Questions tagged [olympics]

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Was the proposed swimming caps for black hair rejected by the International Swimming Federation because it provides some unfair performance?

I read on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jul/02/swimming-caps-for-natural-black-hair-ruled-out-of-olympic-games-alice-dearing (mirror): International Swimming Federation rejects use of Soul ...
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What are the current rules for modern pentathlon?

The rules for a modern pentathlon competition have changed several times since it was created in 1912, such as combining running and shooting, and an announcement in 2021 that equestrian would be ...
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How long is men’s Giant Slalom at the Olympics (Ice River)

While I found some info about the Ice River track, on steepness (68°, seems absurd, and I could not verify) and vertical drop (424m), I’m wondering about the length of the track, esp. for Giant Slalom....
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How іs іce dance dіfferent than figure skatіng?

I'm a casual Olympіcs vіewer, and I watched what I thought was fіgure skatіng. I remember watchіng the lіkes of Mіchelle Kwan, Sarah Hughes, and Evan Lysachek. But I was watchіng "fіgure skatіng&...
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What's a hіt іn halfpіpe?

I've watched a lot of halfpіpe snowboarding іn the past but have no recollectіon of any reference to a "hіt". This year, іt seems as though іt's standard јargon that any enthusіast should ...
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What іs a suіt vіolatіon? How do they provide advantages?

I was watchіng the Olympіcs, and the broadcast team durіng the skі jumpіng event mentіoned a "suit violation." At fіrst, I thought they meant "wardrobe malfunctіon." However, іt ...
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When do you cross the finish line in Alpine Skiing - when your skis cross or when your head crosses?

I'm watching the women's slalom event in the 2022 Winter Olympics, and every single skier has bent over to put their head forward as they cross the finish line. It is similar to how a runner in a ...
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At the 1912 Olympics pole vault, why were bronze medals awarded when a gold and two silver were also awarded?

At the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, something rather unusual happened with the medals awarded in the men's pole vault competition. Ordinarily when there is a tie for second place, multiple ...
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Which non-judged Olympic event has had the longest streak of different countries winning gold, ending in the most recent Olympics?

I want to know which non-judged Olympic event(s) is/are hardest for one country to dominate. Which event has had the longest streak of totally different countries winning gold, with the streak ...
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Has any high official (politician) won any medal in an important competition while holding office?

This article mentions that the current Minister of Youth and Sports won the Paralympic silver medal in Tokyo's Paralympic Games: Romanian cyclist Eduard Novak, the current Minister of Youth and ...
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Why is Olympic Archery 1-on-1 rather than all-at-once?

Background: In 100 Meter Dash or Canoeing, there is no space to let all Participants run at once, hence there are numerous qualification rounds where 10 (or a little more) Participants run and try to ...
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Tie breaker in combined climbing

In Olympic combined climbing, the three scores are multiplied. However I want to know what happens if there is a tie. Consider the following: Climber A: 1st speed, 2nd Bouldering, 3rd lead Climber B: ...
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Why do canoers appear to stop paddling in the final few metres of the race?

In this men's C-2 1000m canoe race at Tokyo (2020/2021) Olympics (video provided by NBC Sports), it shows that near 10 meters away from the finish line, it seems that China still leads marginally, ...
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Why are the seats of the Olympic track and field stadium different colors?

With nobody in the seats, it can be plainly seen that the seats in the Olympic track and field stadium in Tokyo are of four different colors (maroon, light green, dark green, and white) in no ...
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What happens if 2 high jumpers do not agree on what to do if they are tied?

In the men's high jump event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the top 2 competitors were both tied after their final jump. They were given the choice of going to a jump off, or sharing the gold medal. They ...
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Why position of racers in this track not in order?

I am referring to Athletics - Round 1 - Heat 3 of Women's 200m Olympics 2021: Why position of racers in this track not in order ?
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Where are all the post-event olympic interviews?

I'm used to seeing athletes who win their event in the Olympics interviewed straight after but this Olympics I've seen basically no interviews at all. Where are they all? I'm in Australia and our ...
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A country winning all 3 medals at a Summer Olympics event

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Jamaican sprinters Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Shericka Jackson swept the 100 meters women's medals by winning gold, silver, and bronze ...
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Why do official Olympics youtube channel in USA hiding Indian videos?

This is the screenshot of official Olympics Youtube channel from India (July 30, 2021): Here is the official Olympic Youtube channel from USA location (July 30 2021):
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Are World Records set in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics not considered Olympic records?

As the title is asking, why is this? Why aren't records set in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics considered Olympic records? This IS the Olympics that we're watching on tv right now and that's going on in ...
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Why do top NBA stars from USA skip the Olympics?

Why does LeBron James, Anthony Davis (AD), and other big NBA stars skip the Olympics so much? Doesn't going help with endorsement, etc.? This year doesn't even have Stephen Curry and we had to settle ...
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What is failed attempts in weightlifting?

In this photo (source), Hidilyn Diaz and Chinshanlo Zulfiya had failed attempts. And Liao had a score of 97 (successful attempt) in her 3rd snatch, and Diaz had 99 score but failed attempt. I guess my ...
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Why do we not see strong-man athletes competing in olympic weightlifting?

Strong-man is of course filled with quite unique events, but many of its athletes hold world-records in traditional weight-lifting events such as deadlift. Many of the sport's biggest names are in ...
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Why do skateboarders in the olympics get multiple attempts to land a trick but gymnasts don't?

Is there a reason why olympic skateboarders receive more leeway to land their maneuvers than olympic gymnasts who need to land their maneuvers the first time?
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Why are the canadian uniforms for cycling blue?

