Irish gymnast Kieran Behan visited the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Olympic Park during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, taking a tour of the studio and experiencing Samsung’s latest wireless communications products such as Galaxy S7 / S7 edge and immersive technologies. Behan, who defied numerous barriers on his journey to the Olympic Games – including a tumor in his leg at age 10 and a brain injury from a gymnastics fall shortly after – greeted fans during his visit to the Galaxy Studio. Behan’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games bid unfortunately came to a close this week when he suffered a knee injury during the men’s all-around individual event.
The Samsung Galaxy Studio, which opened this week in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games, was specifically designed to help fans embrace the excitement of the Olympic Games and celebrate the Olympic spirit, enabling them to create, capture and share their own experiences. At the Galaxy Studio fans can demo immersive technologies such as a new kayaking experience using the Samsung Galaxy smartphone paired with Gear VR that simulates the exhilarating Olympic event, and an interactive Galaxy S7-guided tour in which visitors can experience the Galaxy ecosystem throughout the studio. Fans also have the opportunity to collect exclusive Rio 2016-themed pins, among many other experiences.
“The technology here in the Samsung Galaxy Studio is absolutely amazing,” said Behan, just the second Irish gymnast to qualify for the Olympic Games. “The VR is super cool – I really felt like I was kayaking. And I’m really excited about my Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition. It truly is a collector’s item.”.
Irish gymnast Kieran Behan tests out his Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition at Samsung Galaxy Studio in Olympic Park on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Samsung presented 12,500 Galaxy S7 edge Olympic Games Limited Edition to athletes competing in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Inside the social Galaxy room, Irish gymnast Kieran Behan was able to see his past Instagram moments come to life in full 360 at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday, August 10 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Irish gymnast Kieran Behan is all smiles as he experiences the high-speed thrill of kayaking through 4D motion virtual reality at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Olympic Park on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The film is displayed through the Samsung Galaxy smartphone and compatible gear.
Irish gymnast Kieran Behan sits in a 4D motion chair to experience the high-speed thrill of a roller coaster through a virtual reality film at the Samsung Galaxy Studio Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday, August 10 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The film is displayed through the Samsung Galaxy smartphone and Gear VR.
Irish gymnast Kieran Behan receives a gift of Samsung-themed Rio 2016 Olympic Games pins at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday, August 10.
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About Samsung’s Involvement in the Olympic Games
Samsung began its Olympic Games involvement as a local sponsor of the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. Beginning with the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games, the company extended its commitment to the Olympic Movement as the Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, providing its proprietary wireless communications platform, called Wireless Olympic Works (WOW), and mobile devices. These innovative mobile phone technologies provide the Olympic Family with real-time, user location-based information service, interactive communications, and Samsung Pay. Samsung hosts various Olympic campaigns to share the excitement of the Olympic Games with people around the world and enable everyone to participate in the Games through its innovative mobile technology. Samsung’s commitment as a Worldwide Olympic Partner continues through to Rio 2016, PyeongChang 2018, and Tokyo 2020.
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