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How are the parallel tracks for cross-country skiing created?

How are the parallel tracks created for cross country skiing competitions? The tracks seem almost perfectly parallel and maintain a perfect shape even after the passage of many skiers - for example:
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Why is Matt Ryan nicknamed “Matty Ice”?

Where did Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan get his nickname?
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What happens to runs scored when an umpire's decision is overturned by DRS?

In many cricket matches, the decisions taken by the on field umpires get overturned especially in case of LBW dismissals, using the DRS system. What happens if the batsman scored a run off that ball ...
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NFL division with 3 teams in the playoffs

Under the current NFL playoffs format, each conference sends 6 teams to the postseason: the 4 division champions and 2 wild card teams. So the most teams a division can have in the playoffs is 3; the ...
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Where does the saying that a match ending in a draw is like “kissing your sister” come from?

My father told me that saying a number of times watching rugby over the years so I thought it was a South African saying but after watching this video I actually heard an NZ commentator mention it.
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Own Goal adds to Career Stats? [closed]

I love watching football. I have an interesting doubt. Did the Own Goal(OG) scored by the player(obviously by mistake) adds to his career stats? OR Its ignored?
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Number 5 seeds hosting NFL conference championship game

Under the current format that 6 teams from each conference make it to the playoffs, how many times has a #5 seed hosted the conference championship game? In order for the #5 seed to host the game, ...
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NFL teams beating the same team 3 times in a season

As of the end of week 15 of 2016 season, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants have a chance of facing off in the playoffs. The Giants have dealt the Cowboys their only 2 losses of the season so ...
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What were the determinant factors in choosing the weight and size of a cricket ball?

What were the determinant factors in restricting the size of a cricket ball to no less than 155.9g and no more than 163g and its circumference to no less than 22.4cm and no more than 22.9cm as ...
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When has the driver who won most races in a season not been champion?

This season could be interesting if Hamilton wins the final race of the season and Rosberg finishes 2nd or 3rd as you would have the unusual situation where the driver with most wins during the season ...
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The longest pause between two titles for main US sports?

Chicago victory after 108 years (1908 to 2016) is the longest pause between two titles considering the major American sportleagues (NBA-NFL-NHL-MLB)?
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How rare is it for a team to face the minimum number of batters without a perfect game?

In the Cubs' victory over the Dodgers in game 6 of the 2016 NLCS the Dodgers sent only 27 batters to the plate (the minimum possible) yet were not the victims of a perfect game. How often has this ...
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Who was the youngest winner of Gagarin Cup?

Gagarin Cup is the name for KHL playoffs. (KHL is widely considered the second best ice hockey league in the world, after NHL.) In the last season, 20-years old Ilya Sorokin and 19 years old Ilya ...
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What is the greatest number of reviews resulting in a “not out” decision for one player in a Test Match innings?

During the first test of England's 2016 tour of Bangladesh, Moeen Ali was given not out in five LBW reviews (3 successfully overturned, 2 incorrect reviews by Bangladesh) in the first innings of the ...
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Fastest opening goal of a FIFA World Cup

What was the fastest opening goal of a FIFA World Cup? This is not the fastest opening goal in a single match across tournaments, but fastest goal(the first goal of that particular World edition) of ...
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Origin of the 3rd Down “noise”

Whilst watching an NFL game last week*, I noticed that when the visiting team's offense is on 3rd or 4th down, the stadium's speakers play some sort of noise - I'm guessing as a way of distracting / "...
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Why does the Welsh men's football team take strange poses in prematch photos?

Why are the Welsh players placed in this asymmetric position, during the team photo before their matches? For example, against Georgia in 2016, where 3 players stand while 8 squat: and against ...
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At what level did Xabi Alonso play Gaelic football?

Xabi Alonso is the only person to have both a Champions League medal and an All-Ireland medal. I was told this wonderful bit of trivia, and would like to confirm it before using it in a quiz I’m ...
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Oldest footage of a complete football match

What is the earliest existing film footage of a football match, shot for the entire duration of the game, not just fragments and highlights ?
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Has there ever been a “strike-em-out-throw-2-out” triple play?

