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Ice Skating - A Classic Lesson in Physics

The Olympics may be over, but teachers and parents are still using the science behind the games to educate children. Ice skating is a classic lesson in physics. When an ice skater spins, they are using angular momentum. In a spin, their arms…

Science Secrets of Curling - There's Something to All That Sweeping

Curling became an Olympic sport in 1998. It’s an unusual sport to many. The sport involves one player thrusting a huge “rock” or stone down a sheet of ice. Two other players sweep a path, guiding the rock to the center of the target called…

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's the Science of Olympic Ski Jumpers

Flying down a ramp at speeds over 60 miles per hour, jumping off the edge, gliding through the air and then landing two football fields away is what Olympic ski jumpers do everyday. Ski jumping requires a complex manipulation of forces –…

The Science of Figure Skating at the Olympics

Every four years, the stakes get higher for figure skaters at the Olympics as they try to increase rotation in the air with their triple axels and quadruple toe loops. Figure skating is one of the most demanding sports at the Olympics. It…
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Science of Snowboarding in the Olympics

Believe it or not, snowboarding is a study in potential and kinetic energy.  The athletes who maximize both kinds of energy are the ones on the medal podium at the Vancouver Olympics. Twelve years ago, snowboarding made its debut as an Olympic…