Physics and Sports

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Rock Climbing

Although rock climbing does not draw large crowds, it claims an annual growth rate of 50%, with women accounting for one-quarter of all climbers. Before beginning, however, climbers should get profess …


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Scott Hamilton


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Scuba Diving

Scuba-from the phrase "self-contained underwater breathing apparatus"-refers to a type of diving in which an individual carries his or her own supply of air. This air supply is stored within a steel o …


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Ski Jumping

There are few feats as breathtaking as a perfect ski jump. Hurtling down a snow-covered ramp at speeds in excess of 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour, the skier literally dives off a cliff, soars thr …


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Soccer

The score is tied, with only three minutes left in the game. To win, you need to think and move fast to control the ball, get it down the field, and shoot it past the goalie. Can science help? Soccer …


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Softball & Racewalking


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Spelunking

Caves have long been places of mystery and intrigue. Prehistoric people used them for shelter and decorated them with some of the earliest-known works of art. Pirates used them to hide their ill-gotte …


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Summit Bid


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Waterskiing

Who says you have to be in the sky to fly? Your feet may never leave the ground (well, the water), but the amazing sensation of waterskiing definitely compares to soaring through the air. The first pe …


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Whitewater Rafting

Few sights reveal nature's power as clearly as rapids in a fast-flowing river. Water pounds against rocks, sprays into the sky, and boils into white froth. The thought of rafting through such turbulen …


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