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The Olympics is known as the biggest meet of many sports. Athletes in this meet do not play for a team or club, but rather represent their country. Competing for your country in the Olympics is considered the highest honor by many.

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Which countries competed in the 2004 Olympics?

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There were 202 countries competing in Athens: Afghanistan (suspended in 2000) Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil British Virgin Islands Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d'Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Fiji Finland France Gabon Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Grenada Guam Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland India Indonesia International Olympic Athlete (East Timor in 2000) Iran Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati (NOC recognized in 2003) Korea, North (DPR of Korea) Korea, South Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Micronesia, Federated States of Moldova Monaco Mongolia Morocco Mozambique Myanmar (Burma) Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands Netherlands Antilles New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Northern Mariana Islands Norway Oman Pakistan Palau Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Puerto Rico Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia and Montenegro (Yugoslavia) Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syria Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand The Bahamas The Gambia Timor-Leste (participated under IOA in 2000) Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom (Great Britain) United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela Vietnam Virgin Islands Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe More input: * Puerto Rico and Guam are not countries. Both are territories of the United States of America. Puerto Rico and Guam are NOT COUNTRIES - they are part of the United States. Therefore, they should not be included in the list of participating countries * 202 Countries Participating. Puerto Rico and Guam are territories of the United States but are listed as countries participating in the Athens 2004 Olympics. When you are watching the Olympics you will see PUR and GUM with their flag next to it. They also have an Olympic Committee. * I notice that both Gambia and the Bahamas are not included in the list. They both have webpages talking about their respective olympic teams. * Here's a list, in the order they entered in the Parade of Nations: http://www.athens2004.com/Files/pdf/NOC_marching_order.pdf The Greek alphabet can be seen here: http://www.ancientscripts.com/greek.html So, for example, Saint Lucia becomes, roughly, Agia Loikia; San Marino becomes Agios Marinos; Cape Verde is Prasino Akrotirio; France is Gallia; and so on. * The UN has 191 full members. The US recognizes those 191 plus Vatican City as nations. Only the Vatican and two others, both in the Pacific, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands, did not send teams. (By population, Vatican is the world's smallest nation, Tuvalu second, and Marshall Is. ninth.) That makes 189 nations at Athens. You may be wondering about the difference between 189 and the "202 participating countries" at Athens. Athens also had Taiwan ("Chinese Taipei"), Palestine, and 11 dependencies/territories take part: Bermuda, Cayman Is., & British Virgin Is. (all British), Guam, Virgin Is., Puerto Rico, & American Samoa (all US), Aruba & Netherlands Antilles (Dutch), Cook Is. (NZ), and Hong Kong (Chinese) * What about the Northern Mariana Islands? Again they are not an independent country but like Guam and Puerto Rico they competed independently with their own flag Puerto Rico is an independent country (free associated state to the USA, but independent) Puerto Rico is not a "territory" of the USA (so far). American Samoa is an USA protectorate (The USA take care after it but it is not part of the USA. Therefore, it is somehow "independent" since it is not a "territory" of the USA.
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What were the events in the ancient Olympics?

