The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 March, 2007, 12:00am

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Records are made and broken with the assistance of the stopwatch. They are an essential tool in the Olympic Games.

To do

Use stopwatches and time each other when running, walking, swimming, or while having a spelling competition.

Think of four creative ways to time events without a stopwatch.





Good daydreaming by Galileo!

Use these words: chandelier, arc, complete, Pisa

In 1581, instead of Galileo (when he was 17 years old) paying attention in the Cathedral of ________________, he was watching the huge ________________ swinging back and forth from the ceiling. He noticed that no matter how short or long the ________________ of the chandelier was, it took exactly the same amount of time to ________________ a full swing. This gave Galileo the idea to create a pendulum clock.

1. What sort of timing system replaced pendulum clocks at the Hong Kong Observatory in 1966? ________________________________________

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The Competitors - Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia (boz-nee-uh) and Herzegovina (her-tsuh-goh-vee-nuh) are divided into a joint Bosniak/Croat Federation (about 51% of the territory) and the Bosnian Serb-led Republika Srpska or RS (about 49% of the territory).

The region called Herzegovina borders Croatia and Serbia and Montenegro (Montenegro), and traditionally has been settled by an ethnic Croat majority in the west and an ethnic Serb majority in the east.

Circle the correct answer

Herzegovina and Bosnia were both former a. Turkish b. Kurdish or c. Greek provinces and were part of Austria-Hungary in the late 1800s to the early 1900s.

What sea is on the border? a. Pacific Ocean b. Adriatic Sea or c. Black Sea

Capital: Sarajevo

Population: 4,498,976 (July 2006 est)

National Holiday: National Day, November 25 (1943)

Languages: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian

The Sport - Table Tennis

Names of particular shots reveal the game's aggressive and competitive nature - 'the kill', 'the hit and 'the chop'.

Table tennis is the world's largest participation sport, with 40 million competitive players worldwide and countless millions playing recreationally. Players use specially developed rubber-coated wooden and carbon-fibre rackets and a lightweight, hollow celluloid ball. There will be men's and women's singles and teams of four. Winners are best-out-of-five games.

Did you know?

Some glues are banned from Table Tennis Olympic competitions - they make the ball travel up to 30km/h faster!

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The Sport - Taekwondo

The Competitors - Brazil


A. Pisa, chandelier, arc, complete; 1. crystal-controlled timing system; B. Turkish; Adriatic Sea