Olympic Figure Skating: The Early Years

By Sherry L. Brukbacher Edward Bushnell, an industrial-era businessman from Philadelphia, revolutionized winter sports in 1850 by fitting a steel blade to a common boot. This allowed a skater to perform intricate spins and turns on the ice. By the turn
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Silver Medal From Sochi for Lauryn Williams

American athlete Lauryn Williams became one of few women in the history of the modern Olympic movement to win medals in both the winter and summer Olympic Games. The previous day, Williams, paired with Elana Meyer, won silver in the women's bobsleigh competition. The American track and (more...)

Olympics 2014: Let the Science Begin!

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia will be featuring many exciting events for the world to see. Though the Olympics Games is the premier athletic competition worldwide, the games also bridge the gap between science and sports by covering a number of Earth science topics as (more...)

Olympic Truce Wall Unites Athletes In The Name of Peace

The symbolic Olympic Truce Wall opened on February 4 in the Coastal Olympic Village. According to the tradition of the Olympic Movement, the Olympic Truce Wall is installed in the Olympic Villages a few days before the opening of the Games in order to let the competitors (more...)

U.S. Speedskater Overcomes Injuries to Compete at Sochi Games

Traveling across the ice at roughly 64 kilometers per hour, speedskater Eddy Alvarez earned his nickname “Eddy the Jet” as a master of the fastest human-powered sport. The 24-year-old Florida native, the son of Cuban immigrants, began his skating career at age 5 with a pair of plastic (more...)

White House on Attacks in Russia

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Attacks in Russia The United States condemns the terrorist attacks that struck the Russian city of Volgograd and sends deepest condolences to the families of the victims with hopes for the rapid healing of those wounded. The United States stands in solidarity with (more...)

Olympic Torch Takes Its First Spacewalk

In a view from Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy’s helmet camera, flight engineer Oleg Kotov waves the Olympic torch outside the International Space Station during a November 9 spacewalk. The torch taken on the spacewalk will be used to light the flame at the Olympic Games in February 2014 in Sochi, a (more...)

Winter Olympics 2014: Women Can Jump

International Olympic Committee has added 6 new events to 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia: women’s ski jumping, team figure skating, biathlon mixed team relay, luge team relay, and ski half pipe for men and women. The last one is extremely popular in USA and Canada, whose teams would (more...)


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