As the Summer nears, reports surface of multiple security sweeps for radioactive material at Olympic sites
By Brett ZardaPosted 03.06.2008 at 12:20 pm 2 Comments
According to the Canadian Press, Chinese and American officials are working in cahoots to remove radioactive material from Olympic sites in advance of the games this summer in Beijing. The work is the latest hurdle the Chinese must overcome with the world watching closely. From pollution to human rights, press coverage to date has been less about the sport and more about the host.
American experts from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have taken at least two trips to China hoping to eliminate any material that could be used as a dirty bomb.
A top-of-the-line motion tracking technology may give British swimmers an edge come summer
By Brett ZardaPosted 03.04.2008 at 12:13 pm 0 Comments
British swimmers are known for their good form, and theyll enhance that reputation this summer as they train for the Beijing Olympics using novel motion tracking technology. Research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), in collaboration with UK Sport, will use water-resistant markers drawn on the swimmers bodies to provide real-time feedback to coaches and athletes. Unlike the spherical markers used in other motion tracking, the Brits markers are painted on to eliminate any effect they might have on drag.
A formula change leads to a more effective PowerBar—but it's not for just anyone
By Brett Zarda Posted 02.28.2008 at 4:48 pm 1 Comment
While most folks are not quite sure whats in that solidified mush known as a PowerBar, athletes have long sworn by its energy-boosting qualities. So, why then, after years of commercial success, did PowerBar announce this week that its changing its formula? The answer lies in research published in this months issue of the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
Officially, the International Olympic Committee has permitted athletes to blog from the Beijing Games. But that doesn’t mean they’re allowed to write just anything
By Brett ZardaPosted 02.25.2008 at 5:15 pm 4 Comments
Its better to be seen and not heard. This condescending counsel dispensed to unruly adolescents is doubling as an unofficial recommendation for athletes in the upcoming Olympics in Beijing, China. With a location immersed in controversy, Olympic committees worldwide have threatened to spank any athlete who smuggles a soapbox into his gym bag.
The world's most advanced swimsuit shaves time so swimmers don't have to shave limbs
By Brett ZardaPosted 02.22.2008 at 3:38 pm 1 Comment
Shaving your legs just isnt enough to give swimmers an edge anymore. With a combination of computational fluid dynamics, aerospace engineering and a bit of help from NASA, Speedo has launched its latest swimsuit built to shatter records at the Olympic Games this summer in Beijing—or before.
A member of the Congressional panel of scientists testifying at the Roger Clemens hearing sheds light on the real effects of the tantalizing and mysterious human growth hormone
By Brett ZardaPosted 02.20.2008 at 12:25 pm 6 Comments
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is on stands once again this year, and controversy's a-brewing. The firestorm isnt over body paint or a potential ‘slip, but a photograph from five years ago. While Roger Clemens and former trainer Brian McNamee cant agree on how to spell HGH, there is consensus that Clemens wife Debbie was injected with the human growth hormone by McNamee prior to her photo shoot for the 2003 swimsuit edition (though they disagree on the details).