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A stadium was built on the site of a simple racecourse by the Athenian statesman Lykourgos (Lycurgus) c. 330 BC, primarily for the Panathenaic Games. It was rebuilt in marble by Herodes Atticus, an Athenian Roman senator, by 144 AD and had a capacity of 50,000 seats. After the rise of Christianity in the 4th century it was largely abandoned. The stadium was excavated in 1869 and hosted the Zappas Olympics in 1870 and 1875. After being refurbished, it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and was the venue for 4 of the 9 contested sports. It was used for various purposes in the 20th century and was once again used as an Olympic venue in 2004. It is the finishing point for the annual Athens Classic Marathon. It is also the last venue in Greece from where the Olympic flame handover ceremony to the host nation takes place
Don Quarrie (is a Jamaican former track and field athlete, one of the world's top sprinters during the 1970s. At the 1976 Summer Olympics he was the gold medalist in the Olympic 200 meters and silver medalist in the Olympic 100 meters. In all, he competed in five Olympic Games and won four Olympic medals during his career)
Has a high school in Jamaica named after him............................
Calling it a night..........................................
Softball (will be featured at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo for the first time since the 2008 Summer Olympics. The tournament will consist of six teams. Baseball/softball is one of five sports added to the program of the 2020 Summer Olympics only. It will not return in 2024. The opening match of the event between Australia and Japan means that for the first time since 1996, the opening match of the summer Olympiad is not a football match)
US team will be playing for Gold..........................
Ryoko Tani is a retired Japanese female judoka and a politician. Competing in the extra-lightweight class, she won a record seven world titles and five Olympic medals including two golds at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. After her retirement, the International Judo Federation named her "best female judoka ever".
Kohei Uchimura (is a Japanese artistic gymnast. He is a seven-time Olympic medalist, winning three golds and four silvers, and a twenty-one-time World medalist)
Kohei announced he would be retiring after the Tokyo Olympics. He went to Tokyo to compete only in the High Bar individual event, it didn't go well. He is out of the Olympics...........................
Seven-time Olympic medalist Kohei Uchimura fell of the high bar, his only event in Tokyo, during men's gymnastics qualification. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 #Gym...
He is known for being the first gymnast (male or female) to win every major all-around title in an entire single Olympic cycle, accomplishing this feat twice by winning six world (2009–2011 and 2013–2015) and two Olympic (2012 London Olympics, and 2016 Rio Olympics) individual all-around titles.
His nickname is "King Kohei"
Velòdrom d'Horta is a velodrome located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was the track cycling venue for the 1992 Summer Olympics and was also the venue for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 1984.
The velodrome, designed by Esteve Bonell and Francesc Rius, was built in 1984 as the first of Barcelona's construction projects in preparation for the bid for the 1992 Summer Olympics in 1986. It was the first velodrome built to new FIAC rules permitting a 250 m (270 yd) track if surfaced with wood. The building won the FAD architecture prize in 1985.
It was the last permanent open-air velodrome used for Olympic Track Cycling events (Atlanta's velodrome at Stone Mountain in 1996 was temporary). Olympic velodromes have been built with a roof since 2000.
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Alise Willoughby (is an American professional "Current School" Bicycle Motocross racer from St Paul, MN. She won a Silver Medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in BMX Racing under her maiden name of Alise Post. She will be competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics)
Her husband Sam Willoughby was also a BMX racer. He won a Silver Medal in London in 2012. In 2016 he suffered a spinal injury during a training run crash. He continues to recover and coach his wife. The two were married in 2019 where Sam used braces to walk down the aisle and dance their first dance...............
Calling it a night..........................
Xiao Qin is a male Chinese gymnast. He specializes in the horizontal bar and parallel bars, but is best known for his work on the pommel horse for which he has won Olympic, world, national, East Asian Games, and World Cup titles. He joined the Chinese National Team in 1999 and is part of the People's Liberation Army+
"Yifter the Shifter" (Miruts Yifter was an Ethiopian long-distance runner from Tigray and winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics. Yifter irritated his competitors, shifting between positions throughout the race, before mistakenly using his final gear in the penultimate lap. He would soon earn the moniker “Yifter the Shifter” for his ability to change speeds so rapidly in races)
Miruts Yift was the subject of much criticism during Ethiopia's former military regime, especially for not winning gold medals at the Munich Games, and he was thrown into jail upon his return home. He was soon released but left Ethiopia in 2000 for Canada.
At the Moscow Olympics, part of the mystery surrounding Yifter was the question of his age, which was reported to be between 33 and 42. Yifter refused to give a definitive answer, telling reporters:
"Men may steal my chickens; men may steal my sheep. But no man can steal my age."
The most common versions of his date of birth are 1 January 1938 or 15 May 1944