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At the first Olympic Games (traditionally, 776 BC) the only event was the short foot race of one stadion (about 200 metres). Gradually, other events were added. At the end, the events were as follows: stadion, a foot-race of one lap of the stadium diaulos, a foot-race of two laps of the stadium dolichos, a steeplechase foot race of perhaps five kilometres hoplitodromos, a middle-distance foot-race for runners in full armour with helmet and greaves, carrying a shield pygmachia, boxing pale, wrestling pankration, all-in unarmed fighting chariot-racing the pentathlon, wrestling, long jump, javelin throw, discus throw, stadion = Ancient Olympic Games = The Ancient Olympic games originally contained one event: the stadion (or "stade") race, a short sprint measuring between 180 and 240 metres, or the length of the stadium. The actual length of the race is unknown, since tracks found at archeological sites, as well as literary evidence, provide conflicting friendus. Runners had to pass five stakes that divided the lanes: one stake at the start, another at the finish, and three stakes in-between. Since time was not pertinent to winning the stadion, merely passing the finish stake first was enough to earn the victory. The diaulos, or 2-stade race, was introduced in 724 BC, during the 14th Olympic games. The race was a single lap of the stadium, approximately 400 metres, and scholars debate whether or not the runners had individual "turning" posts for the return leg of the race, or whether all the runners approached a common post, turned, and then raced back to the starting line. A third foot race, the dolichos, was introduced in 720 BC. Separate accounts of the race present conflicting evidence as to the actual length of the dolichos. However, the average stated length of the race was approximately 18-24 laps, or about three miles. The event was run similarly to modern marathons- the runners would begin and end their event in the stadium proper, but the race course would wind its way through the Olympic grounds. The course would often flank important shrines and statues in the sanctuary, passing by the Nike statue by the temple of Zeus before returning to the stadium. The last running event added to the Olympic program was the hoplitodromos, or "Hoplite race," introduced in 520 BC and traditionally run as the last race of the day. The runners would run either a single or double diaulos (approximately 400 or 800 yards) in full or partial armour, carrying a shield and additionally equipped either with greaves or a helmet. As the armour weighed between 50 and 60 lbs, the hoplitodromos emulated the speed and stamina needed for warfare. Due to the weight of the armour, it was easy for runners to drop their shields or trip over fallen competitors. In a vase painting depicting the event, some runners are shown leaping over fallen shields. The course they used for these runs were made out of clay with sand over the clay. Over the years, more events were added: boxing (pygme/pygmachia), wrestling (pale), pankration (regulated full-contact fighting, similar to today's mixed martial arts), chariot racing, several other running events (the diaulos, hippios, dolichos, and hoplitodromos), as well as a pentathlon, consisting of wrestling, stadion, long jump, javelin throw and discus throw (the latter three were not separate events). Boxing became increasingly brutal over the centuries. Initially soft leather covered their fingers but eventually hard leather weighted with metal was sometimes used. In the chariot racing event, it was not the rider but the owner of the chariot and team who was considered to be the competitor, so one man could win more than one of the top spots. The addition of events meant the festival grew from 1 day to 5 days, 3 of which were used for competition. The other two days were dedicated to religious rituals. On the final day, there was a banquet for all of the participants, consisting of 100 oxen that had been sacrificed to Zeus on the first day. The winner of an Olympic event was awarded an olive branch, and was often received with much honour throughout Greece and especially in his home town, where he was often granted large sums of money (in Athens, 500 drachma, a small fortune). (See Milo of Croton.) Sculptors would create statues of Olympic victors and poets would sing odes in their praise for money. Archaeologists believe that wars were halted between the city-states of Greece so that the athletes as well as the spectators of the Olympics could get there safely. However, some archaeologists argue that the wars were not halted, but that the athletes who were in the army were allowed to leave and participate in the Olympics. Participation in the games was limited to male athletes; the only way women were allowed to take part was to enter horses in the equestrian events. In 396 BC and again in 392 BC, the horses of a Spartan princess named Cynisca won her the four-horse race. It is thought that single women (not betrothed or married)were allowed to watch the races. Also priestesses in the temple of Zeus who lit the candles were permitted as this was seen by the men the only thing women were good at. The athletes usually competed naked, not only as the weather was appropriate but also as the festival was meant to celebrate, in part, the achievements of the human body. Olive oil was occasionally used by the competitors, not only to keep skin smooth but also to provide an appealing look for the participants. Competitors may have worn a kynodesme to restrain the penis. ALSO: The Ancient Greek Olympics were held every four years at Olympia, a district of Elis, where all free Greek men were entitled to compete. During the Imperial period of Rome, the Olympic Games were more ecumenical. (Kyle, p. 333.) The first Olympic Games were held in 776 B.C. (traditional date) and the last in A.D. 393, when they were abolished by the Christian Byzantine Emperor Theodosius I. * Boxing * Discus (part of Pentathlon) * Equestrian Events * Javelin (part of Pentathlon) * Jumping * Pankration * Pentathlon * Running * Wrestling According to "The Athletic Events of the Ancient Olympic Games," [URL = ] the stade (a 200 yard foot race) was the first and only Olympic event for 13 Games. The diaulos (400 yard foot race) was instituted for the next Olympic Games and the dolichos (variable length foot race, averaging 20 stades) for the fifteenth Olympiad. Homer describes boxing (added to the Olympics in 688 B.C.) as held to honor Patroklos, the slain companion of Achilles. Originally the boxing gloves were thongs wrapped around the hands and arms, but evolved into less time consuming oxen prewrapped thongs known as himantes, held in place by leather straps wrapped around the forearm. The pentathlon began with the 18th Olympiad and consisted of discus, javelin, long jump, running, and wrestling. Jason is attributed with inventing the contest. One Olympic origins story, mentioned in Greek Tragedy and the House of Atreus, tells of how Pelops won the hand of his bride, Hippodamia, by competing in a chariot race against her father, King Oinomaos of Pisa. Pelops conspired to win the race by replacing the king's chariot's lynchpins with ones made of wax which melted on the course, throwing the king from his chariot and killing him. After Pelops married Hippodamia, he commemorated his victory with the Olympic Games. Another version of the origin of the Olympic games, from Pindar, explained in "Commentary on Olympian 10" [URL = ], attributes the games to Heracles who held the games to honor his father, Zeus, after he exacted revenge on Augeus for defaulting on his promised reward for cleansing the stables. (See Labors of Hercules) Pindar's admiration for Heracles is examined in Constantinos Chamis's "Heracles Influence at Delphi and Olympia"[URL = ]. In "Heracles' Olympic Influence" [URL = ], Chamis discusses Heracles' contributions, including the (inclusive counting) 5 years between games, and the laurel crown. Unlike the modern Olympics, there was an important religious component to the ancient games. A gold and ivory statue of Zeus by Pheidias was placed inside Zeus' temple at Olympia. 42 feet high, it was one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. While in "Women and the Olympic Games" [URL = ], Leslie Des Marteau says matrons were forbidden to attend the Games, the priestess of Demeter was required. Maidens were also permitted. In "Crime and Punishment at Olympia and Delphi" [URL = ], Rachel Sandberg explains that crimes committed at the Games were considered sacrilege. Such crimes included the acceptance of payment, corruption, and invasion. Dartmouth's Olympics site, "Olympic Anecdotes" says "the truce [ekcheiria] was, in effect, an interim of civic and military neutrality in honor of Zeus, the supreme judge and arbiter and source of wisdom...." Only free men who spoke Greek could compete, the location didn't move around, women athletes were forbidden, there was no torch, the games, equipment, and clothing were different, Zeus was honored, but, as Perseus' Ancient Sports page says, both today and yesterday, winning athletes "put their home towns on the map." Events: Pentathlon Discus, Javelin, Long Jump or Triple Jump, Stadion, Wrestling. Equestrian Events Chariot racing, Riding. Combat Wrestling Boxing Pankration Running Stade, Hoplitodromos, Diaulos.
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What are the colors of the rings on the Olympic flag?

