The science behind sport: how Dow is helping make Pyeongchang 2018 highly advanced and sustainable

23 Feb 2018

From Lightweight composites for more advanced luge sleds to energy-efficient insulation in multiple facilities, Worldwide TOP Partner Dow supports the Olympic Winter Games with dozens of sustainable and high-performance solutions, developed at the intersection of sport and science.


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“Nothing inspires and unifies the world like the Olympic Games – a global stage that presents and celebrates human excellence in motion to an audience of billions,” said Louis A. Vega, Vice President, Dow Olympic and Sports Solutions and President and Managing Director, Dow Australia and New Zealand. “As a Worldwide Olympic Partner and the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games, and the Official Carbon Partner of the IOC, Dow is proud to support the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 with high-performance, sustainable technologies that demonstrate the powerful connection between sport and science.”

On the field of play

With advanced materials, manufacturing and in-lab and on-track testing, Dow collaborates with Team USA Luge engineers to develop sleds that are more advanced, more tuned and precise, helping athletes to focus less on correction and more on speed and agility during competition.

The Olympic Sliding Centre also uses Dow insulation technologies to maintain the cold temperature and consistency of the ice for the luge, bobsleigh, and skeleton competitions. In addition, three of the ice skating venues in the Gangneung Coastal Cluster use Dow heat transfer fluids to maintain ice surface temperatures and consistent skating dynamics during ice hockey and speed skating events.

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Off the field of play

The average temperature in PyeongChang in February is relatively cold. Dow is helping improve the overall efficiency and comfort of the Games’ built environment. For warmth, energy efficiency and overall comfort, the walls and roofs of the Olympic Village, modular housing for driver accommodations, and other buildings feature advanced polyisocyanurate and glass wool panels for insulation and silicone sealants fill and seal the gaps between walls, doors, and window frames.

The slabs and roofs of the Olympic Plaza, and the International Broadcast Centre are protected from costly water damage by Dow’s waterproof solutions, including polyurethane and polyurea coating technologies.

All mattresses using polyurethane slab foam at the Olympic Games feature advanced polyurethane technology from Dow to offer high levels of comfort and durability to help Winter Olympic athletes and staff sleep in comfortable conditions and help them perform at their very best.

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On the road to the games

Parts of the Yeongdong Expressway connecting Seoul with PyeongChang are now marked with traffic paint powered by an advanced, waterborne quick-set technology from Dow that helps road authorities dramatically reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.

Dow and the Olympic Games

A Worldwide Olympic Partner, the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games, and the Official Carbon Partner of the International Olympic Committee, The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions.

With a long heritage of innovation and leadership in both high-performance sports and sustainability solutions, Dow has been a supplier of technologies for the Olympic Games since 1980.

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