For Some Olympians, Winning Medals Is All About Flow

6:42 minutes

Self-described “flow guy” and aerospace engineer Timothy Wei has helped Olympic skeleton racers and swimmers shave seconds off their time. His secret? Fluid dynamics. Wei explains how he models air around a skeleton racer and water around a swimmer for better performance.

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Timothy Wei

Timothy Wei is a mechanical and aerospace engineer and dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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