Discovery HD reveals secrets of Olympic super-athletes

Miracle Body uses high-tech HD cameras to offer a new and curious perspective on the world of sports, focusing on the techniques of some of the world's best athletes.

A new series that analyzes how athletes like eight-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps perform feats of athleticism is being launched by Discovery HD.

Miracle Body, which premieres on Sunday, Sept 7 at 9 pm ET/PT, uses the latest in camera technology – HD spider cams, high-speed HD multi-viewpoint systems and underwater HD cameras – to examine four types of athletic motion: running, jumping, swimming and reactions.

The first one-hour segment of Miracle Body, ‘World’s Strongest Swimmers,’ uncovers the secret of Olympic champion Michael Phelps’ swimming movements to find what elements make him the fastest swimmer there is.

‘World’s Fastest Runners,’ the second segment of the series, follows Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell’s body movements with high-speed cameras to discover the secrets behind his speed. The segment airs on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 10 pm ET/PT.

The episode skedded for Sunday, Sept. 14 at 9pm ET/PT, is ‘World’s Highest Jumpers.’ It focuses on beginner jumper Donald Thomas and Olympic gold medallist in Athens Stefan Holm, comparing the performance of a rookie competitor to a highly trained athlete by looking at their respective high jump techniques.

The fourth and final segment of the documentary series, ‘Beyond the Limits,’ focuses on the full potential of human reaction. Airing on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 10 pm ET/PT, it will follow a baseball player, a Japanese kendo champion and a boxer to uncover how the brain processes with lightning-quick reaction time.