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Science of Skates

Figure, speed, or hockey — no matter the flavor, skating gear and moves keep getting more high-tech.

Take a look at the sophisticated science that's helping athletes get a competitive edge with their skates. Then explore the physics behind everything from a hockey stop to a triple lutz.

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Explaining Ice: The Answers Are Slippery

Explaining Ice: The Answers Are Slippery

Why is ice slippery? A simple question, but physicists don't yet have a simple answer. Investigate the current science of ice and find out why a popular explanation is wrong. More...

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New York Times
Science of the Winter Olympics: Figuring Out Figure Skating

Science of the Winter Olympics: Figuring Out Figure Skating

Figure skating is beautiful, but it's also a demanding exercise in physics. With the help of the "phantom cam," take a look at the vertical velocity and conservation of angular momentum behind the moves. More...

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NSF & NBC Learn
The Physics of Figure Skating

The Physics of Figure Skating

It's not just years of training that let Olympic figure skaters make those gravity-defying jumps and dizzying spins. See the crucial role physics plays. More...

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Scientific American
Blade Runners

Blade Runners

Speed skating is all about Newton's three laws of motion. Watch skaters use these laws to reach speeds of 35 to 40 mph. More...

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NSF & NBC Learn
Crazy Eyes: Ice Skating

Crazy Eyes: Ice Skating

Eliot & Rhiana have been competing for years, but they still get dizzy during spins. Discover how measuring their "eye jiggles" helped their balance and routine. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
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How It’s Made: Speed Skates

How It’s Made: Speed Skates

Why are carbon fiber and memory foam key ingredients in a speed skate? What is the most crucial moment in the creation of skates? Get answers to these questions and more. More...

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Science Channel
Ice Skating Spin

Ice Skating Spin

Steve Spangler demonstrates how figure skaters can get the most out of their spins, without ever leaving solid ground. More...

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Steve Spangler Science
Science of Hockey: Physics of Skating

Science of Hockey: Physics of Skating

In their pursuit of the puck, NHL players can go as fast as 20 mph. At those speeds, how do they start and stop on such a slippery surface? Find out. More...

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Exploratorium
Science Takes to the Ice

Science Takes to the Ice

Sprained ankles, torn ligaments, and other injuries are on the rise after 2003's changes to international judging guidelines. See how science is trying to ease the strain on figure skaters. More...

Article
New York Times
The Science Behind Ice Skating

The Science Behind Ice Skating

How is it that we can skate across ice on a metal blade? Watch these two scientists explain the physics...while trying to keep their balance! More...

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National Geographic
Tightening the Turns in Speed Skating

Tightening the Turns in Speed Skating

Ice, wood, or pavement — it's not so much where you skate but the turns that make the difference. Experiment to figure out if tight, medium, or wide turns are the fastest. More...

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Science Buddies

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