OLYMPICS QUIZ

V.V. RAMANAN

A final round of quizzing on the Summer Olympics to coincide with the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad at Athens.

Questions:

1. A simple one to begin with. Name the five Olympics, which have been held outside either North America or Europe.

2. Apart from being Olympic gold medallists, what specifically connects swimmer Buster Crabbe and athletes Herman Brix and Don Bragg?

3. Elena Votsi has changed for this years Games a style that has been in vogue since the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. What is that?

4. In 1912, the Olympic prize for literature was given to the Ode to Sport written under the pen-names Eschbach and Hohrod. What was the real name of the author?

5. The 1908 Games, originally scheduled at Rome, was moved to London for a non-sporting reason. What is that?

6. What first will both the boxing and tennis events see at this year's Olympics?

7. Totally trivial. How many sports and venues would one witness at this year's Games?

8. To which multiple-champions are these quotes attributed? (i): I guess I'll start shaving now; (ii): The marathon is a boring race.

9. Name the hockey great who slotted in half of India's 24 goals against the host in the 1932 Olympics at Los Angeles.

10. In which specific weight category did weightlifter Karnam Malleswari and freestyle wrestler Kha Shaba Jadhav win Olympic bronze for India?

11. One of the darkest chapters in Olympic athletics history has been the Ben Johnson doping scandal. Name the drug that landed the Canadian into trouble.

12. Leni Riefenstahl's cinematic work on which Games is regarded by experts to be the best documentary on a sporting event?

13. In what way was Lt. W. Halswell's 400m gold medal winning effort, at the 1908 Games, bizarre?

14. Why was Yoshinori Sakai chosen to light the Olympic Flame at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics?

15. What is common to Carl Schumann, Morris Kirsey and Daniel Norling?

Answers:

1. 1956 (Melbourne), 1964 (Tokyo), 1968 (Mexico City), 1988 (Seoul) and 2000 (Sydney).

2. They all have played Edgar Rice Burroughs' immortal creation Tarzan.

3. All the medals will reflect the Greek character of the Games with images of a flying Nike rather than a sitting one and the Panathenic stadium, where the Games were revived in 1896.

4. Baron Pierre de Coubertin. 5. Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

6. For the first time in the history of boxing, camera equipment will be used for the verification of results, while points accumulated during Olympic matches will contribute to the tennis player's world ranking positions.

7. 28 sports at 38 venues with 301 medal ceremonies in 16 days.

8. (i): Robert Mathias, after his decathlon triumph, in 1948, at the age of 17; (ii): Emil Zatopek.

9. Roop Singh, the brother of Dhyan Chand. 10. 69-kg and bantamweight respectively. 11. Stanazalol.

12. The 1936 Berlin Olympics held under the shadow of Adolf Hitler. It was called Olympische Spiele.

13. He was the only participant in a re-run final after the Americans refused to run because one of them was disqualified for obstruction.

14. He was born near Hiroshima on that fateful day, August 6 in 1945.

15. They have won gold in two different sports at the Summer Games. Schumann in gymnastics and wrestling, Kirsey in 4x100m relay and American rugby and Norling in gymnastics and show jumping.