ScienceWIRED's Robbie Gonzalez looks at carry vs. total distance, breaks down the biomechanics of the tee shot, and gets tips from Dustin Johnson, one of the top drivers on the tour, to find out why it's Almost Impossible to drive a golf ball 450 yards through the air.
SportsLogan Broadbent is one of the world's top boomerang throwers. To throw and catch with his level of precision requires a solid understanding of aeronautics, weather, physics, athletic endurance and the ability to build world class boomerangs from scratch.
ScienceIn 2020 climbing will be an official Olympic sport with three events -- lead, bouldering and speed climbing. The fastest time up the standard 15 meter speed wall is 5.48 seconds. Could it be faster? WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez climbs with junior champion Jordan Fishman and professional climber Alex Honnold to find out.
GadgetsRichard Browning built the world's fastest personal jet suit. WIRED spoke with him to find out about the design process and engineering of a radical new form of transportation.
ScienceSkipping stones is a fun pastime but some people take it very seriously and compete. The world record number of skips is 88! WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez dives into the physics and physicality of extreme stone skipping.
CultureCan video games help improve hand-eye coordination? Can they help train your brain and improve your cognitive abilities? WIRED Senior Editor Peter Rubin tests his skills against a pro sports gamer to find out if gaming can improve your brain and body.
ScienceThe standing vertical jump is an important measure of an athlete's explosive power and a critical test in the NFL Combine. So who jumps the highest? And what's the limit? WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez jumps in to examine the physics and physicality of maximum leaping ability.
ScienceThe "gol olimpico" or "Olympic goal" – an unassisted corner kick bent into goal – is one of the rarest in soccer. WIRED's Robbie Gonzalez straps on his shin-guards to explore the shot's perfect mix of soccer science and skill.
SportsU.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes use the power of Twitter to answer some common questions about their respective Olympic and Paralympic sports.
SportsLegendary wide receiver Jerry Rice uses the power of Twitter to answer some common questions about the game of football.
SportsTony Hawk uses the power of Twitter to answer some common questions about skateboarding. Will there ever be another Tony Hawk's Pro Skater? What skateboarding trick was the hardest to learn? Are you ever too old to start skating? Tony also demonstrates how to set up a new skateboard, how to apply griptape, how to do an ollie, how to boardslide, how to do a 540° McTwist and more.
ScienceWIRED explores the science behind what it really takes to be an olympic BMX athlete, featuring Alise Post and Connor Fields.
ScienceWhat does it take to be an Olympic sprinter? Power and aggression. WIRED talks to Allyson Felix, Lashawn Merritt, Ashton Eaton, Jarryd Wallace, and Dawn Harper about the science behind the sport, and the mechanics behind propelling their bodies from the blocks to the finish line.