Science-- there's something for everyone

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Just for fun: Olympic style!

I'm not a big sports fan, but I love the Olympics. It's like a sampler platter of sports. Perhaps you'd like a bit of short track speed skating? Ooh, snowboard cross looks fun! 

That doesn't mean there isn't a lot of science involved. Take figure skating, for example. Jim Richards of the University of Delaware and his team use motion capture and computer simulations to help skaters learn how to do those amazing jumps.



Four of this year's crop of U.S. Olympic skaters (Jeremy Abbott, Jason Brown, Gracie Gold, and Ashley Wagner) have used Richards' system.