The Olympic authorities claimed he was a professional runner, and thus not allowed to competeA group of mainly Olympic officials had claimed that Nurmi had received a too high amount of travel expenses for running in Germany, and was therefore a professional runner. Nurmi did go to Los Angeles (where the games were held) nevertheless, but even though nearly all other competitors pleaded with the IOC to allow Nurmi to compete in the marathon, the ban was not lifted. His only subsequent participation in the Games was that he was chosen to light the Olympic flame in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics
Olympic flame. In addition, Huanhuan represents fire and ball/racquet sports.
because the official lap counter lost track of the race because he was watching another event. He failed to ring the bell to signify the last lap. Because of this, the entire field ran at total of 364 yards extra. If the official had kept his mind on his job, Iso-Hollo would probably have broken the World Record, a feat he eventually managed the following year.
Britain, France, Australia and Greece are the only four countries to have participated in every Olympic Games of the 20th century.
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Question 1• In Rome in 1960, the marathon was won by a man who ran the race barefoot When trying on the shoes that had been offered by sponsor Adidas, he found that none of them fit him very well, which made him decide to walk barefoot. The appendectomy story is also true, but it was before the 1964 Olympics rather than the 1960 one. He was the first Olympic gold medalist from a country of black Africa, and the first athlete to win the Olympic marathon twice. He was also a favorite for the 1968 marathon, but had to abandon because of a knee injury.• Who is he ?
Question 2• They were born on the same day, 19 September 1922, and got married on their 26th birthday. Her Olympic victory came just a few hours after her husband’s victory on the 5000 meters.• Name this couple.
Question 3• American athlete Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals on the 1936 Berlin Olympics, at 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and 4x100 meters relay. However, he nearly missed the finals of the long jump, because his first two jumps had been declared fouls. He was saved when someone advised him to jump some distance before the official takeoff spot, so that his jump would definitely be valid, and because of his qualities enough to qualify for the last three jumps.• Who gave this advise to Jesse Owens?
Question 4• Paavo Nurmi was one of the so-called Flying Finns. In the 1924 Paris Olympics he gained 5 gold medals, in 1920 and 1928 another 4 gold and 3 silver ones. He also wanted to compete in the 1932 Olympics, but was unable to do so.• Why?
Question 5• The 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney had three mascots that each represented local fauna. Syd was a platypus, Millie was a kookaburra, and Ollie an echidna. In addition, the names of the mascots are all abbreviations. Syd, an abbreviation of the host city Sydney, Millie was an abbreviation representing the millennium, in which year the Olympics were held. Ollie was an abbreviation _______.• FITB
Question 6It was the mascot of 2008 Beijing Olympics. Each Fuwarepresents one particular category in Olympics, eg-Beibei, the blue fish fuwa represents water and aquaticsports.What does The red fuwa, Huanhuan represent ?
Question 7 In 1984, at the age of 17, she broke the womens 5000 meters world record with atime of 15:01.83. Since her performance took place in South Africa, then excludedfrom international athletics competition because ofits apartheid policy, the International Amateur Athletic Federation refused to ratifyher time as an official world record. In 1985 she claimed the world record officiallywhile representing Great Britain, clocking 14:48.07. Name this Olympic champion.
Question 8• In the first Los Angeles games in 1932, the steeplechase was won in exceptional circumstances. Volmari "Vomma" Fritijof Iso- Hollo, one of the last of the Flying Finns won the race, but was denied a World Record‘. Why ?
Question 10At the closing ceremony of the 1984Olympics in Los Angeles, he wore a vest withthe words, Thank You America for aWonderful Games‘. was rarely seen withouta smile on his face. In the 1984competition, he set a world record that stooduntil 1992. He was the first decathlete toattempt three successive Olympic titles, butfailed in 1988 because injury kept him downto fourth place. He was the first person tohold theOlympic, Commonwealth, World, andEuropean titles in a single event at the sametime. In major competitions, between 1979and 1987, he was never beaten. Name this
Question 11• Badminton made its debut as an official medal sport in 1992 Summer Barcelona Olympics. Interestingly the men’s singles and women’s singles champions later got married to each other. Who are they ?
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