1. Although figure skating leaves some of us cold, there are those who do warm to it. Name the piece of music to which each of the following won their Olympic Gold.
a. Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean (Sarajevo 1984)
b. Katrin Witt (Calgary 1988)
2. What is 'Tiger' Woods first name ?
3. John Sholto Douglas introduced which rules to an unruly sport in 1889 ?
4. Which popular sport was first patented in 1874 under the name 'Sphairistike' by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield ?
5. Chess was introduced into Europe via the Persians. Many of their figures were different from those we use in the classic game of games we now know. For example, the Persians had war elephants. In a Europe without elephants this figure was first changed to a wise man, then a fool. Today, which figure represents this progression ?
6. 1 December, 1965, Madison Square Garden. A lone boxer makes his way slowly thru a cheering crowd of 12,000 fans. He steps into the ring without gloves or an oppnent for his farewell after 202 professional bouts and is acclaimed "the greatest boxer of all time". Which 5 time welter and middle weight world champion was it ?
7. Today, what is the common expression for 'the shah is helpless' ?
8. The Choktow indians played a lacrosse like game for centuries on a playing field that sometimes measured 1.5 km in lenght. Needless to say a big event. Up to how many competitors might have been found on the 'pitch' ?
9. The Jamaican Bolt is now the fastest man in the world in the 100 m dash with a time that's beyond me. In 1900 the American Walter Tewksberry held that fleeting distinction. What was his time ?
a. 10.2 sec
b. 10.8 sec
c. 11.2 sec
d. 11.8 sec
10. The first 'superstar' in tennis was William Renshaw. He won the Wimbledon singles title in 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1886 and 1889 !!! In one of those quirks of sporting history he lost the 1888 final to his mirror image, twin brother Ernest Renshaw. In 1887 he could not play due to an injury. In fact this injury had never been heard of before and he himself coined the name. Which injury prevented him from competing ?
1. Two Answers:
3. Queensberry Rules. ( J. S. Douglas was the 8th Marquess of Queensberry)
4. Lawn tennis
5. d. bishop (interesting is the combination wise man and fool)
6. Sugar Ray Robinson
7. Check mate. From the Persian 'sha-mat'.
8. b. 1,000
9. b. 10.8 sec
10. tennis arm (elbow)