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Questions tagged [olympics]

For questions about the Olympic Games. This tag can be used for both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Questions should also be tagged with the specific sport if possible.

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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?

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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Olympic sports where teams compete for entry

Most Olympic sports are competed by individuals, or by teams that are are assembled from individuals in a selection or trial process. But curling (at least in the US) selects existing teams to ...
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After the revocation of an Olympic medal, do those who took lower places get upgraded?

Recently, there are numerous news about the Russian Olympic players being stripped of medals. There have been many similar cases in the past, too. Once a sportsperson gets stripped of their medal, do ...
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Cooperative sports throughout history

There exist competitive board games (e.g. Chess, Scrabble, Battleship) and cooperative board games (e.g. Pandemic, Hanabi). It appears to me as all popular sports are competitive in nature (...
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Why isn't Cricket an Olympics sport event? [duplicate]

Olympics is the biggest sporting event on earth, but there are still some spots that are not included in the Olympics like Cricket. It is now a much more popular sport over the world but there are ...
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How are different sport climbing disciplines combined?

Last year the IOC decided to include sport climbing in the 2020 Olympics. Sport climbing covers three distinct disciplines: lead, boulder and speed. The 2020 event will be a combination of those ...
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How extrordinary is it to win a 400 meter race from lane 8?

Looking back at Rio 2016, how great was Wayde van Niekerks win in the 400m sprint? Not only running the fastest time ever but doing it from lane 8? How much more extraordinary is the feat seeing as it ...
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Can physically disabled people participate in the Olympics?

E.g. can a person without a hand technically participate 100-metre dash? Was there any precedents(in any sport)? NB: I don't ask about the moral side of the question and don't want to change the ...
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Can I take part in the Olympic Games decathlon by default?

I'm 17 and I do the decathlon in high school. My country has a terrible sports history and doesn't have a record for half of the athletics events. Their record for decathlon was set in 1979 and is ...
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What happens if every city withdraws bids to host the Olympics?

According to this article, Budapest will withdraw its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, leaving only Los Angeles and Paris in the race What happens if both Paris and Los Angeles also withdraw ...
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If a swimmer breaks a record in a medley event, does the record count towards the individual event or the medley event?

If a swimmer breaks, for instance, the 100-meter free stroke record in a medley event does that record count towards the hundred meters discipline or are those records held apart?
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Has there been a NBA Father-Son Duos that have won an NBA Title and Olympic Gold Medal?

I am curious, with 2nd generation players that have come through the NBA, Has there been a NBA player who is a father to another NBA player and both have won a NBA Title and a gold medal in the ...
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Athlete medal Olympics and Paralympics?

By now it is quite common to find cases of athletes who participated in the Olympic Games and also the Paralympic Games, but it is more difficult to find athletes with great results in both. Has it ...
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How long is the longest gap between gold medal wins by the same person in an individual event?

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Anthony Ervin won gold in the 50m freestyle, the same event he won gold in at the 2000 Summer Olympics. This marks 16 years between gold medal wins. Has there been a ...
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What are the criteria for deciding which sports to include in the Olympic curriculum? [duplicate]

I am surprised that squash has never been adopted, and I am wondering what the criteria are for deciding what to include. There also seems to be an absence of sports which can be played by older ...
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What is the highest percentage of gold medals by nation for a speciality?

I think about men basketball where in 15/18 editions the gold medal was taken by the USA team. Is this 83% (=15/18) the higher percentage of gold medal won by the same country for a single Olympic ...
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Are women allowed to compete in men's division in Olympic Games? [closed]

Question Are women allowed to compete in men's division in the Olympic Games? So, how is the "men's division" officially defined by the IOC? Is it explicitly for men only or is it an "open division" ...
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Why was USA disqualified from the 4x100 men's relay final in the Rio Olympics?

After the mens 4x100 relay final races in Rio on August the 19th the commentators said they exchanged the baton outside the box. What does that mean?
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What does “WB” and “OB” mean for the decathlon?

I only caught this during yesterday's Olympic broadcast. For the men's decathlon, for the 1500m event, it showed in the upper left of the screen: WB: 4 min and change OB: 4 min and change I'm ...
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Bolt + Blake + Powell ever run together in a 4x100m relay?

I've gone through the best results at alltime-athletics.com, but could not find it. The Rio 2016 Olympic Men's 4x100m Relay final will probably feature Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell running ...
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Olympic 50km race walk

Recently saw an odd event in the Olympics: the 50km race walk I was shown footage of the finish and it was someone walking up to the finish. Obviously you are not allowed to run but What would ...
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When are “mixed teams” allowed in Olympics?

Reading about the olympics I found that sometimes it was allowed "mixed teams". Now for countries with deep bonds this might make sense, but mixed teams from countries like Great Britain and France? ...
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Why is Olympic freestyle wrestling completed in a single day?

Many sports in the Olympics have their games spread across one or even two weeks. But all matches in the wrestling tournament are completed within a single day. This would lead to more tired athletes ...
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Why Olympics don't follow exact time to conduct a game?

According to the Olympic schedule, the Women's Badminton semifinal between Nozomi and Sindhi should occur at 1700 IST. However, this game seems to have been held hours later, at 2030 IST. Why would a ...
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Athletes who have competed in the Olympics for more than one country [closed]

The Olympic Charter states 41 Nationality of competitors * Any competitor in the Olympic Games must be a national of the country of the NOC which is entering such competitor. All matters ...
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Olympics medal table by country revoked for cheating

It is normal for Olympic competitions to have a medal table: a list of the countries in the order of golds, silvers, then bronzes. Does such a table by country exist for medals which were won and ...
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Platform diving - diver standing position

I am following the Olympic diving. I am always wondering why or how divers choose to jump from different positions on the platform (i.e not from the center)
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Why do the olympic beach volleyball teams not set?

I have been watching a lot of the Olympic Beach VolleyBall, and I noticed that they almost never set the ball using an overhead set (two hands open position over their head.) Has this type of set ...
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Was “freestyle” swimming anything other than “front crawl”

In competitive swimming, "freestyle" events are those which have very few limitations in the swimming style, and the swimmer is allowed to choose whatever style they are fastest in. However, I have ...
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How often do Olympic divers score a zero? [closed]

I've been amazed at the headlines about so many Olympic divers scoring zeros during competition. Is this common in Olympic diving? If so, is there an easy explanation? It just seems odd to me that ...
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Olympic Diving: how is the difficulty of a dive decided?

Shi Tingmao's fourth dive in the 2016 Rio Olympic 3m final was "Forward 3½ Somersaults" with a difficulty coefficient of 3.1. How are such values determined? In general, is the difficulty ...
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Rules and punishments for causing crashes in track cycling (omnium, points race)

After yesterday's (August 15th, 2016) omnium in the Olympics and the crash caused by Mark Cavendish in the points race, lots of people, ranging from cycling specific media to seemingly half of twitter,...