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Summer Olympics Trivia Games!
What are the official Olympic sports competitions at the Summer Games?
There are over two dozen distinct competitions in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
They include traditional Olympic swimming, soccer, gymnastics, boxing, and cycling
competitions, as well as newer sports that are of keen interest to younger viewers -- such as beach volleyball!
The 2020 Tokyo Games will also see karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts, and the return of baseball and softball (which were removed from the summer program after 2008).
Miraitowa (left), the Olympic mascot, and Someity (right), the Paralympic mascot
Who are the mascots for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games?
The Olympic mascot is called Miraitowa, based on the Japanese words "Mirai"(future) and "towa" (eternity) to symbolize the undaunted optimism of the Olympic games.
The Paralympic mascot is named Someity, based on "Someiyoshino", a popular cherry blossom variety, and the phrase "so mighty". Someity has cherry blossom tactile sensors, and can show enormous mental and physical strength. The mascot represents Paralympic athletes who sometimes overcome enormous obstacles to redefine the boundaries of the possible.
Tokyo - home of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games
Opening and closing ceremonies will take
place at Tokyo's New National Stadium.
Having once hosted the Summer games in 1964, this is the second time that Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics.
In 2020, the newly-built New National Stadium will host the opening ceremony on July 24, as well as the closing ceremony on August 9, 2020.
Main venues for sporting events will include Yokohama Stadium for baseball and softball, the Olympic Aquatics Centre for swimming events, and Ajinomoto Stadium for soccer and rugby matches.
Total cost to Tokyo for hosting the 2020 games? The estimates run to well over 800 billion yen or about $7 billion.
The official motto for the 2020 Tokyo Games is "Discover Tomorrow."
Summer Olympic History Fun Facts
• The very first modern Olympic games were the Summer Olympics held in 1896. Because Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Athens was considered to be an appropriate choice to stage the inaugural modern Games.
• London is the only city to host the Summer Games three times -- in 1908, 1948 and 2012. The Summer Olympics have been held in the USA four times (1904, 1932, 1984, 1996) - but in three different cities.
• The United States has won more gold and overall medals than any other country in the Summer Games. Summer Olympian Michael Phelps is the most-decorated Olympic athlete of any nation, with 22 Olympic medals (including 18 golds).
• It's true. Olympic gold medals aren't really made of solid gold, but silver with gold plating. Olympic gold medals haven't been pure gold for about a century.
• The modern games were only canceled three times, and it was always the Summer Olympics. The 1916 Summer Olympics in Berlin were canceled because of World War I. The 1940 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, as well as the 1944 Summer Olympics in London, were canceled because of World War II.