POSTED: January 25th 2017

Budapest 2024 brings Olympic sport to life

© Budapest 2024
© Budapest 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Visitors to Budapest will have the opportunity to take in a unique new exhibition that offers all ages a chance to win Olympic gold using state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR).

'The Champion' is a VR experience that transports each person onto the field of play using the most modern technology. Participants are able to understand how it truly feels to compete in an elite sport. Along with the VR, the exhibition includes high-tech installations like cinematic wall-projections, which sometimes are in stereoscopic 3D slow-motion, and multilayer 3D holographic experiences.

Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion gymnast, Krisztián Berki commented, "At the Champion Exhibition people can have a deeper look at the world of sports. If after visiting they choose any of the sports to do, they can only make a good decision."

The exhibition was developed with the co-operation of Budapest 2024 and 49 top Hungarian athletes. Anyone from the age of 8 to 99 can immerse themselves in colorful worlds using sports science to allow them to test their skills in over 20 interactive sports. From javelin to fencing, boxing to rafting, one can choose from various Olympic sports. Participants can even become part of the national football team at Euro 2016 for two minutes.

Three-time Hungarian Olympic water polo champion, Tibor Benedek stated, "These kind of exhibitions can help a lot to bring more young people into sport, and the possibility of an Olympic Games in Budapest can also help a lot. Who knows, maybe a child will find the sport of his or her dreams here, and be an athlete at the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Budapest."

Throughout their time, visitors can measure their performance using their NFC bracelet that records all their goals, results, and points. At the end, the bracelet will show a personalized evaluation of their time at the exhibition.

In addition, visitors to the exhibition can learn about the discipline and science behind the sports including training schedules and athlete diets. They can also explore a collection of never before seen footage in slow motion of top athletes in artistic movies shot by Chris Bryan, who is an award-winning cinematographer.

"It is our common responsibility to provide our children with the possibility to have a sporty and healthy life," expressed Benedek

'The Champion' is designed to be a traveling exhibition that will continue on a global tour later this year but has opened in Budapest as part of the city's bidding efforts for the 2024 Olympics.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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