## 5. Beaten by 0.001 seconds

January 23, 2014Here is a screen grab from the New York Times article on Speed Skating:

Annette Gerristen lost the Gold Medal in the 1000 m Women’s speed skate competition by 0.02 seconds.

From the wonderful NBC Mathletes Video

# How far can a speed skater travel in 0.02 secs?

When 1st and 2nd place are separated by 0.02 seconds, they are travelling at almost the same speed. So the second place contestant is:

# 23.8 cm

behind the winner.

The distance travelled by the winning speed skater in 0.002 seconds would be:

# 2.38 cm.

So the second place competitor would be 2.38 cm behind.

If a speed skater lost the Gold Medal by 0.001 seconds, the smallest measured time segment at the Olympics, they would be:

# 1.19 cm

behind the winner. That is less than the length of a small fingernail.

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