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Simone Biles and the Unprecedented Olympic Pressure

Olympic athletes are used to pressure. Before every Games, a handful of stars from each country get singled out as medal contenders, their faces plastered across billboards and newspapers, on social media and in yogurt ads. They work with sports psychologists and performance coaches to help them handle the weight of expectation, developing mental coping …

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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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