1- The team's victory in this tournament has ensured them a place in the Olympics next year.

2- enterpriseWhen the modern Olympics started in 1896, first place winners were given silver medals because gold was thought to be inferior.

3- infiniteThe United States won the most gold medals and the most medals overall at the Athens Olympics.

4- The American basketball team is supremely confident that it will win the gold medal at the Olympics.

5- The oldest individual to win a medal in the Olympics was Oscar Swahn, who won a silver medal in shooting at the age of 72.

6- The Special Olympics offers a chance for physically and mentally handicapped athletes to compete in sports at an elite level.

7- The triumphant Czech hockey team was welcomed by thousands of fans after their 1998 gold medal victory in the Olympics.

8- There is expected to be a surge in housing prices in Vancouver as a result of the 2010 Winter Olympics being held at Mount Whistler.

9- Badminton was not recognized as an official sport in the Olympics until 1992.

10- The young man is astonishingly strong, and should make the Olympics easily.

11- A number of athletes from the communist bloc defected to Canada after the Montreal Olympics.

12- Swimming will be the main event of the next Olympics.

13- Sprinter Ben Johnson received a lengthy suspension from international competition after testing positive for steroids at the Seoul Olympics.

14- The runner has been doing very well in the national track and field circuit and is expected to place in the top ten in next year's Olympics.

15- How many times has Japan hosted the Olympics?

16- In terms of population, Canada actually won comparatively more medals at the Sydney Olympics than both the U.

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18- and China.

19- As of 2004, no South American country has ever hosted the Olympics.

20- Donovan Bailey needs to win this race in order to qualify for the men's 100 meters in the Sydney Olympics.

21- The embassy threw a party for all the athletes that were competing in the Olympics.

22- The Olympics used to have a rule whereby professional athletes were not allowed to compete.

23- During the first modern Olympics in 1896, the winners received silver medals and crowns of olive branches.

24- Ben Johnson lost his gold medal at the Seoul Olympics after an illegal substance was found in his urine sample.

25- Discussion question: How do you feel about allowing professional athletes to participate in the Olympics?The Olympics promotes excellence in athletics, and a spirit of sportsmanship.

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