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The Dallas Cowboys Will Use Virtual Reality to Train Their Quarterbacks

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Are you ready for some (virtual) football?

According to a report by tech site Re/code, the Dallas Cowboys have signed a two-year deal with StrivR, a sports-focused virtual reality lab. The team will employ the lab’s headset and platform to train its quarterbacks to make better, well, snap decisions.

By putting on a headset, players can watch 3-D video of plays from the quarterback’s point of view—multiple times, from any direction. StrivR's program isn’t interactive—yet—but “it aims to teach quarterbacks decision-making skills in the context of a real play,” Re/code explains. As an added bonus, quarterbacks won’t have to depend on the rest of the team’s presence to practice their quick-thinking.

StrivR was developed by former Stanford University player Derek Belch. His alma mater adopted the headsets this past season and saw QB Kevin Hogan’s stats improve almost immediately. Pre-StrivR, Hogan completed 64 percent of his passes and averaged 24 points a game. At the end of the season, after using the set regularly for about 20 minutes before games, Hogan was completing 76 percent of his passes and averaging 38 points a game.

Stanford’s Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys aren’t the only teams looking to put virtual reality to work for them; the University of Arkansas, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Auburn and Dartmouth have all signed on to make StrivR a regular part of their quarterback training, too.

[h/t Re/code, Fast Company

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6 New Events Will Debut At This Year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang
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It’s that time again! The 2018 Winter Olympic Games will kick off in PyeongChang, South Korea on February 9, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is adding a handful of new events to the festivities. In 2014, 12 new events—including Men’s and Women’s Ski Half-Pipe and Biathlon Mixed Relay—were added to make the Sochi Games more challenging and exciting. This year, six new events will make their debut in PyeongChang.

Here’s what’s new for 2018: While it started out as an X-Games event, extreme athletes will now get their chance to win gold medals in Men’s and Women’s Snowboard Big Air, which sees competitors performing their best spins and tricks after launching off a large (about 160 feet) ramp. For the first time, the Alpine skiing Nations Team Event will make its debut; the event features mixed teams of two men and two women going head-to-head in a series of downhill slalom races in a best-of-four competition.

Next up, Men’s and Women’s Speed Skating Mass Start features a maximum of 28 athletes in a 16-lap race, where all participants start at the same time with winner-takes-all stakes. Speed Skating Mass Start first appeared during the Lake Placid games in 1932, but has sat out the Winter Olympics in the 85 years since, so it's prepared to make a triumphant return.

Lastly, there's Curling Mixed Doubles. The new event consists of teams of two, a man and a woman, competing in a curling match with eight ends and five stones, instead of the traditional 10 and eight, respectively. In addition, there’s a 22-minute limit to get a team’s stones closest to the center button of the house.

The Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games will air on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Friday, February 9, 2018.

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Watch These Surfers Crush Nantucket's 'Slurpee' Waves
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Instead of hunkering down with Netflix and hot chocolate during the East Coast’s recent cold snap, surfers Nick Hayden and Jamie Briard spent the first few days of January 2018 conquering icy waves in Nantucket, Massachusetts. The frothy swells resembled a frozen 7-Eleven Slurpee, so photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh, a friend of the athletes, grabbed his camera to capture the phenomenon, according to deMilked.

The freezing point for salt water is 28.4°F, but undulating ocean waves typically move too much for ice particles to form. At Nantucket’s Nobadeer Beach, however, conditions were just right for a thick layer of frost to form atop the water’s surface for several hours. Some of the slushy crests were even surfable before melting after about three hours, Nimerfroh told Live Science.

This is the second time Nimerfroh has photographed so-called “Slurpee waves." He captured a similar scene on February 27, 2015, telling The New York Times, “I saw these crazy half-frozen waves. Usually on a summer day you can hear the waves crashing, but it was absolutely silent. It was like I had earplugs in my ears.”

Check out Nimerfroh’s video of surfers enjoying the icy swell below.

[h/t deMilked]

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