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What’s making athletes faster, better, stronger: David Epstein at TED2014What’s making athletes faster, better, stronger: David Epstein at TED2014

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” or, in English, “Faster, higher, stronger.” And as sports science reporter David Epstein points out from the TED2014 stage, “Athletes have fulfilled that motto — and they’ve done so rapidly.” Epstein investigates why it is that, year upon year, runners, swimmers, gymnasts, basketball players and so many others […]

Technology

What will sports look like in the future? How science + technology are changing the limits of the human body and the shape of competitionWhat will sports look like in the future? How science + technology are changing the limits of the human body and the shape of competition

Posted By Brooke Borel

If you’ve ever seen grainy old sports footage—for example, a boxing match from the late 1800s, a Princeton/Yale game from 1903, or Babe Ruth’s famous home run from 1932—you probably noticed something: how different the game looks, compared to its modern counterpart. The equipment looks too clunky, the uniforms impossibly baggy. Even the bodies of […]

Entertainment

The next evolutions of thumb wrestlingThe next evolutions of thumb wrestling

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

No one is exactly sure who invented thumb wrestling. According to Wikipedia, Julian Koenig — the advertising copywriter who helped coin the slogan “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking” for Timex — claimed to have invented the game in 1936 while at summer camp. Meanwhile, author Paul Davidson says that his grandfather was […]

Culture

5 great TED Talks for athletes5 great TED Talks for athletes

Posted By Emmie Le Marchand

The world of athletics is brutal. Athletes put themselves through grueling workout schedules and intense competitions, pushing their bodies and minds to the limit. But because part of being an athlete is constantly going up against (and sometimes with) faster, stronger and/or younger competitors, by far the hardest test any athlete faces is their internal […]

Culture

How sibling rivalry may influence the Super BowlHow sibling rivalry may influence the Super Bowl

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

On Sunday in New Orleans, the San Francisco 49ers will face off with the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. For the first time in Super Bowl history, the head coaches of the two opposing football teams are brothers. John Harbaugh, the older of the brothers, has been the head coach for the Ravens since 2008. […]

Culture

They feel like they can fly: The first wheelchair basketball tournament in Afghanistan, seeded in a TED wishThey feel like they can fly: The first wheelchair basketball tournament in Afghanistan, seeded in a TED wish

Posted By TED Guest Author

Close your eyes and listen to the grunts and jostling, the smack of rubber on cement and triumphant high-fives. You could be listening to a pickup basketball game anywhere. But you’re in Afghanistan and this is much more than just a game. It is the country’s very first wheelchair basketball tournament and the players are […]

Playlist

12 powerful talks from Olympians and Paralympians12 powerful talks from Olympians and Paralympians

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The Opening Ceremony for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi takes place today, which means that — over the next few weeks — we’ll all be watching a steady diet of hockey, skiing and figure skating. To get you in the Olympic spirit, watch these powerful TED and TEDx Talks from Olympians and Paralympians. We […]

 

John R. Wooden Awards announced

Posted By Tedstaff

A week ago today, the John R. Wooden Award was given to the best college basketball players of the year. Back in 2001, Coach Wooden (the namesake of the award and former UCLA basketball coach) gave a touching TEDTalk which proved why he is so revered and respected in the basketball and academic communities. The […]