How Intel Is Using VR Storytelling This Winter Olympics


Intel VR 2018 Winter Olympics

Intel has been dropping jaws with its drone display at the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, even if the weather meant pre-recording the spectacle, and its continuing virtual reality coverage of the games.

Intel will also make history during the Winter Olympics by powering the largest-scale virtual reality Winter Olympics event to-date. Together with rights-holding broadcasters, Intel will capture a record 30 Olympic events that will live on the NBC Sports VR app for all fans to experience as if they were there.

Intel’s VR storytelling includes a digital video series, “Experience the Moment,” profiling the heartwarming journeys of four competing athletes in virtual reality.

Intel used its True VR technology to tell the stories of ice hockey-competing sisters Marissa (Korea) and Hannah (U.S.) Brandt, Team Japan snowboarder Ayuma Hirano and China’s short-track speed skater Fan Kexin, all sharing their moments of triumph and perseverance that led them to the Games:

Through the power of Intel VR technology, family, friends and fans worldwide can experience the magic of the Olympic Games as if they are directly in the action themselves.

“One of the hardest parts of competing at this level is being on the road, away from friends and family,” said Hannah Brandt, U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey.

“I’m so lucky to be competing in my first Olympic Winter Games alongside my sister, Marissa, who is also a first-time Olympian. For both of us, it’s been amazing to use Intel technology to stay connected with our parents, friends and even fans around the world. The fact they’ll be able to use this technology to experience the games right here with us as we go for gold in PyeongChang makes it even more special.”