Physics and Sports

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High Jump

The jump style called the "Fosbury Flop" dramatically revolutionized the high jump. Dick Fosbury's movement technique involves racing toward the bar in a curved approach, lifting off with the left fo …


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Hollywood Stunts

Hardly a movie made today is without some kind of amazing stunt work. We all are held breathless when a person falls out of a 20-story building or when a heart-stopping car chase ends in a spectacula …


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Human Sling Shot

Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes, though, moving between these extremes can be quite entertaining. Just check out the human slingshot-or ejector seat-ride. The ejector seat ride has its roots …


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Inline Skating

Push and glide. Push and glide. Faster and faster, until you're cruising along somewhere near 25-32 kilometers (15-20 miles) per hour. The wind whistles around your helmet. The wheels on your in-line …


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Karate

Ron McNair raises his hand and brings it quickly down onto a pile of concrete bricks. As he pulls back his left hand, his right hand smashes through the concrete, sending it crumbling to the ground. A …


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Kayaking

The Olympic luge event was introduced in 1964 at Innsbruck-Igis, Austria. The word luge is French for "racing sled." Lugers careen down the course feet first while lying on their backs. The luge sle …


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Maya Quest

What if you had the chance to go on a three-month trip to Central America to explore la ruta Maya? What if you planned to cover over 2,000 miles but had only your bike for transportation? What if you …


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Olympic Training Center

Scientists have developed many devices to analyze every detail of an athletes performance. Advanced sports technology employs high-speed cinematography, force and torque measurement equipment, ergome …


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Richard Dean Anderson


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