A recent story on the safety of glass from the 2017 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, focused on the new “balconies” of the Games that were unveiled.
A quick Google search turned up the following: “Balconies are a new product from the Olympic Games that will protect athletes and spectators during the games, while keeping them safe,” reported The New York Times.
“Balances glass so that it does not shatter, but still gives the illusion of being stable, said Richard Korte, president of the American Association of University Optometry (AAUP) and one of the leading experts on glass safety.
‘You can’t really go in there and have it not shatter,’ he said.
‘But if you break it in the middle of the games you lose your ability to see what’s going on.
‘There’s no safety guarantee, but we’re seeing more and more people say, ‘I’m not wearing it.’
The glass was installed by the New York-based company Corning Inc. The two “pods” have two openings that allow the glass to “slightly” bend, while also providing a “soft, flexible surface” for the athletes to sit on. “
One of the first “ballets” was a pair of double-sided glass “podiums” that the Olympic officials installed for the Games.
“It’s not like the Olympic arena where people are in their seats, and you’re just watching. “
The athletes get a lot more out of this experience,” said Corning CEO Michael Corrigan.
“It’s not like the Olympic arena where people are in their seats, and you’re just watching.
This is more like an entertainment venue.”
A second “ballet” that was also part of the “policing” for those events included two “pillars” that could be raised or lowered in order to allow the athletes’ bodies to adjust to their weight.
The pillars were also positioned to be “closer to the body than you might see in an Olympic venue.”
“The key thing about these products is that they’re flexible, and they can easily be adjusted to fit your body,” said Kortes, adding that “there’s a whole spectrum of comfort” from “a little bit of support” to “an extremely comfortable place.”
“It can’t hurt, but there are certain things that it will hurt more than others,” said a person familiar with the “balco” brand of glass.
The “balcos” were also featured prominently in the 2018 Winter Olympics, where they were featured on the walls of the main arena, and at the top of the podium.
In a press release, the New Orleans Pelicans announced that it had partnered with Corning on the “Balcos” and that the new product “is designed for people who want to maintain their fitness while in a performance setting.”
The “Balco” product is made from glass that can be “flexed, rolled, and folded to create a unique shape,” according to Corrigan’s website.
The company claims that the “formula for this glass is the same as that of a cushion, which allows the body to move in an upright position.”
The product is also available for purchase in a variety of sizes.
It costs $4.99 for a single glass ball, or $4,799 for a pair.
A single ball is 6.3 inches long and 2.9 inches wide, while a pair is 8.4 inches long.
Corrigan did not respond to a request for comment.
The product also features a special cushioning, or “pivot cushion,” that is “designed to help people maintain their balance in an event, whether in a stadium or in a gym,” according a press statement.
The video below from the U.S. Paralympics demonstrates how the “cushion” can be used to help with balance during a competition.
“In the event of an accident or injury, this cushion will cushion the body and help stabilize the head and neck.
It also helps the athlete maintain balance,” the video reads.
“This cushion is designed to be used during the Paralympic Games, and we’re excited to see how this technology will be used by athletes during the 2020 Paralympian Games.”
The new “Balcys” are available at a variety online retailers, including Amazon.
The products will cost $9.99 and $11.99, respectively.
“There’s a huge difference between a piece of glass and a cushioned ball,” Korts said.
“When we designed these products, we didn’t expect that the athletes would be the only ones who use them, so it’s important that we understand what the consumers want.”