2018 Olympics primer by Egantx7

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GrahamJ
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Quiz Description

Here is a little primer to get you ready for the Winter Games coming to you live on NBC or whatever network carries them in other countries. In 2018, there will be 15 sports in competition,

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Questions:

There are six jumps that are officially recognized by the International Skating Union for international competition. Two of them are the loop and the flip. Name any three of the other four jumps.

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Axel, Lutz, Salchow, Toe Loop

Nodar Kumaritashvili,from the nation of Georgia, died during a training run at the 2010 Vancouver Games when he struck an unpadded steel support beam at a speed in excess of 140 km/hr. In what sport did Nodar Kumaritashvili compete?

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Luge

The sites of Ailsa Craig, an island off the Ayrshire coast of Scotland, and the Trefor Quarry in Wales are important to which sport?

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Curling (the source of the granite for the rocks)

The Kongsberger technique and Daescher technique are outdated techniques in which sport that today predominantly uses the "V-style" technique

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Ski Jumping

Name any one of the five disciplines in freestyle skiing that will be held at the 2018 Winter Games.

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Aerials, Halfpipe, Moguls, Slopestyle, Ski Cross

Prior to 2018, 63 of the 69 Olympic medals given in ice hockey have been won by just six nations. The United States, Canada, and the several iterations of Russia/USSR/whatever are three of those six nations. Name any two of the three other nations that have dominated Olympic ice hockey.

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Czech Republic (Czechia), Finland, Sweden (edited at 11:08 am, January 22, 2018 (PST))

In 2018, curling will debut a mixed doubles competition and alpine skiing will add a mixed gender event. In addition to pairs figure skating, what is the only other discipline (not actually a separate sport) which has mixed gender competitors competing at the same time?

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Ice Dancing

The Olympics have gotten better at not excluding women from events, but there are still some events women do not compete in. One is the 10,000 meters in speed skating. What is the other sport at the 2018 Winter Games still don't allow women to fully participate, having two competitions for men, but only one for women.

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Bobsleigh (Bobsled to us 'Mericuns)

Which sport is the only current sport on the Winter Olympic program that excludes women, though the 2018 Winter Games are purportedly going to be the last to do so? This sport has been on every Winter Olympic program, and historically was dominated by Norwegians and Finns (with the Norwegians sweeping the medal stands at the first four Winter Games).

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Nordic Combined

Which sport will likely be followed very closely by the hometown fans in 2018, as South Korea's 42 medals in this sport are the most won by any nation while this sport has been in the Olympics (it was a demonstration sport at Calgary in 1988, and joined the Olympic program in 1992 at Albertville).

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Short Track Speed Skating

"Big Air" is a discipline making its Olympic debut in 2018 ... a discipline in which sport?

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Snowboarding

By tradition, there is one medal ceremony at the Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Games. This ceremony awards medals for a discipline in which sport?

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Cross Country (Skiing or Nordic Skiing -- the men's 50 km) (edited at 11:10 am, January 22, 2018 (PST))

Ice hockey only awards two gold medals in the Olympics (men and women). What other sport awards only two gold medals (one for men, one for women) ... a sport that was on the program of the 1928 and 1948 Winter Games before rejoining the program in 2002, and remaining a part of the Olympic program ever since. (edited at 11:11 am, January 22, 2018 (PST))

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Skeleton

To the disgust of many, this general sport is going to be supported by the IOC as a demonstration sport in 2018. This is definitively not a winter sport, but is generally played indoors. Identify this broad "sport" which will see two disciplines competed in before the Opening Ceremonies, one of which will be Steep.

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eSports (StarCraft II will be the other discipline)

Of the 15 sports that will be featured at the 2018 Winter Olympics, what is the only sport that the United States has never medaled in? This sport, which evolved from an earlier sport that had been in earlier Winter Games, made its Olympic debut at the 1960 Games at Squaw Valley. Identify this sport which, until 1993, was governed by the same international governing body as modern pentathlon.

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Biathlon