Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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.

56
votes
2answers
35k views

Why are professional athletes allowed to compete in the Olympic games?

When the International Olympic Committee was formed in 1894 by Pierre de Coubertin, he intended the athletes competing in the Olympics to only be amateur athletes. The definition of an amateur ...
40
votes
5answers
30k views

Why do Michael Phelps and some other swimmers wear two caps?

Just now I saw Michael Phelps competing in the 400m Medley heats (London Olympics 2012). After he finished the race, I saw him take off two caps. I can imagine that a swimmer uses one, but what is the ...
25
votes
3answers
9k views

Why is drafting allowed on the bike in an Olympic triathlon and not otherwise?

The Olympic (or International) distance triathlon is 1500m swim, 40K bike, 10K run. Yet when run as the qualifier or at the Olympics, this is draft legal. Where as all tris of that distance I have ...
25
votes
1answer
13k views

How does a sport become an Olympic Sport?

How does a sport transition into the Olympics? What are the qualifications? Is there a process?
19
votes
2answers
86k views

Why do Olympic soccer teams need to be U-23?

Why do Olympic soccer teams need to be under the age of 23? Are there any exceptions about age restriction? Are there any differences between men and women?
16
votes
1answer
2k views

Has the Olympic host nation ever been changed after it was announced

The stability of Brazil makes me wonder what will happen in 2016 if Brazil is not in a position to play host to the games. Has this ever happened before? Are there contingency plans for such an ...
16
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
16
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
15
votes
2answers
4k views

Did Adolf Hitler really snub Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin?

Did Jesse Owens want to shake Hitler's hand and get their photo together and, if so, did Hitler really snub him? I'm asking this based on a movie I'm watching.
14
votes
4answers
2k views

What is the record for the most family members competing in the same Olympic Games?

Lily, Liina and Leila Luik are sisters from Estonia who could be the first set of identical triplets to compete in the Olympics Has it ever happened in the Olympic history that 3 members of the same ...
14
votes
1answer
701 views

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 ...
13
votes
1answer
2k views

How can a journalist know so much information on athletes?

How can a journalist find so much information and statistics about athletes during the competition, in sports like tennis/athletics/swimming in World Champions or the Olympic Games or other events? ...
13
votes
1answer
4k views

Are the gender differences in Olympic uniforms simply a style choice? Whose choice?

There are a number of sports in the Olympics where men and women do similar things in very different outfits: from http://olympic.ca/sports/artistic/ from http://olympic.ca/sports/beach-volleyball/ ...
12
votes
1answer
2k views

Olympic medalist in both the Summer and Winter Olympics

Has anyone ever won Olympic medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics?
12
votes
1answer
6k views

What happens if there is a tie during an olympic race?

Recently during the USA Track and Field Olympic trials, there was a tie for third place between Allyson Felix and Jenebah Tarmoh. It appears that there was previously no tiebreaker rule in place for ...
11
votes
6answers
3k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
11
votes
3answers
41k views

Differences between NBA and European/FIBA/Olympic basketball rules

I recall about zone defense and travelling being major differences but I'm sure there are more small differences.
10
votes
3answers
896 views

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?
10
votes
1answer
12k views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
9
votes
5answers
3k views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
3k views

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.
9
votes
1answer
328 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
447 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
231 views

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,...
8
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

Have two generations of one family ever won a medal at the same Olympics?

Nino Salukvadze and her son Tsotne Machavariani have both qualified for Rio 2016 Olympic games. Has it ever happened in the past that two generations of the same family have won a medal in the same ...
8
votes
1answer
456 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

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?
8
votes
4answers
1k views

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
8
votes
1answer
117 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
230 views

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. ...
8
votes
2answers
17k views

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? I ...
8
votes
1answer
250 views

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 ...
7
votes
3answers
828 views

Timekeeping before modern technology

During the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Michael Phelps won his 7th gold medal of that Olympics by defeating Milorad Čavić by 0.01 seconds. However, there was controversy that Čavić finished ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

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 definitely ...
7
votes
2answers
4k views

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?
7
votes
2answers
625 views

What is the significance of the Olympic Village?

During the Olympics, I know that athletes stay in the Olympic Village At the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing built an Olympic Village. What is the significance of Olympic Village? Couldn't athletes stay ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
139 views

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, ...
7
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
5k views

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. ...
6
votes
2answers
773 views

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 (...
6
votes
1answer
13k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
133 views

What are the red circles on the body of Michael Phelps at Rio 2016?

Whatching the US swimmer Michael Pheps in Rio 2016 pools is it possible to see some dark red circle on his body. What is the cause of these signs? In the picture belowe you can see those signs on ...
6
votes
1answer
126 views

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 / ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

How are Olympic boxing match scores determined?

Boxing matches that do not finish by knockout are decided by points. There are three judges that give points (10 or 9 usually, but other values are possible) to decide the winner of each round. How ...
6
votes
0answers
1k views

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?
5
votes
3answers
119 views

Why no uniform testing for doping at major sporting events?

It seems that doping scandals are still very much a part of big sporting events. There are the recent news about the Russian team at the Olympics, the Tour de France scandals, and I'm sure there are ...