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Monday, August 13, 2012

More Olympic Trivia.

More trivia that I started digging:

  1. 192 of the 193 United Nation Members participated in the 2012 Olympics .South Sudan the lone exception.
  2. 193 of the 196 Independent Countries participated in the 2012 Olympics .South Sudan,Kosovo & Vatican did not participate.
  3. Taiwan is not a UN member but an Independent Country and hence the extra nation in case 2) above
  4. 11 Countries that were territories also participated.       
  • Palestine, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands,Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Aruba,Hong Kong,Cook Island
  • Totally 193+11 =204 nations participated .

Now the question having known the above.
How many teams walked out during the opening ceremony ?
  • If your answer is 204 as would be logical it is wrong.The answer is 205 .Athletes from South Sudan(No NOC yet  because it is a newly formed nation) and the Netherlands Antilles (whose IOC was dissolved in 2010) participated unde the International Olympic Flag.
Which countries won a medal for the first time?
  • Guatemala,Grenada,Gabon,Cyprus,Botswana.
Which countries have never won a medal in any olympics till now?
  • About 75 of them .Wiki has a nice list here.