I always wondered. Most uniforms in the olympics for canada are, well, red, white, or a combination of the two. Except for cycling, where, since I can remember watching the olympics, the uniforms are ...
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What is the OLY used behind the names of Olympians?

Many Olympians used the OLY behind their names on their social media, business cards and other settings. It clears why they can use the OLY, but what does it mean?
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What measures will the Olympic Committee take to avoid route leaks in Sports Climbing?

The Bouldering and Lead Climbing events at Tokyo 2020 (now 2021) will require professional routesetters to design routes for the athletes to climb. This creates the potential for those routes to be ...
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How are marathon numbers decided (And why do they always seem to be in the thousands?)

Watching an old Olympic marathon and I'm wondering... How are the marathon athlete numbers decided? In other disciplines, usually the favorite has 1, then the runner up 2, etc. But in the Olympic ...
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Finding a sport composed of multiple other sports

I am 100% sure that it was in the past 2 Olympics but not the most recent in 2016. The sport was about running but there is a twist that a competitor has to complete other tasks like shooting, ...
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Is there a medical exam for Olympic games participants provided by an Olympic comitee?

As far as I understand, the sport clubs and/or countries has their medical tests for the competitors in international competitions like Olympic games. However these "regional" exams are not standard ...
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Which countries have won the fewest medals at the Olympics?

I am curious about the countries that have won the fewest medals at the Olympics - or are there countries that never won any kind of medal at the Olympics? To keep the list a sensible size, let's ...
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What is the difference between a Body Check and Woman's Body Check?

This image is from the Sochi Winter Olympics: Why is Women Body Checking different from a regular Body Check? I mean, pretty sure not every penalty was preceded by Women's in the match (like Women ...
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Additional basketball qualification tournaments for 2020 Olympics

Helo! I would like to ask for some help in understanding how qualifications for Olympic men's basketball tournament at 2020 Olympics work. Firstly, i know that there would be 12 teams at basketball'...
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UFC champions with Olympics medals

Henry Cejudo became the first Olympic champion to win a UFC belt in the UFC history. Cejudo beat the defending champion, Demetrious Johnson in UFC 227 in Los Angeles. Which UFC champions have been ...
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What's the difference between the two skateboarding categories in the Summer Olympics?

Skateboarding was approved in the 2020 Summer Olympics. The official program lists two categories: park and street. I was expecting vert and street. To me, park was the same as street, but in skate ...
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Are men allowed to compete in underwear or only shorts in Olympics marathon? [closed]

In Olympics marathon race, are men allowed to run by wearing only underwear, or underwear can only be worn by women while racing?
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Why is cricket not played at the Olympics?

I am a big fan of cricket but cricket is not played in Olympics I want to know the reason of cricket is not played in Olympics
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Why didn't Lu Xiaojun get to lift 177kg at the 2012 London Olympic Games? [closed]

See video here. Why didn't the jury overturn the decision for Lu Xiaojun's attempt at 177kg at the 2012 London Olympic Games when he missed the minute countdown due to a "tactical hiccup"? "......
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What is the advantage to ask the Power Play in curling?

I have seen during the Mixed Double olympic tournaments in Pyeongchang that some team can start the end with the pre-placed stones not in the center position but from a side. This is called "Power ...
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Power Plays in the Final Period

After watching the US-Canada Women's gold medal match, where the Canadian's had 30 seconds remaining in a power play following the end of the last period, I have to ask a question. If you know that a ...
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Athletes who have won medals in multiple disciplines in the same Olympics games

Has there been any male or female athlete who won medals in multiple disciplines during the same Olympics game? If so, list the athlete's name, as well as the year, and the disciplines of medal ...
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Was Elizabeth Swaney the second lowest ranked competitor going into the women's halfpipe skiing?

Elizabeth Swaney got her own twitter moment saying that she qualified for the women's halfpipe skiing by gaming the system. That she met the requirement of being in the top 30 by competing in events ...
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What does Australia do to get kids into winter sports at an early age [closed]

Australia is a mostly tropical/sub-tropical country. There is a small mountain range in the southeast of the country which receives snowfall for a couple of winter months. We can say that overall, the ...
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What happens when time runs out in Curling Olympics matches?

During the Olympic Games in curling it is easy to see two stopwatches (one per team) with a time that starts from 38 minutes each . What happens if the time should end for a team? Has this ...
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Who was the first Korean to compete in the Olympics?

The Wikipedia article South Korea at the Olympics mentions that the first people from Korea to win an Olympic medal were in 1936, competing for the empire of Japan. But what about the first people ...
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What is the point of the "Small Final" in Snowboard Cross?

Last night I watched the women's snowboard cross event of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. After the semifinal races and before the final race (officially known as the "Big Final"), NBC showed ...
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How is the scoring determined in Winter Olympic Sports?

I'm watching the Winter Olympics on television here in the U.S. I don't know too much about winter sports, especially the nuances of Olympic competition. However, watching the downhill skiing ...
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How many people are representing the US officially in the 2018 Winter Olympics?

I was watching the opening ceremony and the announcer mentioned that there were 242 athletes representing the US in the Olympics. My question is does this represent all the trainers and coaches as ...
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Athletes under the Olympics flag competing in team sports

The Russian Olympic team has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics due to government supported doping allegations. However, 168 athletes from Russia were permitted to participate in ...
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Who are the "Olympic Athletes from Russia"?

Who are the "Olympic Athletes from Russia"? I was watching the 2018 Winter Olympics and saw "Olympic Athletes from Russia." Why isn't this done for other countries such as "Olympic Athletes from the ...
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