Materials and the Winter Olympics

OSU MSE prof explains the science behind hockey’s slapshot:

The Science of Sports

The 2010 Winter Olympics don’t begin until February, but Ohio State’s Kathy Flores, associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is helping explain the science of ice hockey in an NBC “Science of the Olympic Winter Games” video series segment.

NBC traveled to Columbus to film Flores explaining the physics involved in the sport of hockey. The segment will be broadcast during the Winter Olympics, to be held in Vancouver beginning Feb. 12. As a warm-up to the Olympics, NBC’s Today Show featured Flores’ hockey segment on their Dec. 9 morning broadcast.

The complete “Science of the Olympic Winter Games” video library is available online at View the “Slapshot Physics: Hockey” segment to see Kathy Flores explaining why hockey is the high-velocity sport that it is.

Dr. Flores also is featured in the Safety Gear segment.
And learn about the importance of materials in the Science of Skates.


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