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For an Olympic athlete, success at the podium depends on extraordinary skill and determination. But there's more to winning than hard work. Increasingly, athletes depend on scientists and engineers behind the scenes to help them reach the top of their sport. Science and technology also play an important role in helping Olympic organizers host the games. They factor into everything from icemaking and timekeeping to the construction of world-class facilities.

Photo Essay: Science of the Olympics


Take a peek ?behind the science? of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. The following slides look at the science of athletic performance, equipment, timekeeping and hosting a sustainable Winter Games.

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Video on the science behind Canada's athletes


Learn how scientists in NRC's labs and wind tunnels are supporting Canada's athletes in their quest for gold at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Visit the NRC website during the Games for more news about the science of the Winter Olympics. End