The Winter Olympics are an amazing time to step away from our day to day routine and support your country and favourite athletes. Whether it is bobsled, skating, skiing or hockey, every sport provides a ton of excitement to watch the top athletes in the world compete.
Fortunately, the Canadian and US Olympic broadcasters, CBC and NBC through their Science Says and NBC Learn programs have developed some fun and interesting videos to learn about the science of the Olympics. We have noted our favourites below including the science topics they cover.
1) The Science of Stretching and Warming Up (Aerobic Capacity, Muscle memory, Energy)
2) Can Music Improve Athletic Performance? (Psychology, Brain functioning)
3) The Science of Skates (Friction, Heat)
4) Downhill Skiing and Gravity (Gravity, Force, Acceleration, Friction)
5) How do Competition Suits Work? (Aerodynamics, Friction, Wind resistance)
6) Science Friction: Curling (Friction, Momentum exchange)
7) Math and Sports (Motion, Velocity, Calculus, Arithmetic)