Sports Trivia Questions - Truly Awesome Athletes
This specific sports person is the only one to ever acquire multiple medals at both the Winter and Summer Olympics. Name them.
Answer: Clara Hughes
Hughes was born on the 27th of September, 1972 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Clara won her first two Olympic medals in Atlanta, Georgia. She competed in the individual biking road race and the individual time trial event. She was able to win bronze in each of the competitions.
Clara then turned her attention towards the Winter Olympics. She competed in the 5000m speed skating event in the games in Salt Lake City in 2002. She won a bronze medal for her efforts. Clara then continued and competed within the game held in Torino where she harnessed gold during the 5000m speed skating competition. She also won a silver medal at the games during the team pursuit event.
In 2010, at the Vancouver Olympic games Clara achieved a bronze medal in the ladies 5000m speed skating event.
Clara is not just a decorated athlete, but is really a big supporter of the charitable organization, "Right to Play". In addition to her medals, she has also been awarded the Order of Canada and also the Order of Manitoba. Clara Hughes is truly one of the amazing Olympians.
Who holds the record for the most gold medals at an Olympic games?
Answer: Michael Phelps
In 2008 at the games held in Beijing Michael was able to win eight gold medals. All his medals were in the pool. Michael won the 100m fly, 200m free, 200m fly, 200 m individual medley, 400m individual medley, 4x 100m freestyle relay, 4x100 medley relay and the 4x 200m freestyle relay.
Michael added these eight gold to the six gold and two bronze medals that he won in the games in 2004. Michael has won more gold medals than any other athlete in the history of the modern Olympics. His Olympic medal total is second only to the 18 medals that were won by Larissa Latynina the famous Russian gymnast.
Michael was born in Baltimore, Maryland on the 30th of June 1985. Michael was diagnosed at the age of seven with ADD. To help him burn off energy he was put into swimming.
Michael has founded the Michael Phelps Foundation, which is a charity that advocates swimming and water safety for children. He is also a co-founder of the Swim with the Stars program.
Who holds the record in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most versatile female athlete?
Answer: "Babe" Mildred Ella Didrikson Zaharias
Mildred was born in Port Arthur, Texas on the 26th of June 1911. She was one of seven children born to Ole and Hannah Didriksen. She would change the spelling of her last name when she was older. The name 'Babe' was a childhood nickname that stayed with her all her life.
Mildred was truly one of the greatest athletes of all time. In 1932, she went to the Amateur Athletic Union Championships. She won eight of the ten events that she competed in and won the team championship. Babe was the only person on her team.
In 1932, Babe went to the Olympics in Los Angeles. She won two gold medals and one silver. She won gold in the 80m hurdles and the javelin. Her silver medal came in the sport of high jump.
Babe's most recognized sports achievements would be in golf. In what was truly an amazing career Babe won 82 golf tournaments. She won the ladies Grand Slam of golf in 1950. Some of her records in golf have never been broken.
Sadly, Babe was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1953. She underwent surgery and continued to play golf, although she limited the number of tournaments that she competed in. In 1955, the cancer returned and Babe died at the age of 45 in Galveston, Texas.
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