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Standing on the medal platform is an emotional moment. What percentage of gold medal winners have burst into tears at the award ceremony? 

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Standing on the medal platform is an emotional moment. What percentage of gold medal winners have burst into tears at the award ceremony? 

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According to The Wall Street Journal, so far about 16% of gold medal winners cried during the award ceremony. More than 17% of U.S. winners cried. Which country has the most emotional champions? Host country Great Britain wins that competition. About 37.5% of their gold medal winners broke down in tears.

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Which Olympic marathon runner is a vegetarian?

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Which Olympic marathon runner is a vegetarian?

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Wykes, a member of the Canadian team, is a vegetarian because of ethical reasons, according to The Huffington Post . His diet includes high-protein vegetarian foods such as quinoa and lentils. Before a race, Wykes's meals typically emphasize carbohydrates, such as rice or pasta.

Which U.S. track-and-field athlete had Tommy John surgery to repair an injured elbow?

Which U.S. track-and-field athlete had Tommy John surgery to repair an injured elbow?

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Hardee injured his elbow throwing the javelin during the 2011 World Championships. The decathlon athlete has made a full recovery from Tommy John surgery, a procedure that replaces an injured tendon in the elbow with a tendon from somewhere else in the patient's body.

Decathlon athletes can put a lot of stress on their elbows. Their events include the shot put, discus throw, and pole vault.

Most Olympic high jumpers go over the bar on their back. But it wasn't always that way. Which Olympian invented the technique?

Most Olympic high jumpers go over the bar on their back. But it wasn't always that way. Which Olympian invented the technique?

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Fosbury's revolutionary style became known as the "Fosbury Flop." He used that technique to win a gold medal in 1968. Before then, high jumpers went over the bar either face down or using the scissors kick -- head up, one leg at a time.

How many calories a minute does a typical top athlete burn in endurance sports like cycling or long-distance running?

How many calories a minute does a typical top athlete burn in endurance sports like cycling or long-distance running?

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Michael Joyner, MD, who has done studies on endurance athletes, told The New York Times that elite athletes train as much as four or five hours a day. At that rate, the number of calories burned can start to add up! He estimates that each workout can burn 4,000 to 6,000 calories.

About how wide is the balance beam used in gymnastics?

About how wide is the balance beam used in gymnastics?

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The balance beam is about 4 inches wide. It's also about 16 feet long and stands about 4 feet off the ground. The balance beam made its first appearance as an Olympic sport in the 1956 games in Melbourne, Australia.

How many calories a day does a typical male, heavyweight rower eat?

How many calories a day does a typical male, heavyweight rower eat?

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In order to take in 6,000 calories a day, an Olympic rower will typically eat six times a day. His diet includes foods such as cereal, eggs, baked beans, chicken, low-fat milkshakes, whole-grain bread, and sports drinks.

Which equestrian athlete is the oldest person competing in this year's Olympics?

Which equestrian athlete is the oldest person competing in this year's Olympics?

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Hoketsu, a member of the Japanese equestrian team, was 71 years old in 2012. His first Olympic appearance was in the 1964 Olympic Games. According to media reports, he's not planning to compete in the 2016 Olympics, but not because of his age. He says his horse is too old.

Michael Phelps has won more Olympic medals than any athlete in history. How many has he won?

Michael Phelps has won more Olympic medals than any athlete in history. How many has he won?

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Phelps won four of his 18 gold medals in 2012, and he has 22 medals total. That's more than many nations have won in their entire Olympic history. According to The New York Times , Phelps' 18 gold medals would rank him No. 36 on the all-time medal list for countries.

In this year's Olympics, Usain Bolt ran the 100-meter dash in 9.63 seconds. What was the winning time at the first modern Olympics in 1896?

In this year's Olympics, Usain Bolt ran the 100-meter dash in 9.63 seconds. What was the winning time at the first modern Olympics in 1896?

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Bolt's Olympic record of 9.63 seconds is an astounding 2.37 seconds faster than the winning time in 1896. U.S. sprinter Thomas Burke won the 1896 race.

To put that gap in perspective, if the two were running head to head, according to The New York Times , Burke would finish 19.7 meters behind Bolt. 

Bolt won three gold medals at the 2012 Games,

U.S. tennis player John Isner can deliver one of the fastest serves in the sport. How fast was his fastest serve?

U.S. tennis player John Isner can deliver one of the fastest serves in the sport. How fast was his fastest serve?

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Isner's best serve was recorded at 149 mph. He's able to reach that speed by using his 6-foot 9-inch height for extra leverage. When he jumps during his serve, he hits the ball at a height of more than 10 feet off the ground.

Which volleyball player has not let major hearing loss stand in the way of athletic success?

Which volleyball player has not let major hearing loss stand in the way of athletic success?

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Smith, a member of the U.S. volleyball team, was born with significant hearing problems. Media reports say his hearing loss is in the 80%-90% range. He's been wearing hearing aids since age 3. Smith says one of his only problems on the court is that sweat sometimes causes his hearing aids to shut down.

What's the minimum age to compete in gymnastics at the 2012 Olympics?

What's the minimum age to compete in gymnastics at the 2012 Olympics?

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To participate in artistic gymnastics, athletes must be at least 16 years old in the year the Olympics are taking place. U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas turned 16 in 2011. She was born on Dec. 31, 1995. Douglas won the gold medal in the women's all-around competition.

Which Olympic swimmer has a training regimen that includes tossing 25-pound beer kegs over his head?

Which Olympic swimmer has a training regimen that includes tossing 25-pound beer kegs over his head?

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Lochte's preparation for the Olympics included an exercise routine influenced by "strongman" competitions. Every Sunday he spent 90 minutes to three hours tossing beer kegs, dragging 400- to 500-pound boat chains, and flipping 650-pound tires. According to Lochte's strength coach, Lochte believes the unconventional workout gives him a mental edge that helps him compete.

