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Science & Engineering of the Sochi Olympics

Whether its swifter, safer bobsleds or high-performance speed-skating suits, science and engineering are as much on display at the 2014 Winter Olympics as the athletes.

Learn about the science of snow, engineering the half-pipe with snowboarding legend Shaun White, and figure skating physics in the “Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games,” the latest installment of the Emmy Award-winning “Science of Sports” series from the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News.

The 10-part video collection, narrated by NBC Sports’ Liam McHugh, goes behind the scenes to examine the physics, engineering, chemistry, design, and mathematics behind the world’s foremost sporting event. To see how much technology allows athletes to become “swifter, higher, stronger” compared with their counterparts of just a few years ago, check out the NSF/NBC series, Science of the Olympic Winter Games 2010. (Click HERE for NSF’s 2010 Winter Games’ YouTube channel, or HERE for eGFI students’ blog post with embedded videos from the 2010 NSF series.)

Some of the civil and structural engineering feats to build Sochi’s infrastructure – including a shimmering ice hockey arena and a train that runs from the seacoast through a newly drilled passage through the mountains to the slopes – are shown in a YouTube venue preview. Meanwhile an animated tour of Sochi’s stadiums and slopes provide an overview of the sites.

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