Apple Watch sightings on Olympic athletes?

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  1. upintheclouds macrumors member

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    Just curious if anyone has seen any athletes wearing an Apple Watch?
     
  2. JayLenochiniMac, Aug 15, 2016
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    Cellular turned off on iPhone (to avoid expensive roaming charges) = little use of the AW.

    Home might be a different story.
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    I have not seen any Apple Watches. I have seen ALOT of Garmins and a few Fit-Bits.
     
  4. DblHelix macrumors regular

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    Saw one of the gymnastics coaches wearing one
     
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    I would expect Garmin to be the most popular choice for serious athletes. The Apple Watch isn't really designed to compete in that product category.
     
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    Ditto on the gymnastics coach.

    Simone Manuel was wearing a SGS w/ WSB in her interview with Hannah Storm. That may have been recorded pre-Rio though.
     
  7. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    Coming from an Apple Watch owner, no, the Apple Watch would not be the appropriate device for an Olympian athlete. The Apple Watch is more intended as an in between for a notification device and a basic health Watch at this point. More of a heart rate monitoring device at best with goal settings.

    Garmin's are more intended for more physical fitness options.
     
  8. fabio.lordelo macrumors member

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    Why would there be no reception in Rio?
    I'm in Rio and the 4g coverage here is very good.
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Most people traveling abroad turn it off in order to avoid expensive international charges, and athletes are no exception (most of them aren't weathly and just get by). I wasn't actually saying there is no reception in Rio.
     
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    There was a badminton coach who was wearing one.
     
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    I haven't seen any athletes wearing the Apple Watch but the men's 400m winner broke the world record wearing a $800,000 Richard Mille watch. :eek:
     
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    You clearly said no reception in RIO, we are expected to read expensive reception.
     
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    They kept showing Michael Phelps mom and girlfriend and baby. His girlfriend had one with white band. Lots of air time lol
     
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    I've seen tons of the coaches and support staff wearing Apple Watches. I'm not sure why any of the competitors would be wearing during the actual games though. I'm sure plenty of them wear Apple Watches behind the scenes, but remember that the Olympics at this point is more of a advertising platform so I'm sure there are clauses regarding what athletes are allowed to wear during actual competition.
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    You're aware of how much infrastructure building goes on for the Olympic village right? You think while they were laying fiber and every other type of utility they didn't bother setting up cell towers??
     
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    I've seen them on coaches, families, and announcers, but not on athletes. No notable watches except for the Richard Mille mentioned earlier.
     
  18. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    I'll edit to say cellular turned off.
     
  19. sean000 macrumors 6502a

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    That's a strikingly handsome watch, but honestly it looks very difficult to read. I guess I will pass on it :p
     
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    Yeah she was wearing whilst competing in the kyacking events
     
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    Denise Lewis and Paula Radcliffe both seem to be wearing one when presenting for the BBC. I think I saw a cycling coach wearing one too in the velodrome.

    Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake also seemed to be wearing one during his 200m heat.
     
  22. TRICKorDEVICE macrumors 6502a

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    One of the Women's gymnastics coaches was wearing one.

    Also, Alex Morgan was wearing one. With the limited edition USA nylon watch band.
     
  23. Krabba macrumors regular

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    Speaking of which, here is Ryan Lochte wearing his before his escape.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Looks pretty cool these limited bands
     
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    Agreed. The woven nylon band makes a lot of good marketing opportunities possible since they can produce some special themed bands for big events. The nylon band is priced just low enough to encourage people to buy limited release collectible bands. It's the kind of marketing that can have a surprisingly strong impact. Even if someone doesn't like the look of the special edition band, it certainly makes them notice what it is attached to.

    Did Apple produce this Ryan Lochte photo? It certainly looks like an ad for Apple or Ralph Lauren. Talk about product placement!
     

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