Has there ever been a "strike-em-out-throw-2-out" triple play? (I started wondering that after watching this YouTube video MLB | Strike 'em Out, Throw 'em Out.
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How do swimmers know how many laps they have left? [closed]

Just wondering how swimmers know how many laps they have left. Is it like in athletics where they have an electronic screen, except underwater? Are there any objective elements (inside or outside ...
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Zero-pitch save

It occasionally happens that a pitcher will earn a save by throwing one pitch. For example, he is brought in with two outs in the ninth and a two-run lead, and his first pitch is popped up. In ...
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Undefeated Champions League Eliminations

Are there any teams that have been eliminated in Champions League being undefeated? What's the latest round of the competition that such a team has ever reached?
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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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Unbalanced conferences in the NBA

In 2008, the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder, but because Oklahoma City was still in the Western Conference, the NBA still had a balance of 15 teams per conference. ...
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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 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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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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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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Formula 1: the lowest-ranked driver to win the Drivers' Championship in the final race?

At the start of the 2007 season final at Brazil, Kimi Raikkonen was third in the Drivers' Championship table behind Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. He went on to win the Championship by one point....
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What teams have won the Champions League the season after winning the Europa League?

Have any football teams won the UEFA Champions League the season directly following on from when they won the Europa League? If so, what teams were they, and in which seasons did they achieve their ...
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What teams have won the Europa League the season after winning the Champions League?

I am looking for a list of football clubs (if any) that have won the UEFA Europa League the season immediately following on from where they won the UEFA Champions League. I would also be interested ...
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How many olympic gold medal ties have there been?

Simone Manuel tied for the gold with Penny Oleksiak in the 100m freestyle during the 2016 Summer Olympics. I have never seen this before, and was curious how often it happens. I tried to find ...
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Why is the water in the pool at Rio 2016 green?

During the first few games of diving I had not noticed this color, but on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 the water of the Olympic diving pool in Rio 2016 was green. What would be the reason for this color? ...
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Why do professional boxers not compete in boxing in the Olympics?

Now that many professionals athletes are taking part in the Olympic Games, why do pro boxers not also compete in the boxing competition? Are there any other categories that do not take part in the ...
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Why are two bronze medals awarded in judo at the Olympics?

As you can see in the below for judo competitions, the losers of both semi-finals both receive the medal. This is notably unusual for an Olympic competition. Why do both contestants get the same ...
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History of Tennessee vs Alabama in American football series

Has the University of Tennessee and the University of Alabama ever played American football against each other while being ranked #1 and #2 in the nation?
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How are race stewards selected in F1?

Aside from Charlie Whiting, the FIA Race Director, the race stewards who look at and deliberate on on-track incidents are apparently not the same every weekend. There have been races where I hear the ...
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Baseball games won by balk

Earlier this month on July 16 2016, the San Diego Padres won a game against the San Francisco Giants in the 10th inning when the Giant's pitcher balked. I had never seen this before but doing a quick ...
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Athletes who have won Olympic medals under the olympic flag

With the Russian Track and Field team recently banned from the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics, I'm wondering if any athlete has ever won medals, gold on particular, under the Olympic flag in the Winter ...
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Teams in North American leagues that won their first game ever? [closed]

What teams, in the four major North American leagues (NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB), won their first ever game? This includes both expansion franchises (e.g., Minnesota Wild) and relocations (e.g., Atlanta ...
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Par 7 in golf hole?

I know that there are many par 6 holes in golf courses and is Par 6 the highest for a hole? Does any golf course have par 7 hole in the world?
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What is the record for greatest number of athletes with the same finish time in one event?

On Sunday 10 July 2016 at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam, three athletes in the men's 5000m final finished with exactly the same time of 13:40:85 (a fourth arrived only a hundredth ...
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Has any cyclist won all of the individual, points and climbing jerseys in the same Tour de France?

Has it ever happened that a cyclist has won all three of the main jerseys (yellow, green and polka dot) in the same Tour de France?
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Climber or Points rankings leader not finishing Tour de France

Has it ever happened that the cyclist who has collected the most points in one of these two rankings (climber or points) has not finished the Tour, leaving the victory of the "jersey" to another rider?...
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Who is the football player who won the most official international titles?

Who is the football player who won the most number of international titles? "International" means FIFA/UEFA/CONMEBOL etc. level major club tournaments, like: UEFA Champions league UEFA Europa League ...
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Furthest EURO/World Cup progression without regulation time win?

In 2016, Portugal tied every game in their groups to qualify for the elimination rounds. After that, they won against Croatia and Poland in PKs. Their streak stops there since they won against Wales ...
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Player's name on uniform: when and why did it start?

Which competition (or team, if relevant) was the first to print each player's name on the uniform? Was there a specific reason given to do so? Both questions are independent of specific sports. The ...
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F1 Penalty for “Causing a collision”

In the recent Austrian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg was adjudged to have caused a collision with Lewis Hamilton. He was penalised 10 seconds (added to his race time) which in effect meant he lost nothing,...