Olympic big air snowboarders utilize Physics to enhance their game

Olympic big air snowboarders utilize Physics to enhance their game as one by one they will catapult themselves down an abrupt ramp, soar up the giant cliff of a jump and when catapulting in air, perform a series of flips and twists at such an incredible speed that you may have to slow motion the entire sequence.


Big air snowboarding initiates its winter Olympics this month in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where the candidates will be performing mass start speed skating and curling mixed doubles. The snowboarding tournament is going to be the center of attention with its 49-meter-high ramp, one of the world’s towering making the probability for stunning new illusion as well as few striking and probably menacing collapse.

To be outstanding in this conflict snowboarders will have to constraint their nerves and adrenaline while perceptively conquering the physics of angular momentum, energy conservation and snow thermodynamics, along with projectile motion. As far as landing is concerned an untimely predicate the jump or indulging in many tricks could cause a broken wrist, ankle, knee or worse on the quick landing to Earth.

Michael O’Shea, a physicist at Kansas State University who has written and taught about the physics of outdoor sports said that some of the contenders may have a few tricks in the bag because this jump is the highest than the previous ones. However, with novel chances brought upon are new obstacles. As the athletes will pass more time in the midair they will have to adjust the wind velocity.