Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong claims Google Earth helped her win. The cyclist went to China in 2007 to scope out the route and took along her husband’s GPS unit. She was concerned about hype surrounding the "non-traditional" trail, which included a great deal of climbing.
She biked the route and tracked it using the GPS unit and then when she got home, used the data to find a similar training route.
Here’s part of her post on the Google Earth blog:
After returning home to Boise, Idaho, I exported the GPS data to several different formats, one of which I was able to launch with Google Earth. I was then able to trace the entire course from the comfort of my home half a world away and find a similar route to train on back in Boise. This capability along with having the elevation profile proved invaluable in my preparation for my Gold Medal race. It was also very nice to be able to show family members and friends the course from the excellent satellite views presented by Google Earth.
In July, Google launched a walking feature as part of its mapping service. It’s one of many ways to find a good running route, or a safer bike route to work. Check out my KWWL.com Extra on online mapping resources.
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This post was written by jjarvis on August 27, 2008