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Archive for April, 2011

The Science of Choking, Figure Skating Style

With Worlds underway in Moscow this week I was especially captivated reading the chapter “The Art of Failure” in Malcom Gladwell’s latest book, What the Dog Saw. In this article, originally published in the New Yorker in 2000, Gladwell investigates the difference between choking and panicking. According to Gladwell (and the scientists he interviews) panic [...]

What Happened to Mira Leung?

This is a question that came in from a reader and one that I asked myself during the Canadian Figure Skating Championships earlier this year. What happened to Mira Leung? Canadian figure skating fans will remember that Mira was touted as the country’s next big talent when she rose to fame after she began landing [...]