Category Archives: Olympics

Daily Trivia: 7/30/12

Question: Who took five stitches in the scalp after smacking his head on the diving board at the 1988 Olympics?

Last Question: What women’s track star pioneered the one-legged body suit?

Answer: Florence Griffith-Joyner – a.k.a Flo-Jo (Great job Jim!)

Florence Griffith-Joyner is considered to be the “fastest woman of all time” as she holds the world record for both the 100 meters and 200 meters, both set in 1988 and has never been seriously challenged. She was the wife of triple jumper Al Joyner and the sister-in-law of heptathlete and long jumper Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

“Flo-Jo” was the big favorite for the titles in the sprint events at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. She did not disappoint! She won the Gold in the 100 meters and 200 meters races, as well as the 4×100 meters relay, and she won the Silver in the 4×400 meters relay.

She would go on to win the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Griffith-Joyner retired from competitive sports shortly afterwards.

Then Flo-Jo became the object of controversy. Since her performance had improved dramatically over a short period of time, and her physique changed a lot, she was accused of using performance enhancing drugs. She attributed the change in her physique to new health programs. It turns out that the International Olympic Committee’s medical commission claimed that Joyner was singled out for rigorous drug testing during the 1988 Seoul Olympics because of steroid rumors. And she passed with flying colors. There was not a trace of any performance enhancing drugs in her system.

In 1996, Flo-Jo attempted a comeback, so she could run the 400 meter race, and potentially become a record holder in that event as well, since she had already set world marks in both the 100 and 200 meter events. However, tendonitis in her right leg ended her hopes of becoming a triple world record holder.

Sadly, Flo-Jo died in her sleep on September 21, 1998 from a severe epileptic seizure. She was only 38.

Here is Flo-Jo in action:

Daily Trivia: 7/27/12

Question: What women’s track star pioneered the one-legged body suit?

Last Question: In 1988, the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team won which Olympic medal?

Answer: Bronze

1988 was the last year that NBA players were not allowed to participate. As a result, the Soviet Union took home the Gold, Yugoslavia took home the Silver, and the U.S. rounded out the medals by getting the Bronze.
While there were no NBA players on the U.S. team, there were plenty of future NBA players:

Mitch Richmond
Charles Smith IV
Bimbo Coles
Hersey Hawkins
Jeff Grayer
Charles D. Smith
Willie Anderson
Stacey Augmon
Dan Majerle
Danny Manning
J. R. Reid
David Robinson

And as we know, the 1992 Olympics featured the “Dream Team”, starring Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and (once again) David Robinson.

Daily Trivia: 7/26/12

Question: In 1988, the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team won which Olympic medal?

Last Question: What fabric softener saw U.S. sales increase in 1986 thanks to its “spokesbear”?

Answer: Snuggle (Great job @OldSchool80s)!!

I love ’80s commercials, but please shoot me now!

Daily Trivia – 3/9/11

Question: On Valerie, who played the family matriarch after actress Valerie Harper left the show?

Last Question: What East German figure skater beat world champion Rosalynn Sumners to win gold in the 1984 Olympic Games?

Answer: Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, first in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics and the second in 1988 at the Calgary Olympics. She narrowly won the 1984 Olympic title over the favored contender, reigning World champion Rosalynn Sumners of the United States. Witt and Sumners held the top two spots heading into the Olympic free skate, which were worth 50% of the total score. Witt landed three triple jumps in her free skate program, and the judges left room for Sumners to win the event, but Sumners scaled back two of her jumps, and Witt won the long program by one tenth of a point on one judge’s scorecard.

After the 1988 Olympics, Witt became a professional skater. In 1995, she was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In December 1998, Witt posed nude for Playboy magazine. The issue in which these photos were published was the second ever sold-out issue of the magazine. (The first sold-out issue was the inaugural one including photos of Marilyn Monroe.)

Currently, Witt is the bid head for Munich’s bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2018.

Here is Katarina’s 1984 Olympic performance:

And here is her 1988 performance: