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Has a swimmer ever been disqualified for an illegal stroke at a top-level championship?

Is it ever happened that a swimmer was disqualified during a top-level competition (for example, the Olympics or World Championships) for a bad or incorrect stroke?
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Is English the official language for international sport events?

There are specific languages official for every sports (i.e. soccer/cricketboxing) / sport events (olympics/world events/continental events)? I think the mostly used is English, but what about for ...
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The longest Olympic winning streak for a nation

Asking this question I was thinking about the longest gold medal streak for a nation in a speciality. So it mean both summer and winter Olympic games and also for team or individual speciality. For ...
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The longest Olympic winning streak?

Which was the longest winning streak in Olympics in the same specialty?
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Olympic sports with mixed team?

What are, if they exist, Olympic sports (both winter and summers Games) where there are team composed by men and women?
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Why was Canada's Mens 4x100 relay team DQed in the London Olympics?

http://t.thestar.com/#/article/sports/olympics/2012/08/11/london_2012_canada_disqualified_in_mens_4x100_relay.html says that Canada was on the podium... until the judges saw that Connaughton, ...
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Has anyone won an olympic gold without setting the fast time in the competition?

Has anyone won an olympic gold medal without also setting the fast time in the competition? For example someone else might have set the fastest time in the heats, but lost or been disqualified in the ...
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What happens If Olympic torch gets off accidentally?

What happens If Olympic torch gets off accidentally?
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Why women wear underwear and bra in athletics in olympics [closed]

I don't think that wearing full pants or covering your body during any sports might effect your game. Even men use to wear enough coverable clothes in all the sports including athletics. But why do ...
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Athletes info during the competitions

How can a journalist find so much information and statistics about athletes during the competition, in sports like tennis/athletics/swimming or the Olympic Games? I think journalists can access a ...
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How many times Olympics gold medal winner goalies faced in the NHL playoffs?

Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers will be playing in the eastern conference playoffs of the NHL starting this Saturday (2013-2014 season). I was watching TSN tonight and it was brought up that ...
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Can Canada now be called an Olympic hockey dynasty? [closed]

I heard this is the first team to win back to back gold medals in hockey in the last 26 years. Does that deserve the title of "dynasty"?
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Russian National Ice-Hockey Team

I've seen Russia lose its match in the Olympics (2014). From the commentators on the television, I was informed that many of them play in the NHL and are millionaires. How many do play in the NHL and ...
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What are the differences between the alpine skiing events?

The Olympics has five different alpine (downhill) skiing events: Downhill Slalom Giant Slalom Super Giant Slalom (Super-G) Super Combined What are the differences between these different events? ...
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Gold, silver, and bronze medal sweep in Winter Olympics by a single country?

I am proud to see that the Dutch athletes have now obtained Gold, Silver and Bronze for one event, and that even twice. When trying to figure out whether this happened before, I found several ...
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What's a twizzle?

My wife's made me watch a lot of ice dancing in the past, and have no recollection of any reference to a "twizzle". This year, it seems like it's standard jargon that any enthusiast should know. ...
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What is the most dangerous sport in the Winter Olympics?

The Winter Olympics, much more so than the Summer Olympics, includes lots of sports that seem dangerous. Many of the sports involve incredible speed or jumps that are not found in the Summer games. ...
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What is the significance of the Olympic logo?

I'm curious about the history and meaning of the five ring Olympic logo. When was this logo designed, and does it have any symbolic meaning?
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Which Winter Olympic sports gather the highest TV viewership?

Which Winter Olympic sports gather the highest TV viewership? This question is partly based on the assumption that Norway, which is where I'm from, overestimates cross-country skiing as a major ...
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In what order are the countries during the Olympics Opening Ceremony?

Shortly after the beginning of the Olympics Opening Ceremony, the Parade of Athletes occurs where the athletes enter the stadium by country. It usually seems to be alphabetical, but some countries ...
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What factors contributed to Sochi 2014 being over-budget?

The budget for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia was originally $12 billion USD. However, due to "various factors," the amount spent is believed to be around $51 billion USD, which is the ...
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Are there social media guidelines for athletes in the Olympics?

At the 2012 Olympics in London, two athletes were expelled for offensive tweets on Twitter(1). Are there social media guidelines for athletes in the Olympics? If so, are these enforced by the IOC, ...
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Why does NBC host Olympic coverage in the USA?

Living in the USA, NBC (and affiliated networks) has hosted Olympic coverage since I can remember (I think it was CBS at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano). Why does NBC host Olympic coverage in ...
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What is the significance of Olympic Village?

During the Olympics, I know that athletes stay in Olympic Village(1). At the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing built an Olympic Villiage(2). What is the significance of Olympic Village? Couldn't athletes ...
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Is it true that sports which use motorized equipment cannot participate in Olympics?

