17-year-old Chloe Kim rose to the occasion in her Olympic debut, winning the gold medal in the women’s snowboard halfpipe on Tuesday morning at Phoenix Snow Par.. Kim didn’t waste any time setting the tone for entire field in her first run, scoring a 93.75. Liu Jiayu of China was in a distant second with a score of 85.50.
This month in Pyeongchang, elite teams of physics and materials science experts from all over the world will dazzle us with ostentatious displays of grace and power. We commonly refer to these experts as athletes. Gymnasts demonstrate their subtle understanding of gravity and momentum. Swimmers and divers master fluid dynamics and surface tension. Skiers harness their knowledge of friction and hydrology, and lugers push their aerodynamics chops to the limits. Olympians, after all, understand science at a visceral level in ways most of us don’t.
Yesterday, Beijing was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics. Here is a photo of the mountain that will host the skiing courses, taken in the middle of January this year. You may notice a slightlack of white stuff.