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The Secrets of Figure Skating

The Olympic women’s figure skating competition kicks off today. But before you settle down to enjoy the show, learn more about the science behind the sport with this nifty video by AsapSCIENCE on how figure skaters take advantage of physics to win the gold. For example, did you know athletes who can land a quadruple toe loop need to be strong enough to withstand a downward force of seven times their body weight?

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