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Samsung Partners with Team USA for VR Experience

Sports fans always want to get closer to the action, see what’s going on behind the scenes or how their favourite sports personalities train. For American fans of the Olympic Games, Team USA has partnered with Samsung for an up-close look at training for next years event, to coincide with the Road To Rio tour starting on July 4th.

The 2015 USOC Road to Rio Tour Virtual Reality Experience, USA Today writes, includes four videos captured using camera rigs capable of capturing 360-degree footage that offer a closer look at how athletes are preparing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The videos will be compatible with the Samsung Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) and available on Samsung Milk VR.

Some of the athletes involved are: pole vaulter Mary Saxer, gymnast John Orozco,  beach volleyball team members Lauren Fendrick & Brook Sweat and gold-medal winning diver David Boudia.

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“Being in a smaller sport like diving, it’s not seen very often,” said Boudia during an interview. “The average joe on the street doesn’t know what I do. Samsung was able to capture that perfectly.”

Boudia explains Samsung used a 360-degree camera rig to capture him diving from a 10-meter platform, which he says is equivalent to jumping from a three-story building. “They would put (the rig) over me, they dropped it along side of me, they got us under water. They got every single possible (angle).”

Matt Apfel, vice president of strategy and creative content at Samsung Media Solutions Center America states “The whole idea was making sure this action could unfold all around you.” Adding “You would have to turn your head and turn your body to really experience what these different sports are.”

VRFocus will be reporting on any further news about Gear VR and the The 2015 USOC Road to Rio Tour Virtual Reality Experience.