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10.2 The Olympics

10.2 The Olympics
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    A look at records set in various sports over the past century shows that humans continue to run faster, jump higher, and throw farther than ever before. What is allowing this to occur?

    One factor is training. Physiologists are working to identify which systems in the human body limit performance. Then, training techniques are used to improve those systems. Also, sports psychologists work with individuals or teams to help them develop their minds to allow them to reach their peak performances. Also, physical trainers use devices to monitor athletes' bodies and provide them with more feedback on their performances than was available 20 years ago.

    Equipment has also improved. For instance, bicycles are lighter and more aerodynamic than ever before. Even sports with no obvious technology, such as swimming, have benefited from technology. New swimsuits that reduce drag have reduced times even more.

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    The Olympic Games is an international event that includes the Summer and Winter Games, alternating every two years. Are you interested in learning more about the games? Visit the Olympic Games website to learn about past Olympic games, the athletes who have won medals, and the variety of sports performed at the games.

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    The winning time decreased dramatically between 1968 and 1976. From 1980 to 2004, the winning time stayed close to 118 seconds. The Olympic record set in 1988 was not broken until 2008. Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini's winning time in 2008 was not only an Olympic record, but a world record. In response to the large number of swimmers who broke world records in 2008, FINA banned rubberized swimsuits from competition in 2010. You can read more about FINA's ban on the controversial swimsuits here.

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    Jackie (moderator)5 years ago |
    In the 2012 Olympic trials, Michael Phelps succeeded in qualifying for eight events.

    Read more on the andYOU blog: http://www.andyou.com/blog/math-in-the-news/math-in-the-news-olympic-trials/
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    Ron Larson (author)6 years ago |
    After the 2008 Olympics, the controversy about full body suits continued. Finally, at the beginning of 2010, swimmers were banned worldwide from wearing polyurethane and neoprene suits during competition. FINA, the world governing body of swimming, issued the regulations after an unprecedented number of swimmers broke world records after the high-performance swimsuits were introduced in 2008. The regulations went into effect Jan. 1, 2010.
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