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  • Physics takes to the air
  • Bodies in motion
  • Going for green
  • Speed testing
  • Getting into position
  • Tiny but strong
  • Lightweight protection
  • Low-tech timing
  • Faster than the blink of an eye
  • Laser versus infrared
  • Staying in sync
  • Making heat from ice
  • Protecting Whistler’s waterways
  • Video
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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.

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