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Has any high official (politician) won any medal in an important competition while holding office?

Various members of the British Royal Family have won high level showjumping medals: Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, won various titles including the 1971 European Eventing ...
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Has any high official (politician) won any medal in an important competition while holding office?

William Grenfell competed in the 1906 Intercalated Games in team épée. He was a UK MP until December 1905 until raised to the peerage and was - if I understand how the House of Lords worked in the ...
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Have two generations of one family ever won a medal at the same Olympics?

Yes, here's an example: Alfred and his father Oscar Swahn (Sweden) - 1912, shooting, team gold. Oscar is particularly interesting, "At 64 years of age, he became the oldest gold medalist ever, which ...
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Has any high official (politician) won any medal in an important competition while holding office?

Ukrainian Zhan Beleniuk has been a parliamentary deputy (equivalent to MP) since 2019, and has competed at the Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling, winning silver in 2016 and gold in 2020. (Borderline ...
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Has any high official (politician) won any medal in an important competition while holding office?

Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin won the World Wresting Championship in 1999 and a silver Olympic medal in 2000, while serving as a deputy to the State Duma (an MP).
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Is Franco Baresi a World Cup winner?

Of course he is an official World Cup winner as he was in the official 22-man call up of Italian national football team for 1982 World Cup. You can also see that he holds the World Cup award from his ...
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Why is a bronze medal not awarded when two silvers are awarded in the Olympic Games?

You can look at it this way: The Gold Medal is awarded to the athletes who have no other athlete before them, in this case Joseph Schooling. The Silver Medal is awarded to the athletes who have one ...
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After the revocation of an Olympic medal, do those who took lower places get upgraded?

Per this BBC article, the athletes will receive medals that were stripped from the banned competitors: Britain's 4x400m relay squad from the 2008 Beijing Games got their podium moment in front of ...
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Has any high official (politician) won any medal in an important competition while holding office?

I'm not sure about whether kings and royals count as politicians for the scope of the question, but several royals took part in the Olympics and some of them got a medal. The outstanding examples are: ...
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Has any high official (politician) won any medal in an important competition while holding office?

In sailing, John Gretton (later 1st Baron Gretton) won two gold medals at the 1900 Olympic Games. Gretton served as an MP for various constituencies in the UK from 1895 until 1943 - source
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Why do all "combat" sports always award championship belts (vs. other physical objects)?

After some research, I believe that Wrestling and MMA copied boxing's practice of a championship belt. Let's start with MMA. When UFC began it followed the accepted practice of awarding championship ...
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Why is a bronze medal not awarded when two silvers are awarded in the Olympic Games?

Each ex aequo "removes" one of places. So if A is first, B and C are ex aequo second and D is third, the final places will be First. A Second. B and C Fourth. D And no third place.
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Why are two bronze medals awarded in judo at the Olympics?

This is fairly common for sports with knockout rounds, as the required "3rd/4th place" playoff match always feel a bit pointless - see for example boxing or taekwondo (links to 2012 rather than 2016 ...
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What is written on the last ATP finals trophy?

This trophy made by silversmiths Thomas Lyte is made up of Silver. "Winners of major sports tournaments, such as tennis' ATP World Tour, are invariably rewarded with enormous silver trophies." ...
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If Liverpool FC win the Champions League does that mean Coutinho wins it as well or if FC Barcelona win Champions league will Coutinho win it as well?

UEFA Champions League regulations include a section on Trophy and medals, which has three subsections. The only part that directly speaks to medals is 11.03, saying that [t]he winning team is ...
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Has there been a NBA Most Improved Player or Sixth Man of the Year Award winner to have won MVP Honors?

The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award was first awarded for the 1982–83 NBA season, whereas the NBA Most Improved Player Award was first awarded following the 1985–86 season. Since the 1982-83 season, ...
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Does a football player receive gold medal for UEFA Super cup win, and is he considered to be a winner, if not part of the match squad?

According to official UEFA Super Cup regulations for the period 2015-18 (link here) article 9.04, 40 gold medals are awarded to the winning team. And it's not mentioned that only players who are in ...
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How are the Ballon d'Or scores determined?

First of all, let's look at the rules and regulation of Ballon d'Or published in 2016(Not able to find 2017 rules), Only respected football Journalists will take part in the voting process (most of ...
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Why do these highly ranked senior players never enter a national medal tally?

For a national ranking to be meaningful, it is desirable to include as many tournaments as possible, so that a form peak - or injury - at the yearly national championship tournament has only limited ...
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A country winning all 3 medals at a Summer Olympics event

There are some lists on Wikipedia that show so called Medal Sweeps in athletics, speed and figure skating, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. So from these lists alone you can see that this still ...
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Has any high official (politician) won any medal in an important competition while holding office?

I think the most famoust example is Governor Schwarzenegger winning multiple Mr. Olympia. Manny Pacquiao is a sitting senator of the Philippines and was a champion in multiple categories in boxing
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Athletes who have won Olympic medals under the olympic flag

[As of 2016]: 4 Independent Olympic athletes have won Olympic medals at the 1992 & 2016 Olympics. 3 of them were Yugoslavian (Barcelona 1992) and one from Kuwait (Rio 2016) and all the medals were ...
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Who is the football player who won the most official international titles?

Andrea Pirlo comes up with 18 titles if you count only club and international titles. He's won numerous individual awards as well. Also an olympic bronze :) My second guess would be Thierry Henry, ...
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Are there currently any clubs that have more European titles than domestic titles (excluding minor domestic titles)?

After doing a research which includes Champions league, UEFA cup & super cup winners I found that there are no teams that fits the criteria of more european titles than domestic titles. But I ...
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The difference between medals and trophies

This general trend holds across most sports, but does not generally rely on the nature of the sport itself. The reasoning behind any particular organisation's award of either a trophy or medal (or ...
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Has there been a NBA Most Improved Player or Sixth Man of the Year Award winner to have won MVP Honors?

James Harden Sixth Man: 2011-2012 MVP: 2017-2018
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Olympics medal table by country revoked for cheating

It's not been answered for some time but now there is a complete List of stripped Olympic medals in this Wikipedia link. Part of a table:
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Is there a "player of the year" award for international basketball?

Given the lack of anyone finding any evidence, I'm going to go out on a not very big limb and say "No, FIBA does not give a 'best player in the world' award". The closest that seems to exist is that ...
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