The 20 Biggest Tech Advancements in Sports History

Lighter, Flatter Track Shoes

Year Introduced: 1950s
Sport: Track and field

The changes to track shoes have been subtle over the years, but even the smallest additions can help when the difference between first and last can be just one or two seconds. Through years of testing and experience, athletes and sports scientists have worked to find the perfect blend of light-weight shoes with optimal grip that allows you to hit the corners harder and faster. Usain Bolt uses synthetic microfibers and smoother spike plates to help him get the job done.

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