Steve Spangler Science: The Olympics and the Science of Spin

How do ice skaters control the speed of their spin?

Ice skaters are not only talented on the ice, but they also have a great understanding of physics as they jump, twist, and spin. If you’ve ever seen an ice skater start to spin slowly on the tip of their skate and then speed up into an incredible blur of a spin, the secret is pure science. The best part is that you don’t have to be on the ice to test out the science behind the spin. Find an office chair that spins easily and a few weights, and you’re ready to make yourself dizzy sick… all in the name of science.


Force (Frictional), Newton's Laws of Motion , Physics
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