What it looks like to go down a luge track at a blazing 80mph

Bumpy. Dangerously fast as hell. And it looks like the luger will careen off the course at any given moment.Doubles luger Matthew Mortenson put on a helmet cam on a ride down the luge track in Sochi to show us what it's like to go zooming down sloping slick ice on your back and while it looks like a fun roller coaster… » 2/14/14 9:01pm 2/14/14 9:01pm

Here's what the Winter Olympics looked like more than 80 years ago

I think ice skating at Rockefeller during the holidays looks more professional than this. But hey it was Lake Placid, NY, USA in 1932 and it was only the third Winter Olympics and what they were doing was probably groundbreaking stuff. There were only 4 sports! 14 events! 17 countries! 252 athletes! It's like going up… » 2/13/14 12:12am 2/13/14 12:12am

How Sochi Is Making It Snow in a Subtropical Resort

So far, the Sochi Olympics has had its share of difficulties. But there might be a sort of reasonable explanation for that! You see, while Sochi's organizers were letting everything else fall to the wayside, they were busy perfecting the one thing totally out of their control: the weather. Here's how Sochi—which is… » 2/06/14 10:00am 2/06/14 10:00am

How snow machines create snow for the Winter Olympics

Sochi, Russia, the host city of next month's Winter Olympics, is nothing close to cold right now. The temperature hovers at a very mild 55 degrees which means it's very far from freezing which means it's very far from snowing. But. Like. Um. You kind of need snow to host a Winter Olympics. So Sochi enlisted the help… » 1/21/14 7:34pm 1/21/14 7:34pm

Some 2014 Olympic Gold Medals Will Have a Russian Meteorite In Them

Winning a gold medal is one of the highest achievements in sports, the beautiful round medallion rewards years of hard work and confirms an athlete's status as the very best. Russia is going to sweeten the deal a bit in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (no, they're not wrapping chocolate inside), with extra medals that… » 7/25/13 11:13pm 7/25/13 11:13pm

This Is the Badass Bobsled BMW Designed for the US Winter Olympic Team

Last Fall BMW teased Winter Olympics fans with a concept sketch of the two-man bobsled it was designing for the U.S. Men's Bobsled Team. But with the season officially starting this past Saturday, the design, which will hopefully help the two-man team win their first gold medal since 1936, was finally unveiled. » 1/24/13 10:48am 1/24/13 10:48am

Russia Wants to Bring the Olympic Flame to the International Space…

In a move mirroring the personalty of their own premier, Vlad Putin, Russia wants to take the 2014 Winter Olympic Flame up to the International Space Station. Roscosmos just has to solve the ever-so-tiny problem of protecting the flame from a space habitat full of pressurized oxygen (which is prohibited on the ISS FOR… » 2/24/11 6:40pm 2/24/11 6:40pm

Russian Billionaire Buys World's Largest Drill, Swears He Won't Drill…

The following is not the plot to an upcoming Bond film: Russian bootstrap billionaire and Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich announced that his construction company, Infrastruktura, would spend $160 million on the world's largest drill. The drill, five meters wider than the current champ, built by the same… » 3/27/08 1:20pm 3/27/08 1:20pm