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NOVA; Can Science Build a Champion Athlete?


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Can Science Build a Champion Athlete?
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Athletes are training smarter, running faster, jumping higher and generally outperforming their predecessors-thanks to high technology. This program covers the record-setting trend for improving sports performance with science. Performers highlighted include Mark Spitz, Jackie Joiner-Kersee, Trent Dimas, Linford Christie and Darra Torres.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Can Science Build a Champion Athlete?,” 01/27/1993, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9401730EEDE34711B13EB74ED9939F9B.
MLA: “NOVA; Can Science Build a Champion Athlete?.” 01/27/1993. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9401730EEDE34711B13EB74ED9939F9B>.
APA: NOVA; Can Science Build a Champion Athlete?. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9401730EEDE34711B13EB74ED9939F9B
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