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Why Are Olympic Records Always Broken?

How do athletes continually beat world records?
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Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz).

Further Reading / Resources:

World Records: How Much Athlete? How Much Technology?
http://dspace.ubvu.vu.nl/bitstream/handle/1871/21063/246944.pdf?sequence=2

Push-off mechanics in speed skating with conventional skates and klapskates.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10731006

Updates on improvement of human athletic performance: focus on world records in athletics
http://bmb.oxfordjournals.org/content/87/1/7.full.pdf+html

A new skate allowing powerful plantar flexions improves performance.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8778561

Have we broken Olympic records for the last time?
http://io9.com/5926368/have-we-broken-olympic-records-for-the-last-time