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.


An athlete’s speed depends on how they hit the ground.

According to Newton’s Third Law of Motion – every action must have an equal and opposite reaction – the harder an athlete hits the ground, the harder the ground will push back and give him or her force to use the event. An average person uses 2,500 newtons of force when hitting the ground whereas someone like Usain Bolt uses 4,500 newtons.

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