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Visualizing The Speed of Winter Sports

Winter sports are becoming very popular as of late. The intensely high speeds that these athletes travel in are amazing, but they can also be extremely dangerous.

We have seen quite a few serious injuries and deaths during these winter games lately, starting with Georgian luge athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili who was tragically killed in a training run crash after flying off the Olympic track in Whistler, Canada in the day before the 2010 Vancouver Games were to begin. Sarah Burke, the pioneering Canadian freestyler, who helped get superpipe accepted into the Olympics, died  Jan. 10, 2012 after a crash during a training run in Park City, Utah. And this year, Snow Mobile free stylist Caleb Moore succumbed to the injuries sustained during his attempt of doing a backflip on a 450 pound snow mobile.

What makes these sports so dangerous (and extremely exciting/entertaining) is the amount of speed and velocity that these athletes pick up.

sarah burke ski winter sports

Sarah Burke died during a practice ski run

Caleb Moore Crashes During 2013 Winter X-games

 

In specific winter games, the human body can travel at speeds over 90 MPH without any type of engine attached to them. The luge and bobsled are great examples. This info graph gives a great visual on exactly how fast each winter sport is next to each other.

winter sports speed

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