The Freaky Physics of Ski Jump
Olympic ski jumpers do everything they can do counteract the effects of gravity and fly as far as they can down hills
The High-Speed Physics of Olympic Bobsled, Luge and Skeleton
In these sports that send humans hurtling faster than a car on a highway, tiny motions mean the difference between gold and a crash
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
As you watch the Beijing Winter Olympics, enjoy this guide to the history, science and thrills of the worldwide athletic competition
Meet the Trailblazers in Women’s Olympic Snowboarding
The careers of Shannon Dunn-Downing, Kelly Clark, Amy Purdy and Hannah Teter are recognized in the Smithsonian collections; learn their stories
Is China Committing Genocide Against the Uyghurs?
The Muslim minority group faces mass detention and sterilization—human rights abuses that sparked the U.S.' diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics
If Current Climate Trends Continue, the Winter Olympics Will Have Nowhere to Go
By the end of the century, only Sapporo, Japan, will be eligible to host the winter games if global warming continues at its present pace
A Brief History of Snowboarding
Rebellious youth. Olympic glory. How a goofy American pastime conquered winter
How Wheaties Became the 'Breakfast of Champions'
Images of Olympians and other athletes on boxes helped the cereal maintain a competitive edge
Speech That Inspired the Modern Olympics Is Now the Most Expensive Sports Memorabilia Ever Sold
An anonymous buyer purchased the manuscript, penned by French aristocrat Pierre de Coubertin in 1892, for $8.8 million
Does Pyeongchang Have a Future As a Winter Sports Destination?
South Korea may fall short of its lofty goal to transform the region into an Asian hub for snow and ice sports
How the 1988 Olympics Helped Spark a Global Kimchi Craze
The Summer Games in Seoul introduced a new international audience to the delicious and stinky staple
In a World Striving To Cut Carbon Emissions, Do the Olympics Make Sense?
Perhaps there is still a case for the greenhouse-gas gushing games if host cities amplify their efforts to showcase green tech and innovations
What Reddit Can Tell Us About the Afterlives of Banned Olympic Drugs
We analyzed 150,000 comments to find that the Internet is still openly discussing these mind-bending stimulants
A Brief History of Openly Gay Olympians
Americans Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy are the latest LGBTQ athletes to go for the gold
When Treating Sports Injuries, Does the West Do It Best?
As the Olympics kick off in South Korea, two radically different approaches to training and treating athletes will be on display
Your Burning Questions About the Olympic Torch, Answered
Curious minds will want to know that the blaze is lit not with matches or a lighter, but using a method that dates to Ancient Greece
How Physics Keeps Figure Skaters Gracefully Aloft
Every twist, turn and jump relies on a mastery of complex physical forces
A Brief History of Women’s Figure Skating
You might be surprised to learn that this sport where women now shine was initially seen as solely the purview of male athletes
Meet the Robots of the 2018 Olympics
The Pyeongchang games will have bots to clean, dance, serve drinks, provide translation and more
The Unbreakable Spirit of American Paralympians Is Embodied in These Artifacts
Smithsonian’s Sports History collections honor the indomitable innovators of the Paralympic community