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Athletes of Sprongo – Mikaela Shiffrin

As a Video Analysis platform, we are lucky enough to have some amazing athletes using our Sprongo platform to help them achieve success! One of our top athletes is Mikaela Shiffrin. Mikaela is an American Alpine Ski Racer with the US Ski Team. She has won multiple Skiing World Championships and won an Olympic gold medal at only 18. She is the youngest slalom champion in Olympic Alpine skiing history! In light of Mikaela Shiffrin winning the Serge Lang Trophy (also knows as the  Skieur d’Or Award) for this year, we would like to take you through some of Mikaela’s biggest achievements over her athletic career. Early Comings Mikaela is in fact the daughter of two ski racers, growing up with the snow sport at a young age. When she was only 8, she had already become a talented ski racer. She joined the ski team at the Burke Mountain Academy…

Athletes of Sprongo – Sarah Sjostrom

As a Video Analysis platform, we are lucky enough to have some amazing athletes using our Sprongo platform to help them achieve success! One of our top athletes is Sarah Sjostrom. Sarah is a Swedish World Record Swimmer, specializing in butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle, however its pretty safe to say – she is incredibly exceptional in her butterfly races. She is a holder of multiple World Records – in the 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle, 200 meter freestyle, 50 meter butterfly, and the 100 meter butterfly. Not to mention, she is the first Swedish woman to ever win an Olympic Gold Medal in Swimming. If you think she can’t get better than this.. you are utterly wrong. Read on! Her International Breakout At the age of just 14, Sarah won her very first international gold medal  in the Women’s 100m butterfly at the 2008 European Championships. She even broke the Swedish…

Introducing Burke Mountain Academy’s JP Daigneault

Burke Mountain Academy (BMA) is a leading ski racing academy located in Vermont, USA. BMA differentiates itself on the strength of its community, enabling it to focus on providing passionate ski racers the ability to pursue their academic and athletic potential. Burkies focus on hard work, and the school challenges students to risk failure and learn from success. Burke Mountain Academy has an accomplished and talented staff, recently hiring a friend of ours – JP Daigneault – as Head Coach for the Men’s FIS program earlier this year. Daigneault has previously worked as Program Director at Northwood School, and has held high-level coaching positions at Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS), BC and Quebec Provincial teams in Canada.  Daigneault had a pretty outstanding athletic career of his own having been captain of the Dartmouth Alpine Ski Team and a four-time All-American NCAA Division I skier, in addition to racing for the Canadian team at World Juniors…

Sprongo Video Features – Overlay, Side-by-Side, Merging, Trimming & More!

Sprongo has many video features on its platform to help you analyse and compare your videos. There are quite a few of them so lets break them down for one by one and explain how and why you should use each feature. Side by Side This Tool allows you to view two videos at the same time, effectively helping you determine differences and similarities of techniques and movements between the two videos. To use the tool, simply click on the ‘VS’ icon that appears at the bottom right of one of the  videos you want to compare. Clicking on ‘VS’ prompts you to select a second video you want to compare and will bring you to a page the views both videos side by side. This is where you can play both videos at the same time, increase or decrease the speed and overlay your videos. Overlay The Overlay Tool…

Tutorial: Video Tagging & Archiving

The Sprongo Archiving & Tagging tool makes storing your videos and finding them so much easier. Sprongo allows you to archive an unlimited amount of videos so that you can store and look back at them at any time. When archiving these videos you have the option of saving them with relevant keywords and tags that you choose to save it with. This makes it easier to find certain videos when you need them. Tagging and Archiving in Sprongo is relatively easy but here’s a few steps and tips on how to best use the tool. 1. To add a video to your archive, simply click on the ‘Editing And Uploading Video’ icon on your Profile Page. 2. You can also add other videos to your archive (i.e. videos from your Team Groups) by clicking on the settings button at the bottom of the video and selecting ‘Add to Playlist’.…

Video Analysis Checklist – How to take your videos to the next level

I think we can all agree that videos are at the heart of video analysis (If it isn’t obvious already!). So making sure that your videos are taken efficiently, appropriately, and avidly are essential in getting the most out of video analysis. Carle Valle of SimpliFaster helps us explain a few things we should check off our list in order to capture videos that help us do this: Invest in a good camera Now, this is not to say that you can’t use a smartphone, however, for efficiency purposes, investing in a good camera can go a long way. Although having a good quality camera allows you to capture better quality videos, this isn’t the main reason why you should invest in one. It actually allows you to be both the coach and videographer at the same time – without having to be in two places at once. Most good…

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