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The Olympic Flag has rings of Blue, Yellow, Black, Green, Red in order from left to right, on a white background. The Olympic flag has a white background, with five interlaced rings in the center: blue, yellow, black, green and red. It represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time. Depends on what ring.
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What are the names of the new participating countries for the Athens 2004 Olympics?

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The games in Athens will have three more NOC's competing than Sydney: Afghanistan, Kiribati, and Timor-Leste
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How often are the Olympic Games held?

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The Olympics Summer Games and the Olympics Winter Games are held two years apart, so there are Olympic contests held every other year. Another way of looking at it is this: The Olympics Summer Games are held every four years; likewise, the Winter Olympics Games are held every four years. Upcoming Games and venues include: 2012, Summer Games: London, England 2014, Winter Games: Sochi, Russia 2016, Summer Games: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 2018, Winter Games: Pyeongchang, South Korea 2020, Summer Games: Tokyo, Japan Every 4 years.
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How many gold medals did the United States women win at the winter Olympics in Japan?

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There have been two winter Olympic games held in Japan. In the winter Olympics in Nagano in 1998, US women won four (4) gold medals. Three (3) individual gold medals and a team gold for the ice hockey. The total of gold medals won by Americans was six. US men won two (2). See the Related Link for "US medals at Nagano 1998" more more on the answer.
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What are the costs and benefits of hosting the Olympics?

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The benefits of hosting the Olympic Games are: - increased employment - lots of workers needed for construction of facilities etc. - increased tourism - the host nation is put on show to all the world - better infrastructure - transport, security etc. are all improved - feel-good factor across the host nation The Olympics usually are very expensive (London 2012 budget is somewhere around £9 billion) and so host nations have to weigh up the pros and cons.
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St Moritz to Paris by train?

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Take a train from St Moritz to Chur. At Chur change for a train to Zurich. At Zurich Hauptbahnhof take a train to the Paris Gare de l'Est.
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What are names of all the sports?

