The Science Behind Winter Olympic Sports

The Winter Olympics in Sochi are drawing to a close but the heroics of the athletes will inspire a new generation of Winter Olympians. For Team GB the successes of Lizzy Yarnold in skeleton, Jenny Jones in slopestyle snowboarding, and both of our curling teams have created a definite buzz.

But before diving down a mountain on a tea tray it’s worth considering from first principles what you’re letting yourself in for. It could save a few broken bones. Here I’ve collated videos on the science behind some of the winter sports. From the role of friction in curling to the use of torque in freestyle skiing. Forces such as these will be your friend and your enemy in your chosen sport.

Curling

Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding
Skeleton

Speed Skating

Slopestyle


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