Science of the Winter Olympics – Short Track Speed Skating

♪music♪ LESTER HOLT, Anchor: The U.S. Speed Skating team has two best hopes against a powerful South Korean team that took three of a possible four golds in Torino–Apolo Ohno and J.R. Celski, an 18-year old world champion in his first Olympics. Speed Skating is all about force and movement, what in physics are known…

Science of the Winter Olympics – Slapshot (Hockey)

♪music♪ LESTER HOLT, anchor: One of the most popular team sports at the Winter Olympics is hockey. More than just a physical game, for scientists like The Exploratorium’s Thomas Humphrey, a physicist funded by the National Science Foundation, hockey is a showcase for physics on ice–especially when it comes to hockey’s hardest shot: the slap…

Science of the Winter Olympics – Cross-Country Skiing, Internal Athlete

♪music♪ LESTER HOLT, anchor: The United States hasn’t won an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing since 1976, but in 2010, several skiers hope to change that. If they’re successful, you can be certain it’s due to their incredible endurance. As Olympic athletes, trainers, and a sports scientist and chemist funded by the National Science Foundation…

Science of the Winter Olympics – Downhill Science

♪music♪ LESTER HOLT, anchor: In February, Olympic skiers will race down Vancouver’s Whistler Mountain at speeds of up to 90 miles an hour. Watch as scientists and researchers funded by the National Science Foundation explain the physics of this downhill thrill ride. ♪music♪ TED LIGETY (U.S. Ski Team – Alpine): You’re trying to go as…

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….

Science of the Winter Olympics – Bobsledding

♪music♪ LESTER HOLT, anchor: The Winter Games in Vancouver provide a chance for the United States four-man bobsled team to win its first gold medal in more than sixty years. Team members and an Olympic bobsled designer with help from a materials science researcher and a sports scientist funded by the National Science Foundation explain…

Science of the Winter Olympics – Snowboarding

♪music♪ LESTER HOLT, Anchor: The stakes are high for the snowboarders in Vancouver, as they try to master new tricks to unseat the star of Torino, American Shaun White. But to get “max air” off the half-pipe without losing their balance, they might want to check out this experiment that Paul Doherty, a physicist funded…

Science of the Winter Olympics Figure Skating

♪music♪ LESTER HOLT, Anchor: Every four years, we watch the stakes for Olympic figure skaters get higher, as they try to increase rotation in the air with their triple axels and quadruple toe loops. How do they do that? It’s a scientific principle that we asked Olympic hopeful Rachael Flatt and Deborah King, a sports…