olympics

How To Design A Smarter Olympics Bid

The Olympic Games are often a bittersweet milestone for a city, filled with economic and political ups and downs. But it would appear that Oslo’s 2022 aspirations are set for success in the hands of Norwegian design firm Snøhetta, which has executed one of the most elegant Olympic bids in history.


Rio's Olympic Construction Crews Are Unearthing Its Slave Trade Past

Rio is currently pouring its energy into building stadiums, housing, and roads to host the World Cup next summer and the Olympics in 2016. But in the process, the city is uncovering relics of its past — including evidence of its one-time reign as the busiest slave port in the Americas.


Do The Olympics Ever Break Even?

All the medals have been won, all the puppies taken home. The Winter Games are over. But the end of the Olympics is just the beginning of the story for Sochi, which now has the unenviable task of putting itself back on track after three years of rushed development.


This Week's Top Comedy Video: Putin's Local Olympics Commercial

The Sochi Winter Olympics were Russia’s chance to cultivate a powerful image on the world stage. Whether they achieved that is still up for debate. But did you ever wonder how Russia promoted the Olympics to its home audience? Turns out, they went for a slightly different aesthetic.


How Olympic Ice Skates Are Designed For Speed, Spins And Swerves

Watching the world-class ice athletes of the Winter Olympics, whether it’s in speed skating, figureskating or hockey, is a jaw-dropping affair. The speed, control, and dexterity they exhibit while somehow balancing on a metal blade is simply amazing. But what exactly is going on with those blades? Smarter Every Day’s Destin Sandlin shows us the fascinating physics and engineering that goes into every pair of Olympic skates.


The Inside Story Of How Olympic Timekeeping Is So Amazingly Precise

Three one-thousandths of a second is less than 1/10th of a blink, less than 1/100th of a heartbeat. But if you’re a speedskater, 0.003 seconds can be the difference between gold and silver. So how are Olympics timekeepers able to get such ridiculous precision and accuracy? For the inside scoop, we talked to Omega’s Peter H├╝rzeler, head of Olympic timekeeping.


Dyson's Vision Of The Future Of Curling

Because, in these days of endless technological progress, who really wants to use a broom anyway? [YouTube]


Sensors Show Figure Skaters Absorb 8x Their Own Body Weight After Jumps

The endless impossibly early mornings heading to the rink for practice aren’t the only things taking a toll on figure skaters. Researchers at Brigham Young University recently designed and built an unobtrusive skate sensor that can measure the impact when a figure skater lands a jump — and it turns out they’re absorbing forces up to eight times their own body weight.


The Crazy Physics Behind Figure Skating

We already know that figure skaters’ bodies undergo quite a bit of stress during their routines — and we have the pics to prove it. Even so, it’s hard to fathom just how insane these physical forces actually are.


Did A Cat Destroy The Ceiling At A Sochi Olympic Arena?

By now it’s hard to tell what’s true when it comes to reports about the infrastructural failings at the Olympics in Sochi. But what we’ve got here, folks, appears to be security footage of a cat falling through the ceiling of the Adler Arena Skating Center. Oh my.