A lot of Americans have had a lot of questions about the Olympics this week. So, I figured we’d reveal the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about this summer’s Tokyo Games:
1. “Why do divers shower after each dive?” It’s not to wash the chlorine off, it’s actually to prevent injuries. You see, the pool is cold & can make you cramp up. So, they take a warm shower or sit in a hot tub between dives to keep their muscles loose & cramp-free.
2. “Why does one volleyball player have a different colored jersey?” They’re the only player who can sub in & replace another player in the back row. They’re usually better at defense, so they’re there to cover things like passing the ball & receiving serves.
3. “Why is Russia called R.O.C.?” Remember how Russia got banned for doping a few years back? Well, as a way around that, all of their athletes are competing this year under the name “Russian Olympic Committee” (R.O.C.).
4. “Why isn’t LeBron James in the Olympics?” King James experienced some injuries during the NBA season earlier this year, so he decided to opt out. He’s not the only big name player who decided to forego this year’s Olympics, which may be why our Team USA didn’t do so well on the international court.
5. “How deep is an Olympic diving pool?” Most swimming pools in Tokyo are about 10 feet deep. Meanwhile, international diving pools are anywhere from 10 to 16 feet, depending on the event. So, the high dive competitions use the deepest part of the deepest pools.
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