The Science of the Winter Olympics

Here at Untamed Science, we are big fans of including sports in our science videos. We’ve done this in the past with kayaking, skydiving, and cycling, to name a few. With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics rolling around, we thought we’d look at some really fun Olympic science. To do that, we’ve teamed up with Brain Craft and The Curious Engineer to create the ultimate Olympic Science Playlist. Here is the first one, an introduction from me:

And just in case your playlist is not working, here are the others. Mine is about the science of altitude training:

BrainCraft asked how brain training improves athletic performance. In typical BrainCraft fashion, Vanessa went about using paper cutouts to show a really cool research project. Here she looked at the science of visualization. In my past life as a competitive swimmer, I remember doing this on cool-down days with the team at the pool. I always wondered if there was science behind it; apparently there is!

I wrapped it all up with a look at how our bodies can fly in the wind! (And don’t think I wasn’t trying to find an excuse to get into the wind tunnel one more time.) I need to say a special thanks to Derek Perkowski for letting me use some of his footage. He’s an amazing guy. Thanks, Derek.

Hope you enjoyed these Olympic science videos!

Written by Rob Nelson

Rob is an ecologist from the University of Hawaii. He is the co-creator and director of Untamed Science. His goal is to create videos and content that are entertaining, accurate, and educational. When he's not making science content, he races whitewater kayaks and works on Stone Age Man.

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