Eurosport teamed up with US alpine skier Bode Miller to create its first 360-degree highlights reel, from the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek in the US state of Colorado.
The aim of the one-off project was to capture an authentic experience of what it is like to step into the skis of the experienced skier. Miller is an Olympic Games and World Championship gold medal-winner and a two-time World Cup champion.
With two rigs attached to Miller’s equipment, and each rig carrying two cameras and a 220-degree fish eye lens, Eurosport’s production team has stitched together the final footage, which is available to view online.
Ahead of the filming with Miller, the technology was tested by Eurosport in the Austrian skiing resort of Soelden, which hosted the opening round of the 2015-16 World Cup season.
The 360-degree project is supported by Eurosport’s on-site production team as well as Discovery’s creative agency, D Agency, the United States Ski and Snowboarding Association, the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the Vail Valley Foundation.
“Eurosport’s goal is to fuel the passion of our viewers, and this innovative project will take them closer to the action than ever before on one of skiing’s most famous slopes,” said Arnaud Simon, Eurosport’s senior vice president content and production.
“In creating Eurosport’s first 360-degree highlights reel with the assistance of our project partners and a true great, Bode Miller, we are aiming to tell a unique story and provide unrivalled insight into the emotions that pulse through such an exhilarating journey.”
The video supports Eurosport’s live coverage of the FIS World Cup event at Beaver Creek.