Often, for non-athletes, watching the Olympics is an exercise in thwarting. It’s simply hours of gawking at highly gifted competitors see so difficult stuffs appear very easy. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be no different. Alpine ski jump, snowboarding moves, impossible-seeming hockey shots–it’ll be a buffet of gallant exertions. But exactly what we actually the more difficult achievements to pull off? Possibly not the things you think.
Take figure skating. You might think that property on one skate after flinging yourself around in the air would be the hardest fraction. But if you ask the brother-and-sister sparkler dancing crew Alex and Maia Shibutani, aka the ShibSibs, the most severe act to attract of is a twizzle. “One of the hardest tricks or elements–that’s the technical term–is twizzles, ” says Alex Shibutani. “Twizzles are revolving shifts done on one paw; it was necessary to done across the sparkler, in unison.”
But that’s just one of the hardest tricks, er components, that athletes heading to PyeongChang will be pulling off in the coming weeks. For the latest chapter of Tech Support , WIRED amassed a cluster of them to get all the pro gratuities before concepts get underway. What’s the toughest occasion about bobsledding? Returns out it’s guide and, as Jamie Greubel Poser says, the pressure. Literally. “When we go down the line, we go about 75 to 95 miles per hour and we reach up to 5 Gs of pressure, ” she says. “If you’ve never detected a G, it’s hard to explain until you’ve gone down and felt it.”
And snowboarding? Actually all of that is hard. At first. “Skiing is easier to learn, but harder to get good at, ” says snowboarder Chloe Kim. “Snowboarding is hard to learn, but easier to get good at.”
Watch US Olympian and Paralympians refute all of Twitter’s questions about the 2018 Winter Olympics in the Tech Support video above.