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here are some i thought of... Football Billiards Cricket Water Polo Basketball Baseball Hockey Lacrosse Volleyball Track Soccer (Football) Rugby Swimming Wrestling Boxing UFC (Or whatever its called...ultimate fighter?) Kickball Ultimate Frisby Arena Football Lots of stuff in Olympics Bobsledding Tennis Racquet Ball Golf Birdey (Or whatever its called where you hit that thing called a birdey?) Skating Surfing Snowboarding Racing (Racecars) Cards? Biking Gymnastics Dog Fighting (Micheal Vick?) Skiing tetherball Ice Skating Skibob Tug of war Chess Dodgeball Tennis Polo Softball Wheelchair sports? Horseshoe Scubadiving? Paragliding? Dancing? Sailing Flying (Red Bull, you know) Fishing Bowling Marbles Checkers Connect Four Badminton Rock Climbing
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To what extent are the winter and summer Olympic games truly global events?

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According to the CIA Worldbook there are 192 independent states and 70 dependencies, areas of special sovereignty, and other miscellaneous entities. The IOC recognizes 201 national Olympic committees (NOC) so there is a difference of 61 between the two figures. However the 201 NOC's are spread onto all five continents and in that sense the Summer Olympics are truly global. However the Winter Olympics are marginally less global due to the sports that are included are somewhat more localized to colder areas of the World. However efforts are being made to bring the Winter Olympics to a wider audience (it was at one stage part of the Summer Olympics) - the most notable being Jamaica, a country in the Caribbean, who has a bobsleigh team that regularly competes (a film was made about their first Olympics - Cool Running) - Jamaica has no or very very little snow and no bobsleigh track. To answer the question in a slightly different way - the global TV audience is in excess of one billion (and this doesn't include the Internet viewers or other forms of media). To what extent are the winter and summer Olympic Games truly global events? Introduction The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. The Olympic Movement is based around the sporting events held every 4 years in differing locations throughout the world and aims to be the pinnacle of competition for athletes from every corner of the globe. The Olympic Games aims to be global event in helping build a better world through participation, allowing anyone in the world with enough talent to have an equal chance of success. The Olympic Games can also be seen by a range of spectators throughout the world, both in stadia and through extensive media coverage. The Olympic Movement therefore encourages sport to bridge gaps and heal rifts within communities, this is recognized as the �Olympic spirit. An investigation to whether this is valid will take into account: Locations Participation Success of various participants. The involvement of media Business Politics. The extent to which the Olympic Games can be considered global can only be determined every 2 years when they occur, and the evidence we use can only come from past events or the planning of future events. The Olympic Games has historically been held in the worlds most developed countries, the Winter Games in particular has been restricted to the countries with enough snow and alpine territory to host the sports of the Winter Games. Ten out of the eighteen Winter Olympics have taken place in the European Alps, with just Sarajevo the surprise hosts of 1984, an obvious anomaly. The Summer Games has very few limiting factors on where they can take place, but still more economically developed countries (MEDCs) have had the lion's share of hosting (Figure 1). No less economically developed country (LEDC) has ever hosted the Games, however a few recently industrialized countries have been able to finance the hosting post war such as South Korea and Mexico. Seoul 1988 was not just important economically for South Korea, it also highlighted the success of the democrat South Korea compared to the Communist regime of North Korea. By the 2000 Sydney Olympics the two nations of Korea entered under one flag. Figure 1 The next Winter Olympic Games, 2006, are also to be held in the European Alps in Turin and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be hosted by Canada for the second time. The 2008 Summer Olympics will be in China for the first time in Beijing. For China the 2008 Olympics will be a showcase to demonstrate their emergence as an economically prosperous country and �about 745,000 job opportunities will be created. Between 2004 and 2013, the most popular specialties in Beijing will be Urban Construction and Administration, Information Technology and Management, etc. Information specialized talents and journalism talents possessing comprehensive qualities on flat media, TV media and network media will be urgently needed by Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Even after the 2008 Olympic Games, those Olympic-related specialties such as Public Service Administration, Hotel Management, and Environmental Science will still have very wide development space in China.� However this hosting of Summer Games by the most prosperous nations looks set to continue with Paris, London and Madrid the frontrunners in the race for the 2012 Olympics. The IOC tries to promote a better world and influence politics. The IOC have encouraged China to attain a minimum standard of human rights for China by 2006, although if they do not the IOC has little political power to apply sanctions. The IOC wish to celebrate the fact that the 2008 Olympic Games are taking place in a reforming China. For this to be true, the following minimum standards need to be achieved by August 2006 and, where applicable, continue to be maintained until the time of the 2008 Olympic Games. These minimum standards includes guaranteed democracy in Hong Kong moratorium on the death penalty, open talks with the Tibetan government-in-exile, and abolition of the Laogai / Laojiao torture camps. The nature of sport should allow an equal chance of success. However, the medals tables of Olympics rarely reflect the size of country. Obviously a country with a tropical climate that never sees snow is very unlikely to gain medals at the Winter Olympics but most countries should be able to compete equally in Summer Olympic events, most notably athletics. In Athens 2004, India, with 19% of the worlds population only managed one medal, while Cuba, with a population of 11 million managed 27 medals (Figure 2). This is because India