Season 7, Episode 4 Race for the Gold
First Aired: October 30, 1979
How training and technology prime Olympic athletes. In East Germany, the women's swimming team is seen during a scientifically organized and controlled practice. In the U.S., computers are used to analyze marathoner Bill Rodgers' physique and running style and discus thrower Mac Wilkins' technique. Also: the effects of anabolic steroids on athletic performance.
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- Premiered: March 3, 1974
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- Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)