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There's something in the way you move - horse racing and skiing are two sports where a better understanding of friction could work

Stack, M.M. (2004) There's something in the way you move - horse racing and skiing are two sports where a better understanding of friction could work. Physics World, 11. pp. 24-25. ISSN 0953-8585

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Abstract

Have you ever had the experience of gliding effortlessly across a dance floor with a partner of rugby-player proportions, yet endured a swollen ankle minutes later from the quickstep of someone half the size? Why does one twin sister seem to be "hard" on shoes while the other can make a pair last twice as long? The explanation for counterintuitive phenomena like these lies in the study of friction and wear - a field known as tribology - and an increasingly rich source of tribological data come from the science of sport.