Advanced composite technologies will boost the performance of Olympic athletes in Rio this summer.

This summer, more than 1,000 athletes will descend upon Rio de Janeiro to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics. From August 5-21, spectators will be riveted by displays of athleticism across a number of sports. While the athletes’ accomplishments are significant, spectators may be unaware that advanced composite technology aids these competitors in their remarkable demonstrations of speed, strength and skill. Let’s take a look at composites in nine key sporting areas.

velodrome racing bike rio 2016 olympics

Streamlined track bikes rely on a carbon fiber frame and disc wheels to achieve the light weight required for velodrome racing. Photo Credit: Felt Racing LLC