Winter Athletes Are Happy To Answer Complex Questions About The Sports They Make Look Easy

"Everybody's challenges are different."

With the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang now upon us — and the 2018 Winter Paralympics happening next month in the same locale — we're seeing a lot of our beloved U.S. athletes. A slew of talented guys and gals answer questions from Twitter about their respective sports in a new Wired video, thereby giving us a crash course in what it takes to do what they do.


First up was Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy (who also competed in 2014), who was asked how someone finds out if they're good at ski jumps or not. His advice? You just need to get out there and give it a shot. "You have to just try to see if you're good at it," he said." It all starts on the tiny, tiny jumps, skiing, small tricks, and then you slowly progress."

Then came brother-sister Olympic ice dancing team Alex and Maia Shibutani (who also competed in 2014 and are competing again this year), who were asked what the hardest trick — or elements, if using the technical term — in figure skating is. "Twizzles. Twizzles are rotating turns done on one foot," they answered. "They need to be done across the ice, in unison."

Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy (who competed in 2014 and hopes to compete in 2018) was asked why people with no legs compete against people with only one prosthetic leg. "It's not exactly fair, but they make it as fair as they can," she said. "They group similar impairments together, but everybody's challenges are different." Plus, Purdy added, it motivates her to "train that much harder."

There's so much more to explore in this video. As for the Olympic athletes, you'll hear from bobsledders and snowboarders. When it comes to the Paralympic athletes, you'll see ice hockey (aka sled hockey) players, alpine skiers, and Nordic skiers.

Watch the full video for yourself, here:

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