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 – 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…

Two Minute Guide to the Sport of Curling

Curling the game with the ice And the rocks And the sweeping And the yelling Each game starts with a handshake And a coin flip to determine who goes first Then two teams will take turns throwing 44 pound stones down a sheet of ice The target? A 12 foot house. It looks like a…