What is the significance of the Olympic rings?

What is the significance of the Olympic rings?  Arguably the most iconic symbol of the modern Olympic Games, the Olympic rings were designed by Charles Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin in 1912 and publicly presented for the first time in 1913. By that stage, Baron de Coubertin was president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), having played a pivotal role in the revival of the Olympic Games in 1896.The Olympic flag, bearing the Olympic rings, was officially raised for the first time during the opening ceremony of the Games of the VII Olympiad in Antwerp, Belgium in 1920.

The full colour version of the design consists of five uniformly-sized, interlocked, coloured rings centred on a white background. From left to right, the Olympic rings are coloured blue, yellow, black, green and red; the blue, black and red rings are positioned at the top and the yellow and green rings at the bottom. According to Baron de Coubertin, ‘This design is symbolic; the five colours are those that appear on at least one of all the national flags of the world at the present time united by Olympism.’ According to the Olympic Charter, ‘The Olympic symbol expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents [Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe and Australia] and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.’

Who holds the world record for the triple jump?

Who holds the world record for the triple jump?  The world record for the triple jump, which stands at 18.29 metres, or exactly 60 feet, was set by Englishman Jonathan Edwards at the World Athletics Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 7, 1995. Indeed, Edwards had already broken the world record twice before that year, jumping 17.98 metres – a centimetre further than the existing record, set by Willie Banks in 1985 – in Salamanca, Spain on July 18 and improving his own record by 18 centimetres, or 7 inches, when jumping 18.16 metres in the first round in Gothenburg.

Edwards retired from professional athletics in 2003 but, while American Kenny Harrison jumped 18.09 metres at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, USA on July 27, 1996, it was not until the World Athletics Championship in Beijing, China on August 27, 2015, that anyone really came with hailing distance of Edwards’ record. On that occasion, another American, Christian Taylor, was involved in a protracted battle with Cuban Pedro Pablo Pichardo before producing a final jump of 18.21 metres. That effort remains the closest anyone has come to beating the world record in two-and-a-half decades, although yet another American, Will Haye produced the third-best jump in history, 18.14 metres, in Long Beach, California, USA on June 29, 2019. Nevertheless, Edwards remains the first and, so far, only man to jump 60 feet and his world record has acquired an almost ‘mythical’ quality.

Who is Nadia Comenaci?

Who is Nadia Comenaci?  Born in Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Romania on November 12, 1961, Nadia Comaneci is best remembered as the first gymnast in Olympic history to be awarded a ‘perfect’ 10 score ( The closet I get to a perfect ten is my number coming up when playing best high roller casino ). She did so in the asymmetric, or uneven, bars round of the women’s team competition at the Games of the XXI Olympiad in Montreal, Canada on July 18, 1976. In fact, aged just 14 and weighing in at an ethereal 6st 2lb, Comanceci was awarded a total of seven such scores – four on the asymmetric bars and three on the beam – en route to three gold medals, including in the women’s individual all-around competition, at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Unsurprisingly, her performances created a sensation and her an international gymnastic superstar.

Four years later, at the Summer Olympics in Moscow, in what has been described as a ‘turbulent’ gymnastics competition, Comaneci was awarded two more perfect scores on the way to winning two more gold medals, albeit controversially, in the beam and floor events. Comaneci retired from competition in 1984 and, following in the footsteps of Bela Karolyi and Geza Pozsar, former head coach and choreographer of the Romanian team, defected to the West in 1989. She initially settled in Montreal, Canada, home of online casino canada, but later moved to Norman, Oklahoma, where she met, and later married, fellow Olympic gold medallist Bart Conner. Together, they own and operate the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy and are involved with numerous charities, including the Special Olympics.

How many times did Usain Bolt break the 100-metre world record?

How many times did Usain Bolt break the 100-metre world record?  Widely considered the greatest sprinter of all time, over 100 and 200 metres, Jamaican Usain Bolt, who announced his retirement from athletics in August, 2017, requires little introduction. Individually, he won gold medals in both the 100-metre and 200-metre events at three consecutive Olympics – Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016 – and still holds world records at both distances.

On May 3, 2008, at the Jamaica International Invitation in Kingston, Jamaica, Bolt posted a winning time of 9.76 seconds, just 0.02 seconds slower than the existing world record, 9.74 seconds, set by compatriot Asafa Powell in Rieti, Italy the previous September. Four weeks later, at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York, USA, on May 31, 2008, Bolt broke the 100-metre world record for the first time, defeating reigning world champion Tyson Gay in a time of 9.72 seconds.

Less than three months later, in the 100-metre final at the Beijing Olympics on August 16, 2008, broke the world record again, winning in a time of 9.69 seconds, despite raising his arms in celebration 20 metres before the line when well ahead. A year to the day later, Bolt faced Tyson Gay again in the 100-metre final at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany, advertised locally as ‘Das Duell’. Tyson clocked 9.71 seconds but, even so, finished nowhere near Bolt, who crossed the line in 9.58 seconds, taking 0.11 seconds off his previous world record.

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