The Incredible Physics of Simone Biles’ Yurchenko Double Pike

Gymnastics is an extremely difficult sport, and not just extreme for Olympic athletes like five-time (so far) medalist Simone Biles. The physics is also quite challenging. Let’s consider something seemingly simple, like a flip. There will be some version of a flip in all four of the women’s gymnastics events: floor, bars, vault, and beam. …

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