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Inverse explores the science behind the Tokyo Summer Olympics, from the physics of your favorite sport to the psychology of an Olympics with no fans.

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Olympic world records broken in 2021: The science behind the spectacle

At the Tokyo Olympics, runners are shattering old records left and right. Here's the science behind how Olympic athletes keep breaking world records.

The Hotfix

Olympics video games are terrible, but there’s a way to fix them

It’s time to go deep.

Inverse Daily

Olympic skateboarding doesn’t defy physics — it perfects it

Plus: Slime-coated mice lead to an unexpected discovery.

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Olympic skateboarding doesn’t defy physics — it perfects it

“At some point, gravity’s going to win, no matter how fast you’re going.”

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6 Olympic feats that reveal the potential limits of human performance

The Olympic games consistently push the limits of human performance.

Olympic Science

Twisties and yips: Simone Biles reveals a powerful mind-body connection

An expert explains why versions of “lost move syndrome” are a real problem for all athletes. This umbrella term covers the "yips" and "twisties."

Just a number

A dangerous Olympic myth about age is being debunked

“It’s advantageous for the young gymnast to see that your career can go past the age of 16.”

Leg Day Observer

Olympic weightlifting 2021: How to become a fan, before it’s too late

The Tokyo Games may be the Olympics’ last waltz with the barbell. Here’s how to watch it.

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The scientific reason why Olympians are embracing this new fitness trend

“Literally every single day of the Olympics, I've had calls.”

Fuuuuuture!

5 innovative robots and innovations at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

It's more than just robots that play basketball.

The GOAT

Simone Biles' Olympic withdrawal exposes sport’s biggest problem

Biles is still the GOAT, now more than ever.

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How to watch the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on PS5 and Xbox Series X

Gamers need to be ready for some real competition.

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Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and more game music from the Olympics

Square Enix won the opening ceremony.

Hold your applause

5 Olympic Games that never happened

If the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are cancelled, it won’t be the first time.

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11 ways the Summer Olympics will be different this year

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are already making history before they even begin. With the Covid-19 pandemic still raging through Japan, here are the biggest ways the Olympics will look much different in 2021.

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Why Becca Meyers left the Paralympics: "How can I trust that I will be safe?"

Reasonable, essential accommodations shouldn't even be a question for Paralympic athletes.

Sports science

Olympics flashbacks: The physics of a Michael Jordan dunk

Why Jordan's hang time seemingly defies gravity.

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Entertainment

Here Are the Best Moments From the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Yes, the shirtless Tongan was there, and he was again shirtless. 

Culture

Why Russia Hacked the Olympics and Tried to Blame North Korea

Russian hacking and trying to influence the Olympic Games is nothing new. 

Culture

Tinder Usage Snowballs at Winter Olympics, According to App

The Olympic Village is a horny place.

Science

Lyrical Music Is Olympic Figure Skating's Greatest Psychological Hack

"When you have lyrics, it’s really clear what the music is trying to say."

Science

The Most Statistically Dangerous Winter Olympics Sports Haven't Aired Yet

Big air + big speed = big spills.

Science

Winning Biathlon Olympic Gold Means Hacking the Human Body

"It’s like running up a flight of stairs as fast as you can and then trying to thread a needle.”

Science

The Quintuple is the Almost-Impossible Future of Figure Skating

We’re reaching the physical limit of what figure skaters can do.

Science

Scientists Have Answered the Most Mysterious Question About Curling

Why does the stone curl?

Culture

Pooh Bears and Pizza: Why Olympic Figure Skaters Get Weird Gifts

The cuter, the better.

Innovation

These 5 Pieces of Olympic Tech Are So Powerful They Border on Cheating

At the Winter Games, every little bit counts.

Science

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Look Unrecognizable From Space

The Olympic Village looks like an alien landscape.

Science

Pyeongchang Claims Its "Happy" 700-Meter Altitude Optimizes Human Health

'Sounds like a marketing ploy to me."

Culture

Winter Olympics 2018: France Missed Biathlon Win After This Slip-Up

Martin Fourcade's chances were dashed in the last moment.

Culture

Winter Olympics 2018: Curling Canada Juggernauts Get a "Great Start"

A major matchup in Pyeongchang. 

Science

Tonga's Shirtless Flag Bearer Drops Knowledge About Health Benefits of Oil

Pita Taufatofua sure knows his oil. 

Science

Shaun White's Gold Medal Run Perfectly Illustrates the Physics of Speed

In snowboarding, height is all about speed.

sports science

Olympics Flashbacks: The science of robot refs and why they still suck

Robots could change the way we play sports, but should they?

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Sports science
Tokyo Olympics

Olympic world records broken in 2021: The science behind the spectacle

At the Tokyo Olympics, runners are shattering old records left and right. Here's the science behind how Olympic athletes keep breaking world records.

Inverse Daily

Olympic skateboarding doesn’t defy physics — it perfects it

Plus: Slime-coated mice lead to an unexpected discovery.

Leg Day Observer

Olympic weightlifting 2021: How to become a fan, before it’s too late

The Tokyo Games may be the Olympics’ last waltz with the barbell. Here’s how to watch it.

Om nom nom

Is competitive eating a sport? 5 ways to train your body and mind

Leg Day Observer

Why are weightlifters so short? The height-lifting connection, explained

Is it better for weightlifters to be tall or short? The answer is more complicated than you think.

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Olympian Alexi Pappas shares how to stay strong during Covid-19

Advice for staying strong of body and mind, from an athlete who knows best.

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Olympics Flashbacks: The science of robot refs and why they still suck

Robots could change the way we play sports, but should they?

Sports Science

Olympics Flashbacks: How a NASA-designed swimsuit rocked the 2008 games

The science of swimsuit design gave swimming an existential crisis.

Sports Science

Olympics Flashbacks: The science of barefoot running and winning gold

"Humans weren’t 'built' for anything, but we certainly evolved to run barefoot."

Sports science

Olympics flashbacks: The physics of a Michael Jordan dunk

Why Jordan's hang time seemingly defies gravity.

Science

Fanny Blankers-Koen: The Physics Behind the "Flying Housewife's" High Jump

Here's how to fight gravity with science.

Science

Lyrical Music Is Olympic Figure Skating's Greatest Psychological Hack

"When you have lyrics, it’s really clear what the music is trying to say."

Science

The Most Statistically Dangerous Winter Olympics Sports Haven't Aired Yet

Big air + big speed = big spills.

Science

The Quintuple is the Almost-Impossible Future of Figure Skating

We’re reaching the physical limit of what figure skaters can do.

Culture

Pooh Bears and Pizza: Why Olympic Figure Skaters Get Weird Gifts

The cuter, the better.

Innovation

These 5 Pieces of Olympic Tech Are So Powerful They Border on Cheating

At the Winter Games, every little bit counts.