by Jaime Bender | Tuesday, June 9, 2015
by Jaime BenderTuesday, June 9, 2015
What's the Canadian pastime often nicknamed 'chess on ice'?
Though it's rather obscure in the States, an estimated 1.5 million people are registered curlers, mostly in Canada. In the game, players use strategy and teamwork to slide stones toward a target area divided into four circles. The object is to score the highest number of points per game.
Don't let it 'bug' you: What's the most popular sport played in India?
You'll find people of all ages and abilities playing this game in every corner of India. Cricket is similar to baseball, but instead of running bases, the "batsman" attempts to hit the ball away from the fielders so he can run to the other end of the field and score a run.
Name the paddleball-like sport played primarily on the beaches of Israel:
Matkot has been played for decades along Israel's beaches, using a "matka" paddle and a small, squash-like ball, in an effort to keep the ball in the air for as long as possible. The sport is so beloved in Israel that there's an entire museum dedicated to it, fittingly in Tel Aviv.
Between 1914 and 1926, a French woman named Suzanne Lenglen won 31 championships in what sport?
Suzanne Lenglen is widely considered the first female tennis celebrity and one of the first international stars in any sport. She was the last French woman to win Wimbledon ladies singles until 2006.
What's this Argentinian cross between basketball and polo?
Pato, a game played on horseback, is the national sport of Argentina, though that status has been challenged by soccer in recent years. In pato, two four-member teams vie for possession of a four-handled ball and score by throwing the ball through a vertical ring.
This year, Ma Long of China was named No. 1 in the world for what sport?
Ma Long beat Fang Bo in the 2015 World Table Tennis Championships to become No. 1. This sport is a common basement activity in the U.S., but here it pales in comparison to the fanaticism and ultra-competitive spirit that exists in China.
Name this basketball-soccer combo that's well regarded and beloved in Norway:
While everyone else in Norway is skiing, there's still a devoted and energetic following for its women's national handball team. It's the only team to have won the Euro championship in handball four times in a row.
Name the sport that the Netherlands has dominated for decades in both Olympic and World Cup competitions:
The Netherlands national women's field hockey team has won the World Cup a whopping seven times. They're also reigning Olympic champions as seen in this photo after winning gold in the 2012 Olympics in London.
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