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OLYMPICS TRIVIA II

11) At the 1900 Paris Olympics...


If one had to nominate the "worst modern Olympics" ever, 1900 would likely lead the voting. There were no opening or closing ceremonies and more athletes than spectators. The croquet event was a particular "hit", with just a single paying spectator attending the tournament.

12) Why is the marathon 26 miles and 385 yards long?


According to legend, Pheidippides ran from the Greek City of Marathon all the way to Athens in order to deliver news of an Athenian victory in their battle against the Persians, thereby inspiring the long-distance race. However, the current distance wasn't standardized until the 1908 London Olympics. The course was laid out from Windsor Castle to White City stadium, about 26 miles. However, to locate the finish line in front of the royal family's viewing box, an extra 385 yards was added inside the stadium.

13) Which member of the British royal family won an Olympic medal?


In 2012, Zara Tindall carried an Olympic flame at Cheltenham Racecourse on her horse Toytown. As a member of the Great Britain Eventing Team, she won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, presented by her mother, Princess Anne.

14) What organization serves as the governing body of the Olympics?


The IOC (International Olympic Committee) is the governing body of the Olympic Movement, with the Olympic Charter defining its structure and authority.

15) Which of the following Olympic games were cancelled?


World wars led to the cancellation of the 1916, 1940, and 1944 Games.

16) Who founded the International Olympic Committee?


Baron Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, leading to the first modern Games in Athens in 1896.

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