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Monday, August 8, 2016

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The 2016 Summer Olympics just kicked off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since the Modern Olympics began in 1896, there have been 26 Summer Olympic Games held in 22 different cities, but the traditions going all the way back to ancient Greece and the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia.

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "The Olympics is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I was lucky enough to go twice, but most people only get one chance. And in judo you can train your whole life and it'll come down to a split second: You can lose everything or win anything."

HINT: The first U.S. woman to earn an Olympic medal in judo (Bronze), which she won at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

The early Olympic Games were celebrated as a religious festival from 776 B.C. until 393 A.D., when the games were banned for being a pagan festival (the Olympics celebrated the Greek god Zeus). In 1894, a French educator Baron Pierre de Coubertin, proposed a revival of the ancient tradition, and thus the modern-day Olympic Summer Games were born.

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Host Greece won the most medals (47) at the first Olympic Summer Games in 1896.

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The United States has won more medals (2,189) at the Summer Games than any other country.

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The five Olympic rings represent the five major regions of the world – Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceana, and every national flag in the world includes one of the five colors, which are (from left to right) blue, yellow, black, green, and red.

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Only four athletes have ever won medals at both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games: Eddie Eagan (United States), Jacob Tullin Thams (Norway), Christa Luding-Rothenburger (East Germany), and Clara Hughes (Canada).

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The two new sports for 2016 Olympic Games are golf and rugby sevens. There were two open spots for sports and initially seven sports began the bidding for inclusion in the 2016 program. Baseball and softball, which were dropped from the program in 2005, karate, squash, golf, roller sports, and rugby union all applied to be included.




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Lion: Yesterday I was lying.

Unicorn: So was I.

Which day did they say that?

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "The Olympics is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I was lucky enough to go twice, but most people only get one chance. And in judo you can train your whole life and it'll come down to a split second: You can lose everything or win anything."

ANSWER: Ronda Rousey

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