I have heard that sports that use motorized equipment cannot participate in the Olympics, such as Formula One. Is it true or just rumor? I am talking about those equipments which are used by players ...
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Which countries can participate in the Olympics?

Which countries can participate in the Olympic games? Not to participate in a particular sport (like this question asks) but to participate in the Olympics at all. Is there any criteria for a country ...
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How can a country be eligible to participate in any sport in the Olympics?

How can a country be eligible to participate in any sport in the Olympics? Do they have to play any qualifying rounds? Or they can be eligible by its ranking (if applicable)? Or is there any other way ...
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Has the Super Bowl ever been played on the opening day of the Olympics?

Have the two events ever been simultaneous?
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Olympic medalist in both the Summer and Winter Olympics

Has anyone ever won Olympic medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics?
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What is the age limit for racewalking (20k and 50k) for the Olympics?

I am a race walker, and am interested to take part in the Olympics. But, as I google for the age limit in Olympic race walking, I find nothing. I can see many race walkers are 20+ y.o. and I really ...
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How to enter in 2016 Olympics? [closed]

I am undergrad in economics. I am also a race walker. I want to play in Rio Olympics 2016. But, I don't know when and which procedure is required to get to Olympic stadium. Please help. I will ...
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A single qualification framework for all sporting codes (coaching/refferee/administrator)? Is this possible & worthwhile?

In South Africa the SA Sport and Olympic Committee (SACOC) has asked all their national sport organisations to conform to a uniform qualification framework in order to "grade" coaches/ referees / ...
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What is the oldest and active olympic sport?

Wrestling is one of the oldest olympic sport which was removed from olympics since 1904. I need to know, What is the oldest olympic sport that continued till now?
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What Records did Yoav Bruck break as a swimmer? [closed]

I know Yoav Bruck broke a few records during his time at the swimming pool. Can you tell me what they are? Does he still hold any that haven't been broken yet?
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What was the motivation behind the removal of wrestling from the Olympics?

I wonder why wrestling was removed from the Olympics without any public discussion. I do not follow wrestling on a regular basis but considering that it has been one of the oldest sports in the world ...
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How are the locations of the Olympics determined?

In 2014, the Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia. In 2016, the Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. There are candidate cities that submit bids to host the Olympics. In ...
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What are the reasons that cricket is not included in the Olympics? [closed]

I found online that it was last played in the 1900 Olympics. It hasn't been played since. What are the reasons that cricket is no longer included as an Olympic sport?
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Team sports in olympics

What are the team sports that have been added in the Olympics? When was football added to the Olympics? What team sport will be added in Olympics 2016? Who will decide [when Cricket will be ...
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Which Olympic sport was the first to have a women's counterpart?

The original Olympics, in Greece, were male-only insofar as the participants, per my research. Modern Olympics, obviously, have men's and women's competitions. However, given that most Western nations ...
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Cheating in the Olympics

Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa won the gold medal and set a world record in the 100m breaststroke at London 2012, but has since admitted to cheating after the Austrialian swim team accused him ...
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What are side shields on ballistic eyewear seen in recent Olympics shooting?

Please, notice the side shields at this goggles (image taken from Olympics video which can be found here, shown @ 2:48). There were multiple such things shown during that contest and they ...
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In the London 2012 Olympic Football, what players will receive medals?

When the football teams that finish in the medal ranking positions (winners, runners up, and 3rd place playoff winners) are awarded the medals, which players will receive medals? Will it be all squad ...
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Grunting in tennis

While watching Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova play for the gold medal in London 2012, I noticed Williams was going about her business while Sharapova was grunting each time she hit the ball. ...
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What do the cards in table tennis mean?

I saw in an Olympics table tennis match a Chinese athlete being given a red card. I think she lost the point but I'm not too sure. So why would would some receive a red/yellow card in table tennis ...
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Derivation of variables in the heptathlon point system equations

The point system equations for the heptathlon are listed at the following question - Heptathlon point system calculation My question is how did the founders of this scoring system come up with the ...
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Heptathlon point system calculation

Are there equations that are used to calculate the scores (as in diving and such)? If so, what are these equations? And if not, please state how the points are calculated.
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Disqualification due to unmotivated play/intentional losing

Yesterday I read about the latest "scandal" at the Olympic games in London, that 8 players (4 pairs) have been disqualified from the Womens' badminton championship due to "not using one's best efforts ...
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Gymnastics Scoring

In scoring routines in gymnastics, there is "theoretically no limit to the score a gymnast can achieve." However, the highest score judges can award for the execution of a routine is 10. Furthermore, ...
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On the scoring system for synchronised diving

Whilst watching the current London Olympics I noticed that out of the 10 scores shown for each dive in synchronised diving, a few a crossed out each time. Why are a few of the scores always crossed ...
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Why did a swimmer wear a swim cap with someone else's name?

Yesterday, in the 200m freestyle qualifying heat, Nimrod Shapira Bar-On (from Israel) wore a swim cap with another person's name. Why?