Welding for the Olympics

Unfortunately, we didn’t see competing welders in the summer 2021 Olympics, but that doesn’t mean that welding wasn’t present! While it’s not yet a sport, it plays a huge role in setting up the tracks that allow for Olympic competitions! While there is a range of applications useful for supporting the games, the winter games simply couldn’t happen without skilled welders. From creating the ski jumps and sleds to creating the luge tracks, welding takes center stage! Read on for more info.

RINGING IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS

Sometimes, there’s not a lot of lead time for the fabrication of Olympic tracks. Frequently, welders need to be efficient, thorough, and fast when they’re told what needs to be built. Bobsledding courses, obviously, need to be built both seamlessly and structurally sound. There’s no other fabrication method for the job but welding! But it’s not just the courses that are welded. The sleds must also be welded skillfully, offering lots of work for talented welders. Truly, welders need to be well-versed in their craft when building these, though, as the sleds are constructed of many different kinds of metals. This requires different welding techniques to ensure the seams are strong and the structure is well constructed.

AND BEYOND

When we think of welding, our minds go right to metal. But there’s so much more! Believe it or not, nano-technology welding was used in the fabrication of a swimsuit that worked a little too well at the Summer Olympics in 2018. So much so that officials decided to ban the suit, as it caused such a stir among countries that could not access the technology to create the incredible one for their athletes.

It’s always important to understand your hobby’s history. Want to learn more about welding and all of its applications? Sidney Lee Welding Supply is a great source! Stop by any of our five locations in and around Atlanta, GA and strike up a conversation with our team!