Steel equals strength and resistance. Steel is associated with the construction of infrastructure for Olympic stadiums and venues, but it is also key for the manufacture of sports equipment of numerous disciplines.
Over the last few weeks, we were able to observe that steel is present in many disciplines of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
These are five disciplines that involve the use of steel.
In the equestrian disciplines, steel is used in horseshoes for optimal adherence to the hoof, as well as in stirrups and horse tack suitable for competitive activities.
In gymnastics, steel is used in trampolines, giving them the necessary rebound.
In sailing, steel was one of the materials that contributed to the progress of this modality, as it was used in the manufacture of most of the equipment such as cables, winches, carabiners, anchors, among others.
In fencing, steel is present both in the weapons used and in the protective clothing or uniform. The jackets, plastrons, gloves and masks used by fencers are made of steel mesh, which ensures mechanical resistance and protection against blows.
In Olympic cycling, steel is present in elements that need resistant, soft and light material such as brake cables.