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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…

The Science of Bobsledding at the Olympics

Team USA’s four-man bobsledding team is hoping to win their first gold in more than 60 years during the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Bobsledding got its name in the 1890s in Switzerland because riders bobbed back and forth to increase their…
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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…