has a quarter of its population living below the poverty line and the Indian government not focusing investment on sporting endeavor. On the other hand in Cuba, Fidel Castro wants to win medals to enhance Cuba's worldwide reputation, Winning boosts a nations image and unifies internal enemies with Cuban boxers in particular not being allowed to turn professional so they can compete in the Olympic Games. Figure 2 Select Countries from final medal Table, Athens 2004Rankby Gold NOC NOC Name Tot. Rank by Total1 USA United States 35 39 29 103 111 CUB Cuba 9 7 11 27 1166 IND India 0 1 0 1 =64 The IOC state that sport is human rights, however, the concept of sport would be out of reach for many people across the globe, with 20% of the globe living on less than a dollar a day, leisure pursuits are socially unavailable with living the major concern. The Olympic Games have been used by others to highlight political controversies across the globe. The Moscow Olympics of 1980 were boycotted by over 50 nations in protest against the Soviet Union communist government, including the USA, who had finished third in the medals table 4 years earlier. The 1972 Munich Games were overshadowed by the murder of 11 Israeli members of their Olympic team by the Palestinian Liberation Organization. This was still an issue in 2000 when the Palestinian Olympic team threatened to boycott the Games in protest against a minute silence in memory of the 1972 murders. More recently, the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 were marred by a bomb explosion on the Olympic site by an anti-abortion fanatic. The current president of the IOC states the importance of sponsorship and businesses,"Without the support of the business community, without its technology, expertise, people, services, products, telecommunications, it�s financing � the Olympic Games could not and cannot happen. Without this support, the athletes cannot compete and achieve their very best in the worlds best sporting event." 52% of IOC revenue is from broadcasting rights, this would suggest that the Olympic Games could be seen by a large range of spectators as an increasing amount of rights are being bought (Figure 3), but we cannot tell whether the fees are increasing as well. The Olympic Games broadcast rights make up 52% of the IOC revenue . US broadcasters have contributed over $1 900 million dollars for rights to the last three Summer Olympics, this is approximately $150 million more than broadcasters from the rest of the world. This has lead to fears of an American bias in coverage and scheduling of the Olympic Games, with American orientated sports such as baseball, softball and basketball being allowed to be scheduled alone. Top 14 Official Sponsors of the 2004 Olympic Games (in order of amount given to IOC) Company Country of Origin: Alpha Bank Greece, Coca-Cola, USA Hellenic, Telecommunications Greece, Heineken Netherlands, Hyundai South Korea, Delta Airlines USA, Kodak USA, McDonald's USA, Samsung Korea, Visa USA, Swatch Switzerland, Panasonic Japan, Xerox USA Sponsorship, list broadcasting falls mainly in the hands of the US. Despite regularly hosting the Games, Europe has very few major sponsors of the Olympics. "In a world like ours today, which watches with horror the armed conflicts, ethnic cleansing, terrorism and drug trafficking closely linked with hard-to-solve problems like hunger, unemployment and repeated violations of human rights, sport must transform itself into a tool to help resolve these problems." This view by a UN member, which as an organization has partnered the IOC in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), is shared by the IOC itself. The IOC states as the fifth Fundamental Principle of Olympics that any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement. However this principle has been debated in recent years, with Afghanistan not being allowed entry to the Sydney Games of 2000 whilst under the Taliban regime, but Mugabe's Zimbabwe being allowed to compete at the 2004 Athens Olympics despite the view of the government of Zimbabwe as corrupt and racist. Conclusion The Olympic Games strives to be a truly global event through giving equal opportunities to everyone in hosting, participating, viewing and sponsoring the event.The host cities for both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games have invariably been in MEDCs, however, the IOC has to award the hosting of the Games to more prosperous countries as LEDCs would very rarely meet a high standard of government support, public opinion, general infrastructure, security, venues, accommodation and transportation needed from a prospective host city. This is an indication that the event is related very much to business. It is not just a privilege to host the Olympic Games. In terms of participants and chance of winning it is really an event dominated by MEDCs. This is also the case in terms of the viewers with the ideas of sport and competition beyond many of the worlds poorest people, the Olympic Games a only viewed by 1in 6 people worldwide . The potential political use of the Games is often exercised by MEDC nations attempting to highlight an issue that is important. In all, the Olympic Games could be described as a truly global event for MEDC nations. The Winter Olympics in particular is even more MEDC orientated with snow sports being the pastime of the economically developed nations with a climate with snow and terrain with slopes. However the Summer Olympics... The Olympic Games is the most widely participated sporting event in the world. At the Sydney games, 10,651 athletes from 199 nations participated. In Salt Lake City, 2,399 athletes represented 77 nations for the Winter Games. While the FIFA World Cup Finals is the largest, most publicized sporting event in the world, the Olympic Games is the foremost respected venue for the global sporting community. Although I agree that the Olympic games are a global event, there are some aspects of it which mean not everyone gets to participate. For example, apart from Mexico there have been no other LEDCs which could afford to host the games. This is understandable as money is needed to host such an event. Also, some countries do not allow women to participate in the games for religious reasons. So although it involves a lot of the world, it does exclude some. It is up to the governments whether there country should compete in the Olympics. Although this is not particularly fair if the government is unstable or the country is suffering from conflict.
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How much money can you make running marathons?

