (bronze) and 11th (gold) medal in track — making her the most decorated track athlete in history. In honor of the Olympics, Omega not only timed the events, but also created an important Olympic watch collection.