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POINT OF FACT
Peter Carry
October 05, 1964
A fast quiz on the summer Olympic Games for fans with an eye on Tokyo and maybe another eye on history
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October 05, 1964

Point Of Fact

A fast quiz on the summer Olympic Games for fans with an eye on Tokyo and maybe another eye on history

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? Floyd Patterson and Cassias Clay, the former and reigning professional heavyweight boxing champions, were both Olympic titlists as amateurs. What classes did they fight in and when did they win?

? Patterson was the middleweight (165 pounds) gold medalist in 1952, and Clay was the light heavyweight (178 pounds) winner in 1960.

? Competitive cycling is generally considered a European sport. Has the U.S. ever won a gold medal in cycling?

?Yes. In 1900 the U.S. won the 1,500-meter (now 4,000-meter) team pursuit title.

? In 1960 U.S. athletes won three gold medals in freestyle wrestling, but no American has ever won a Greco-Roman wrestling title in the Olympics. What is the main difference between the two kinds of wrestling?

?While Olympic freestyle rules are similar to American collegiate rules, Greco-Roman is a radically different form of the sport because no holds are permitted below the waist.

? When Charles Vinci won the only gold medal in weight lifting for the U.S. in 1960 he took the bantamweight (123� pounds) title with a record-setting total lift of 760 pounds. How many and what types of lifts did he use?

?All Olympic weight lifters must perform three lifts: military press, clean and jerk, and snatch.

? Basketball was invented in Springfield, Mass., in the 19th century and has since grown to a worldwide, Olympic sport. Volleyball, a new Olympic event, was also first played in the U.S. When and where was the game devised?

?Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, a YMCA director in Holyoke, Mass.

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