—Curling Chemistry, Speed For Sliders “” Rick Olson got his first taste of curling at the age of five when his father, charged with an evening of child care, took the Olson kids to the local curling club. Olson remembers the spot as cold, dark, and full of silly guys whacking brooms against the ice. In the past few years, however, Olson, a mechanical engineer with Battelle, has become something of a curling enthusiast. As part of the curling club in Columbus, Ohio, he regularly slides 44-lb stones across the ice. An engineer to the core, Olson has also been learning about the science behind curling, which he’ll be lecturing on at Battelle this week to mark the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
by Bethany Halford |
February 10, 2014