Great skaters like Adam Rippon and Karen Chen make their routines look easy. Their movements are so flawless and steady that even the most daring of leaps and spirals look like something they could do in their sleep.
But behind those moves is a lot of practice—and a lot of science! Watch this quick video to find out how forces like rotational momentum and projectile motion set the stage for top scores.
Want to know more? Check out the National Science Foundation’s “Science of the Winter Olympics” video playlist.