On To The Olympics!

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On To The Olympics!

If there’s one thing that the United States is known for, it’s sports. Nowhere else are elite athletes accorded such fame and respect. In August 2008, almost 600 American athletes will bear the Stars and Stripes all the way to Beijing, China to prove that, even in sports, America is a true superpower.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Everyone knows that when the U.S. gets into something, it doesn’t just participate; it participates. In fact, the U.S. is known as one of the countries with the biggest delegations in any international event. How many competitors is the country sending to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing?
    • A. 

      102

    • B. 

      596

    • C. 

      93

    • D. 

      1018

  • 2. 
    That’s definitely a big number. It’s still as impressive when you split them all up into their respective sports. How many sports in the 2008 Summer Olympics will see American competitors?
    • A. 

      5

    • B. 

      12

    • C. 

      27

    • D. 

      15

  • 3. 
    One of the reasons why the U.S. sends so many athletes is that it competes in so many sports. For 2008, however, the American team qualified for just 27 sports out of a possible 28. Which sport was the elusive 28th?
    • A. 

      Handball

    • B. 

      Water Polo

    • C. 

      Equestrian

    • D. 

      Volleyball

  • 4. 
    This American swimmer won eight medals, six of which were gold, at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He hopes to repeat the feat for Beijing 2008. Who is he?
    • A. 

      Larsen Jensen

    • B. 

      Peter Vanderkaay

    • C. 

      Ryan Lochte

    • D. 

      Michael Phelps

  • 5. 
    Swimming is turning out to be a big thing for the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics. Besides Michael Phelps as a serious medal threat, the spotlight shines on yet another swimmer. At 41, she will be one of the oldest competitors in the American delegation. It will be her fifth Olympics – a first for American swimming.
    • A. 

      Katie Hoff

    • B. 

      Kate Ziegler

    • C. 

      Dara Torres

    • D. 

      Natalie Coughlin

  • 6. 
    Dara Torres is just one of an impressive array of American athletes proving that age is just a number when it comes to the Olympics. John Dane III will be the oldest American competitor at the Beijing Olympics at what age?
    • A. 

      40

    • B. 

      39

    • C. 

      58

    • D. 

      43

  • 7. 
    This NBA star was supposed to have surgery for a finger he injured in February 2008, but decided to postpone it so that he could help the American team get basketball gold. Talk about dedication to your sport!
    • A. 

      Kobe Bryant

    • B. 

      Jason Kidd

    • C. 

      Carmelo Anthony

    • D. 

      LeBron James

  • 8. 
    A number of amazing stories have been found in the American Olympic delegation, particularly about families and siblings getting into the act. The three Lopez siblings, all world titlists, will be participating in what sport?
    • A. 

      Archery

    • B. 

      Taekwondo

    • C. 

      Track and Field

    • D. 

      Swimming

  • 9. 
    With Chinese competition like Liu Xiang on the loose, the American track and field team has to perform at its very best. Which American runner, best known for his invalidated record-breaking 9.68-second 100-meter sprint, is poised to be a major medal threat?
    • A. 

      Tyson Gay

    • B. 

      Walter Dix

    • C. 

      Darvis Patton

    • D. 

      Shawn Crawford