Sochi 2014: The Hockey Puck. Still The Fastest Thing At The Winter Olympics

As we’ve moved on to the two-man/woman bobsled events, and eventually to the four-man/woman variety, I can’t help but wonder, “What is the fastest thing at the Winter Olympics?” Apparently I’m not alone because the folks at Smarter Every Day (great YouTube page, you should check it out) were wondering the same thing.

In this graphic there are things I knew, and things I didn’t. The luge is clearly a more aerodynamic sport when compared to skelton, but not by much. Perhaps proving my hypotheses right…NO HUMAN BEING SHOULD GO FACE FIRST ON A SLED EVER!!

Also interesting? The ski jump ramp takes participants upwards of 60 mph, but it’s nowhere near the velocity of a Zdeno Charra slap shot. The hockey puck…still the fastest thing at the Winter Olympics.

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