The Brain Science of Figure Skating: How Practice Makes Perfect

Olympic figure skaters make it look easy. But their grace and power comes from years of training away from the cameras and crowds — practice that strengthens not only their bodies, but their minds. Controlling our bodies is one of most amazing and complicated things our brains do, and scientists have just begun to understand how they do it.

In celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Silver Medalist Paul Wylie joins Drs. Rui Costa and Nathaniel Sawtell, neuroscientists at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, on a journey inside the minds of some of the world's most elite athletes.

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