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Vancouver 2010, the Science of Sports, and Olympics Past

February 5, 2010netTrekkerTraining2

The Winter Olympics is almost here, and I couldn’t be more excited. A huge fan of the events since Calgary 1988, I prefer the Winter Olympics over the Summer for two reasons: the dangerous nature of a majority of the competitions (I am impressed by Winter athletes’ skills, no doubt, but it’s their fearlessness that hooks me); and the fact that athletes, while competing against each other, are also competing against the ice and snow and the unpredictable skiing, skating, sledding, and snowboarding surfaces.

So, with the Olympic Games starting next week, it’s a good time to get familiar with the athletes, events, and venues of Vancouver 2010.

The first stops on your Olympic Webquest are, first and foremost, the official site for this year’s Games,, and NBC’s You can find these sites by searching for “Winter Olympics” or by drilling down topics provided below the site descriptions:

Vancouver 2010

The official site for the 2010 Winter Olympics, where you’ll find information about all of the events, contenders, medal counts, and behind-the-scenes commentary. Offers latest news, videos, photos, contest rules, spectator guide, games, and more.
(Health and Physical Education > Physical Education and Sport > Sports > Olympics > Modern Olympics > Winter Olympics > Winter Olympics 2010)

NBC Olympics: Video, Schedules, and Results
Powered by up-to-date news from NBC sports, this website not only tracks events, profiles athletes, and shares behind-the-scenes commentary during the Olympic Games, but also offers a look pre- and post-Games happenings: trials, training, athlete blogs and news items, and more. Although providing some information on the Olympic experience as viewed in other countries, NBC’s site is US-centric, offering a detailed look at Team USA, posting video coverage, detailed biographies, recaps of uplifting moments and headlines, and various slideshows.
(Health and Physical Education > Physical Education and Sport > Sports > Olympics > Modern Olympics)

These are excellent sites to help you keep current with all the Vancouver happenings. But what about the history of Vancouver’s Olympic bid? After all, there’s a lot of work that goes into deciding where the Games are held! The Virtual Museum of Canada has that covered and is a great resource for tying together the topics of history and sport.

Virtual Museum of Canada: The History of Olympic Bids
Whistler, British Columbia is a host site for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Several times in the past, Whistler has also vied for this honour. This virtual exhibit presents the history of these bids through photos and videos.
(Social Studies > Canadian Social Studies > Canadian Identity > Significant Canadian Events > Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2010)

Speaking of linking sports with other topics, science plays a huge role in athletics, and nobody will deny the heavy presence of scientific concepts during the Winter Olympics’ events. Searching for “Science of Sports” in netTrekker will yield several results, but here are a few related specifically to the science of winter sports:

National Science Foundation: The Science of the Olympic Winter Games
A 16-part video series from the partnership of NBC and the National Science Foundation, on the “physics, biology, chemistry, and materials engineering behind the Olympic Winter Games.” Exciting and engaging videos give new meaning to common classroom curriculum.
(Health and Physical Education > Physical Education and Sport > Sports > Olympics > Modern Olympics > Winter Olympics > Winter Olympics 2010)

Montana State University: Winter Olympics: Sport & Science
An online course exploring the link between science and sports, by looking at the Winter Olympics and what science tells us about athletic training, sports nutrition, motion, cardiovascular and muscular performance, and more.
(Science > Physics > Newtonian > Science of Sport)

American Chemical Society: Winter Sports and Snow
Several lessons, demonstrations, essays, and activities that shed light on the science (specifically the chemistry) behind winter sports. You’ll learn about properties of ice and snow, and the roles they play in skiing, ice skating, and ice hockey, as well as steps and chemicals involved in making artificial ice and snow.
(Science > Physics > Newtonian > Science of Sport)

Last, but not least, for those of us who love to step back in time and remember Olympics past, here are two must-see resources: Google’s image search for Winter Olympics’ photos from LIFE Magazine and the CBC’s archived news site covering the Calgary Games, where you can remember the last time the Olympics were hosted in Canada –and the people and events that made it memorable: Brian Boitano, the Jamaican bobsled team, Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards, and more.

Google Image Search: LIFE Photo Archive: Winter Olympics
From the photo archive of LIFE magazine, Google has provided two hundred photo images of the Winter Olympic Games including events and stadiums.
(Health and Physical Education > Physical Education and Sport > Sports > Olympics > Modern Olympics > Winter Olympics)

The Winter of ’88: Calgary’s Olympic Games
An archive of video and audio clips from the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary.
(Social Studies > Canadian Social Studies > Canadian History > Rocky Times (1960-1993) > Mulroney Years > Prime Minister Brian Mulroney > Canada Increased International Profile > 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary)


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