8 Surprising Facts About the Olympics

Learn the scientific reason behind the success of Olympic athletes.

8 Surprising Facts About the Olympics

By Toni Gasparis

Do you know why Olympic athletes eat 8,000 calories a day? Do you know the gene that could determine an athlete's ability? Find out these facts and more about the Olympics, here.

Smaller gymnasts are better than their taller counterparts.

Smaller and shorter gymnasts succeed at the Olympics due to the science behind their size. A simple concept of physics is that smaller things use less energy to get into the air – so when flipping and tumbling shorter gymnasts, like Simone Biles, can move faster than taller gymnasts.

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