How fast are Olympic platform divers going when they hit the water?

How fast are Olympic platform divers going when they hit the water?

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The platform used by Olympic divers is more than 32 feet high -- the same height as a three-story building. By the time a diver hits the water, he or she could be travelling as fast as 30 to 35 mph.

Which U.S. rower has her sights set on a medical career when her Olympic career ends?

Which U.S. rower has her sights set on a medical career when her Olympic career ends?

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Rower Meghan Musnicki is interested in becoming a nurse. She fell in love with the career more than five years ago when she was a volunteer in the labor and delivery ward of a hospital in New York state. But she put off her nursing plans to concentrate on rowing. She says nursing is still in her future, but she's just not sure when.

When did U.S. gymnast Danell Leyva begin taking his lucky towel to competitions?

When did U.S. gymnast Danell Leyva begin taking his lucky towel to competitions?

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According to Yahoo Sports, Leyva originally had two lucky towels that were exactly the same. They were given to him by two aunts and he kept them as good-luck charms. But one towel ripped. He's taken the other one with him to nearly all gymnastic events since 2007. He had it with him when he won the bronze medal in the men's all-around at this year's Olympics.

Which U.S. cyclist is able to compete despite a diagnosis of osteoarthritis?

Which U.S. cyclist is able to compete despite a diagnosis of osteoarthritis?

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Kristin Armstrong has osteoarthritis, a degeneration of cartilage, in both of her hip joints. Her diagnosis in 2001 forced her to give up running in triathlons. She took up cycling instead. Armstrong won a gold medal in the 2008 games in Beijing and another gold medal at this year’s games in London.

Why do some Olympic athletes wear brightly colored tape on their skin?

Why do some Olympic athletes wear brightly colored tape on their skin?

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The brightly colored tape worn by some athletes is called Kinesio tape. It was invented by Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor, in the 1970s. Some athletes believe it can help relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and support muscles. But there's no conclusive evidence that the tape works.

Which swimmer had a choice between joining the U.S. team or the Canadian team?

Which swimmer had a choice between joining the U.S. team or the Canadian team?

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Missy Franklin is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. She's on the U.S. team. Some years ago, her mother pointed out that she might have an easier time trying out for the Canadian team, where the competition isn't as stiff. But Franklin said she wanted to represent the U.S.

What sport is played by Mariel Zagunis, the U.S. flag bearer at the opening ceremonies?

What sport is played by Mariel Zagunis, the U.S. flag bearer at the opening ceremonies?

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Mariel Zagunis is competing in her third Olympics. In 2004, she became the first U.S. fencer in 100 years to win a gold medal in fencing. She also won a gold and bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics.

Which U.S. athlete missed the opening ceremonies?

Which U.S. athlete missed the opening ceremonies?

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Swimmer Michael Phelps couldn't be there. The four-time Olympian has never been to the opening ceremonies. He says he usually ends up watching it on TV.

This Oscar winner directed the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games:

This Oscar winner directed the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games:

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British filmmaker and producer Danny Boyle, who won the Best Director Oscar in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire,” was the artistic director for the opening ceremony. Opening scene: The stadium made into a British countryside, including live farm animals.

British equestrian Zara Phillips is the granddaughter of:

British equestrian Zara Phillips is the granddaughter of:

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Zara Phillips, part of Great Britain’s eventing team, is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and the daughter of two other Olympic equestrians. Her father, Captain Mark Phillips, won team gold in Munich in 1972 and silver in Seoul in 1988. Her mother, Princess Anne, competed in Montreal in 1976.

Which Olympian frequently tweets about her races, dating, and God?

Which Olympian frequently tweets about her races, dating, and God?

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Hurdler Lolo Jones turns to Twitter to discuss her athletic performances, being single, and her Christian beliefs. She made headlines when she announced on Twitter on March 26, 2012, that she is a virgin. Jones was favored to win a medal in the 100m hurdles in Beijing and led the final race before tripping over the second-to-last hurdle, finishing seventh. She had spinal surgery in 2011.

Which Olympic swimmer has struggled with ADHD?

Which Olympic swimmer has struggled with ADHD?

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As a child, Michael Phelps did.

Which sport made its second appearance in the 2012 Games?

Which sport made its second appearance in the 2012 Games?

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BMX, which stands for bicycle motocross, began to take off in the late 1960s in California but didn’t make its Olympic debut until the 2008 Beijing Games. BMX is one of the youngest -- and fastest -- bicycle disciplines. Eight riders compete on a track filled with obstacles, tight bends, and jumps. In Beijing, the track was 350m long for women and 370m long for men.

Which U.S. gymnast earned the nickname “Flying Squirrel?”

Which U.S. gymnast earned the nickname “Flying Squirrel?”

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Gabby Douglas is so light and quick as she flies between the uneven bars that she has been dubbed “Flying Squirrel.” Determined to make the Olympics, Douglas left her hometown two years ago to train with Shawn Johnson’s coach in West Des Moines, Iowa. When Douglas was 3, her older sister, also a gymnast, taught her how to do a perfectly straight cartwheel.

Which country is Usain Bolt from?

Which country is Usain Bolt from?

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He's from Jamaica. When he’s not on the track, Bolt likes to dance to Dancehall Music, which emerged from the streets of Jamaica.

After the London Games,  the Olympic Village will become:

After the London Games,  the Olympic Village will become:

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Construction began in 2008 on the Olympic Village, which has residential apartments for about 17,000 athletes and officials as well as shops, restaurants, and a variety of facilities. After the Games, the apartments will be turned into 2,818 new homes. Temporary partitions needed during the Olympics will be removed; kitchens and carpet or timber floors will be installed.

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