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…