World Ski Championships

Data processing

For the first time in skiing history, a data processing device was introduced. The system certainly was primitive if compared with today's standards, but for 1970 it was a genuine innovation. Within tenth of seconds, jury members, media, spectators, and the Organizing Committee were informed of times, standings, and other data. The computer was located in Munich, at a distance of 280 km, and data were transmitted and returned digitally and online by radio waves and cable. At the same time, various telewriters installed at the finish, in the media centers and in the race office showed times and results which were also made available on monitors spread throughout the various areas.