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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Russian Orthodox Christmas Tradition

Thirteen days after Western Christmas, on January 7th, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates its Christmas, in accordance with the old Julian calendar. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, January 7th has become an official national holiday. This is the date of the Russian Orthodox Christmas – Nativity of Christ. In the Roman (more...)

Russian Orthodox Christmas Tradition

Thirteen days after Western Christmas, on January 7th, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates its Christmas, in accordance with the old Julian calendar. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, January 7th has become an official national holiday. This is the date of the Russian Orthodox Christmas (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...)

Crowdfunding Helps U.S. Skater Finance Olympic Dreams

When 24-year-old speedskater Emily Scott from Springfield, Missouri, saw her income cut by more than half in 2013, she knew she needed money to continue training six days a week and stay competitive. She also needed to raise money to bring Craig, her “best friend and biggest (more...)

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