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Anywhere from a few thousand, to nothing. Some are for fun, other are for cash prizes.
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How much do Olympic gold medal winners get paid US?

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The US Olympic committee pays $25,000.00 to gold medal winners.
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friendus with Kayla Harrison?

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What advice would you give to kids struggling with abuse? I often think what I would say to myself at 10, 12, or 16, and the answer doesn't differ much. I would say that I know what you are going through is hell, and I know it is confusing and hard and makes your life feel like it can never get better- but it can. And it will, but only if you choose to talk, to say something, to trust someone. The moment that you do, you will be taking that step towards a very bright future, maybe even a golden one. Trust me. I promise.
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How many Olympic medals has Australia won in Tae Kwon Do?

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Through the 2008 Games in Beijing, 2. Lauren Burns won gold in women's flyweight class at the 2000 Games in Sydney and Daniel Trenton won silver in men's heavyweight class also at the 2000 Games.
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What are the most popular Olympic sports?

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Track & Field events have the most participants. Track and field has the largest venue and the most viewers. The 100 meter sprint is the most prestigious event in the sport. Football (aka soccer) is the worlds most popular sport but Olympic football is limited to players under age 25 in effort to make it different from the World Cup. Gymnastics Figure skating Swimming
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Where were the last four summer olympic games held?

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1996 - Atlanta, United States 2000 - Sydney, Australia 2004 - Athens, Greece 2008 - Beijing, China
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What kinds of medals did Carl Lewis win?

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Carl Lewis won 10 Olympic medals ... 9 gold and 1 silver. The gold medals were in long jump (4 - 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996), 100 meter dash (2 - 1984, 1988), 4x100 meter relay (2 - 1984, 1992), and 200 meter dash (1 - 1984). He won a silver in 200 meter dash in 1988.
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What is the average number of athletes per country competing in the Olympics?

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Athletes per Country Competing in the Olympics 11,028 athletes participated in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. 2,629 athletes participated in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Just a handful of countries send more than 100 athletes to the game. The United States sent 596 athletes to Beijing and 215 to Vancouver. When you consider all countries participating in the games (204 countries in Beijing and 82 in Vancouver), the large majority of them are small countries that only send 5 athletes or less. So calculating the average number of athletes sent by each country, you would get a small number.
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Amy Van Dyken when did she retire?

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In the fall of 2000 after the Summer Olympics in Sydney.
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What does WADA stands for?

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In relation to sport, WADA stands for the World Anti-Doping Agency.