Science of the Winter Olympics – Ski Jumping

♪music♪ LESTER HOLT, anchor: This year, the U.S. team is a serious medal contender in Nordic Combined, a sport that combines ski jumping with cross-country skiing. U.S. hopefuls Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong, along with George Tuthill, a physicist funded by the National Science Foundation, explain the principles of physics behind the long, soaring jumps….

The Olympic Altitude Advantage

With the 2012 London Olympic games beginning in under a month many athletes have been hard at work, training day in and day out. But some endurance competitors have found a secret advantage… One that lurks high above sea levels and upon mountain tops. No, it’s not Julie Andrews, but rather the altitude itself. These…

On Pace w/ Pastrana: TORC & NASCAR | S2E7

[flamethrowers spitting fire] [truck engines roaring] [Travis] These guys are badass Rednecks, blowing things up, jumping things, flipping things. I’m coming and I’ll push you out of the way. My name is Travis Pastrana. ♪ [show theme] ♪ This is my wife. ♪ [show theme] ♪ This is where I’m going. [My Team] ♪ [show…

Massive 35m Kayak Drop from Keyhole Falls

It’s not deep at all so… Hold on for a minute, guys. We’re trying to make a call on how deep the waterfall is at the bottom. This place is too much! Oh, my god! Holy fucking shit! Jesus! Dude, I’m scared to look, dude! It’s six in the morning. Today is the big day….

The Human Slingshot – High Altitude Paragliding

Gravity acts as a kind of shackle that holds you to the ground. Being up there is actually sheer bliss. This is a project that started almost a year ago, when we had this idea of making a slingshot, which is a combination of acrobatic paragliding, which is our thing, and free fall. And also,…