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Elite athlete

In the early Olympic Games, only free, male Greek citizens could compete. After Rome conquered Greece, Romans participated as well. Which Roman emperor competed at Olympia in a ten-horse chariot race?


Keeping one’s distance

The earliest recorded Olympic footrace was one stade in length. Which modern race would be the nearest equivalent?

Stopping the rot

The principal founder of the modern Olympic Games, which began in Athens in 1896, was a French aristocrat, Baron Pierre de Coubertin. One reason for his interest in the Olympics was that he hoped to counter the tendency toward:

Gold medal dropout

Twenty-seven-year old James Connelly withdrew from Harvard University to compete in the Olympics in Athens in 1896, and went on to become the first victor in modern Olympic competition. What was his event?

Making do

The 1900 Games in Paris suffered from organizational confusion and facilities were makeshift. Proper hurdles were unavailable, for example, so competitors improvised hurdles from available materials. What did they use?


Paavo the Great

Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi, the “Flying Finn”, made his début at the 1920 Games in Antwerp. Nurmi developed his legendary stamina by:

Women on track

From 1900 on, women competed in some Olympic events, but track and field events were not included until the 1928 Games in Amsterdam. Several participants in the 800-metre event collapsed after the race. As a result:

What is it?

The first Olympic Games to be held in Asia took place in Tokyo in 1964. The “yamashita”, named for Japanese athlete Haruhiro Yamashita, was popularized at these Games. It is:


Night train

As part of their training regiment for the 1988 Olympics, South Korean judo team members regularly spent an hour of the night:

Double diminutive

In the 1970s, 17-year-old Olga Korbut of Belarus and 14-year-old Nadia Comaneci of Romania captivated audiences with gymnastic feats, launching the era of “pixie” gymnasts. In later years, both of these highly-accomplished gymnasts:

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