Chaos: skiing of science and sport.


Chaos: skiing of science and sport.

Imagine a pure adrenaline minute: traveling at 90 miles an hour on the ice, experiencing the bending gravity.

The sledge is one of the exciting punishments for the winter Olympics. The United States hopes to win another recent medal at the 2018 Olympic Games in pyeongchang, South Korea, next February.

Meanwhile, they are competing in the World Cup, including a stop at lake placid, New York, in 1932 and 1980. High up in mountain van hofeinberg, sled athletes from around the world began to practice running. The shimmering track is a mile long, with 20 curves steep. It’s beautiful, but it’s scary.

Sled pilot ella, Meyers Taylor (Elana Meyers Taylor) said: “a good running, especially in plessy lake, can feel you have been promoting a metal trash cans, and played a rocky hill.

She won two Olympic MEDALS (silver in sochi in 2014 and bronze in vancouver in 2010).

“Yes, it could hurt,” said jaime graber bosell, a fellow driver who won bronze in sochi. “We think the sledge is a kind of impact movement, you can hit the wall at 80 miles per hour, it can actually be like a boxing match, I see the stars driving.

“When we go down, the whole thing is vibrating,” Nick Cunningham says. “It’s loud, it’s cold, there’s no stuffing in the sled, it’s very, very uncomfortable, but it’s all worth it when you win a medal.

A sleigh (through the Olympic website “sleigh”) starts with the most important push: when the runners and the sleigh are moving side by side, the first spurt of acceleration pushes it to the top 50 meters. The sledge itself weighs hundreds of pounds, so the explosive force and speed of the thrust are crucial. (many sleigh athletes, including Greubel Poser and Cunningham, are from track and field).

Push back to load. In a two-person b, the pilot jumps from the side to the front, and the mobiliser jumps from the back like a long jumper. They have to do it quickly and subtly, so the sled doesn’t slip out. (see video here).

Choreography is more intricate in the four. The team must sprint at full speed, cramming four huge muscles into a narrow sledge. They need to fully coordinate who jumps first, who sits in the order, their legs folded in their own place.

“Sometimes it’s a little confusing,” said Evan Weinstock, who sits in second place. Only the driver has an actual seat; Others sit on their heels, “in a small shell position,” Weinstock explained.

“It’s hard,” he said. You will definitely become more flexible. If you don’t take part in the sport, it’s you now.

Another danger is that the sleigh people wear spikes, pulling sharp spikes on the ice. When they jump in the sledge and have to be at the foot of their teammates, something bad happens.

“We only wear a layer of spandex, so sometimes you have a spike in your thigh or calf,” weinstock said. “that’s just part of it.”

Once they are loaded, the athletes are low, with as much aerodynamics as possible. Sled events win or lose a hundredth of a second, so each tiny drag or friction can spell trouble.

Elana Meyers Taylor said: “any single handle will slow the sled because it creates friction. “Who can slow down the sled and win the race?”

During the descent, all of this was in the hands of the pilot, who connected the two “D rings” to the cables running the front axle.

“You walk right and you’re going left,” Cunningham says. “I look like I’m playing a little game.”

The others on the sled bowed their heads, so they didn’t see anything, because they took the route. Pilot Nick Cunningham says it could be the same.

“I didn’t want them to realize what I saw in front of the sledge,” he said with a smile. “There are some fluffy moments in my body, like” that’s dangerous! ”

But even then, he wouldn’t admit to his teammates: “I just,” okay, man, it’s a good trip, let’s go back to the top. I sat and walked, “oh, that man is not good at all!”

As the sledge moves around a curve, basically perpendicular to the ice wall, the viewer can see the athlete’s body shaking with the enormous pressure exerted on him. Bobsledders withstand the power of up to 5 gb, which means that they can feel the strength of five times their weight.

“It’s like G troops trying to suck you out of the bottom of the sledge,” evan weinstock said. “It forced our stomachs through our legs and felt like a pancake folded in half.

Erik Guay, of Canada, skis during a training run in the men’s World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, Alta., on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

A small mistake in a sleigh could spell disaster.

“Collapse is one thing, it’s not a problem, if it’s just one thing,” says erna meyers Taylor.

She lost more times than her number.

She said: “there will be sharp things on the sled that will hurt you. “The most important thing is that it’s very, very loud, it’s scratchy, it’s harsh.

In the sledge movement, “we all play with Newton’s laws, who can best navigate these rules and win games,” said meyers Taylor.

Cunningham added with a smile: “there’s actually a lot of physics. “Go, because in high school I always said, ‘oh, I don’t need this stuff, I don’t need it anymore. And now, that’s how I make a living. “


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