Olympians Look to Science for a Competitive Edge

6:55 minutes

Olympic races can come down to a hundredth of a second. Athletes and coaches are looking to scientists to capture those precious moments. Physiologist and aerospace engineer Troy Flanagan gives a tour of the science behind Olympic training.

More more stories in SciFri’s Olympic series, check out:
In Wind Tunnels, Ski Jumpers Become Flying Machines
For Some Olympians, Winning Medals Is All About Flow
Crafting ‘the Fastest Ice on Earth’
Ice Science a Slippery Quandary for Physicists

Thanks to KUER for their help on this Olympic series.

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Troy Flanagan

Troy Flanagan is high performance manager at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah.

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