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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. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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Take a Dip in the Zaha Hadid-Designed 2012 Olympic Pool for Just £3.50

Forget gold postboxes or a new West Ham stadium -- the real meat of the 'Olympic legacy' was unveiled today, and it looks fantastic. As promised, most of the venues in the Olympic Park in Stratford are being reopened as places for the general public to go do sporty things; and crucially, they're all cheap and gob-smackingly beautiful. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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The Inside Story of How Olympic Timekeeping is So Amazingly Precise

Three one-thousands of a second is less than 1/10 of a blink, less than 1/100 of a heartbeat. But if you're a speed skater, 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 insight, we talked to Omega's Peter Hürzeler, head of Olympic timekeeping. Read More >>

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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, figure skating 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. Read More >>

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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] Read More >>

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Sensors Show Figure Skaters Absorb 8x Their Own Body Weight When Landing a Jump

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: it turns out they're absorbing forces up to eight times their own body weight. Read More >>

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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 appears to be security footage of a cat falling through the ceiling of Sochi's Adler Skating Arena. Read More >>

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The Inside Story of How Olympic Photographers Snap Such Stunning Images

Every single moment of the Sochi Olympics is documented in minute detail. Here's how the AP and Getty Images, two of the biggest photo agencies on the scene, get their incredible photos from the Olympics to their baying publications across the globe, faster than you can microwave a bag of popcorn. Read More >>

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The Great and Secret Salt Heist That Saved the Sochi Olympics

Believe it or not, salt is an incredibly important tool when you're trying to keep a ski mountain running during a warm spell. Unfortunately, the organisers of the Sochi Games did not believe this fact, and late last week, that oversight almost ruined the Olympics. Read More >>

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What it Looks Like to Go Down a Luge Track at a Blazing 80mph

Bumpy. Dangerously fast as hell. And it looks like the luger will careen off the course at any given moment. Doubles luger Matthew Mortenson put on a helmet cam on a ride down the luge track in Sochi to show us what it's like to go zooming down sloping slick ice on your back and while it looks like a fun roller coaster ride, it also looks like the chance of crashing is a solid 100%. Read More >>

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What Happens When Your Olympic Site Turns Into a War Zone

The second life of Olympic structures is a challenge to manage for any host city. None, perhaps, offer as stark an image as Sarajevo's battle-scarred Olympic buildings. Eight years after the 1984 winter games, the Bosnian War left the city with buildings full of bullet holes, ski slopes dotted with land mines, and a graveyard just outside the very stadium that held the opening ceremony. Read More >>

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17 Historic Patents That Made Winter Olympic Sports Possible

You might not expect the United States Patent and Trademark Office to be as excited about the Winter Olympics as it is. But this month, the USPTO is releasing historic patents that reveal how winter sports emerged. So, who invented the snowboard? Read More >>

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Subtle Snowy Camo Pattern Helps US Skiers Cheat Their Way Down Bumpy Moguls Runs

We've already seen (or haven't) the nearly invisible waterproof zippers that Columbia introduced on its sportswear designed for various Olympians competing at Sochi. But the uniforms designed specifically for the US moguls ski team have another hard-to-spot feature that could let them cheat give them a small advantage in competition. Read More >>

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Sochi's Giant Pinscreen Wall is Hypnotic in Action

British architect Asif Khan's MegaFace art installation was teased well before the athletes had even arrived in Sochi. But now that the Winter Olympics are well under way, we've finally got footage of the giant automated pinscreen in action—and it's even more awesome than we'd hoped. Read More >>

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