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As of 2014, Javier Sotomayor holds the high jump record with a jump of 8 feet 0.46 inches. He set this world record in 1993.

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  • Why are the Olympic Games held every four years?

    Q: Why are the Olympic Games held every four years?

    A: The Olympic Games are held every four years in tribute to their ancient origins. The original Olympics were held at Olympia every four years. During this period, the passing of time was marked by "Olympiads," which refers to the four-year span between Games.
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  • How many countries participate in the Olympics?

    Q: How many countries participate in the Olympics?

    A: As of 2014, the total number of National Olympic Committees (NOC) who have fielded athletes in the most recent games have been 204 in the 2012 London Summer Olympics and 84 in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Three additional nations qualified for the Sochi Games but chose not to participate.
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  • How heavy is a discus?

    Q: How heavy is a discus?

    A: The men's Olympic discus weighs 4.4 pounds and is 8.66 inches in diameter. The women's discus is half the weight of the men's discus at 2.2 pounds, but it is still 7 inches in diameter. High school and college boys use a discus between 3.3 and 3.9 pounds.
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  • What is the size of an Olympic hockey rink?

    Q: What is the size of an Olympic hockey rink?

    A: An Olympic hockey rink is 100 feet wide by 200 feet long. This is wider than a standard NHL hockey rink, which is 85 feet wide by 200 feet long.
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  • Why are the Olympic rings linked?

    Q: Why are the Olympic rings linked?

    A: The five multicolored Olympic rings are linked because they symbolize the unity of athletes from all parts of the world who participate and compete against one another at the Olympic Games, according to Olympics Go for the Gold. These rings represent the union of the five continents. Moreover, they are interlinked to show that all nations are free to participate in the games.
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  • Where were the first modern Olympics held?

    Q: Where were the first modern Olympics held?

    A: According to History,com, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece, during the summer of 1896. The International Olympic Committee met for the first time in Paris in June 1894 and selected the city to host the event.
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  • What does the Olympic flag represent?

    Q: What does the Olympic flag represent?

    A: The white Olympic flag with its five colorful rings symbolizes the continents as well as individual nations. The continents represented are North and South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. North and South America are considered one continent for this purpose. The six colors - blue, black, red, yellow, green and white - symbolize the common colors on flags of nations that competed in the first five Olympics.
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  • What is the high jump record?

    Q: What is the high jump record?

    A: As of 2014, Javier Sotomayor holds the high jump record with a jump of 8 feet 0.46 inches. He set this world record in 1993.
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  • Why is the Olympic Games so important?

    Q: Why is the Olympic Games so important?

    A: The Olympic Games unite nations throughout the world and show different countries the human side of nations of which they are unfamiliar. While the Olympic Games are about competition and winning, they are also about learning about other cultures and the similarities between all cultures.
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  • What do the five rings that appear on the Olympic flag signify?

    Q: What do the five rings that appear on the Olympic flag signify?

    A: Pierre de Coubertin, who designed the Olympic logo with five interlocking rings, suggested that the rings represent the five general areas of the world where people (and the athletes competing in the games) live. Five solid colors appear in the logo from left to right: blue, yellow, black, green, and red.
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  • What is the length of an Olympic running track?

    Q: What is the length of an Olympic running track?

    A: The inside lane of an Olympic running track is a standard 400 meters long. Moving towards the outside of the track, each lane becomes progressively longer, reaching a length of approximately 453 meters in the outside lane.
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  • Where will the next Olympic Games be held?

    Q: Where will the next Olympic Games be held?

    A: As of 2014, the next Olympic Games will be held in 2016 in Rio De Janeiro, according to Olympic.org. The athletes will be housed in a village with a compact layout for maximum convenience.
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  • Who is the youngest person to have participated in the Olympics?

    Q: Who is the youngest person to have participated in the Olympics?

    A: Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras was the youngest person to ever participate in the modern Olympics. He won a bronze medal at the age of 10 years, 218 days in the team gymnastics competition in Athens at the 1896 Summer Olympics.
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  • What is the longest athletic race in the Olympic Games?

    Q: What is the longest athletic race in the Olympic Games?

    A: The men's 50-kilometer, or 31-mile, racewalk is the longest athletic race in the Olympic Games. Although racewalking debuted at the 1908 Olympics, the 50-km race was not introduced until the 1932 Olympic Games. Today, 20-km men's and women's events are also offered.
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  • How old do you have to be to compete in the Olympics?

    Q: How old do you have to be to compete in the Olympics?

    A: The age limit for competing in the Olympic Games varies with each international sports federation, according to the official website of the Olympic Movement. The Olympic charter does not set an age limit for competitors in the Olympic Games.
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  • Who is the world record holder in the 100 meter dash?

    Q: Who is the world record holder in the 100 meter dash?

    A: As of 2014, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt holds the world record for running the 100-meter dash in 9.58 seconds. He set the record in 2009 at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin.
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  • How is the Olympic torch rekindled?

    Q: How is the Olympic torch rekindled?

    A: The Olympic torch is rekindled from a "mother flame" that is kept in a protective lantern case and is never extinguished. Before the Olympic games begin, an olive branch is lit by the sun's rays in Olympia, Greece. The flame from this olive branch is used as the mother flame.
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  • What does the Olympic torch symbolize?

    Q: What does the Olympic torch symbolize?

    A: The Olympic torch is meant to symbolize the fire gifted to mankind by Prometheus in Greek mythology. Today's torch is also used as a symbol to connect the ancient games with their modern counterpart.
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  • How do athletes prepare for the Olympic Games?

    Q: How do athletes prepare for the Olympic Games?

    A: Athletes prepare for the Olympic Games through several years of intense, focused physical and psychological training. They work with coaches to determine the ideal training plan to reach their peak performance just as the Olympics occur.
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  • When did figure skating become an Olympic sport?

    Q: When did figure skating become an Olympic sport?

    A: Figure skating became an Olympic sport in 1908 when it was included in the Olympic Games in London. It was also a part of the Summer Olympics in Antwerp in 1920, before moving in 1924 to its permanent spot in the Winter Olympics, held in Chamonix.
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  • How often are the Olympics held?

    Q: How often are the Olympics held?

    A: The summer and winter Olympic games are each held once every four years on an alternating schedule, meaning there is an Olympics competition every two years. The modern Olympic games started with a four year cycle in 1896.
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