MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Do Olympic coaches get medals too?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Do Olympic coaches get medals too?

I started wondering this after seeing Xander Schauffele win gold for the U.S. in golf last week. Did his caddie get a medal too? He did not. But that made me wonder do any coaches in the Olympics get medals or ANYTHING? So Olympic coaches do not get official medals from the International Olympic Committee…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How much water is in an Olympic sized pool?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How much water is in an Olympic sized pool?

While watching all the swimming, diving, and water polo in the summer Olympics this past week you’ve probably wondered at some point “how much water does it take to fill that thing?” An Olympic pool has about 2.5 million liters of water. This is enough to fill up 8,200 bathtubs. That’s A LOT of bubble…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why does everyone keep referring to these 2021 Olympics as Tokyo 2020?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why does everyone keep referring to these 2021 Olympics as Tokyo 2020?

If you watched even a few minute of the Summer Olympics coverage you’ve probably noticed that despite it being 2021 right now everything still says “Tokyo 2020”. Obviously the games were postponed last year due to the pandemic. But why didn’t they change the year? The International Olympic Committee decided to keep everything as “2020”…

TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD: Connecticut’s connection to the big USWNT Olympic win today

TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD: Connecticut’s connection to the big USWNT Olympic win today

Big win today for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team at the Summer Olympics today as they defeated The Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty kick shoot out to advance the to Semifinal round. Connecticut should be proud as Stratford’s very own Alyssa Naeher, the USWNT goalie, made two HUGE saves during the shoot-out to secure…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why do Olympic divers shower after every dive?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why do Olympic divers shower after every dive?

If you’ve been watching any of the diving events in the summer Olympics you’ve probably noticed one interesting thing that every diver does. They shower in between dives. But why?! I thought it might have been to wash the chlorine and chemicals off? But that’s not it at all. The pool water is very cold…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How deep are the Olympic pools?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: How deep are the Olympic pools?

Let’s keep the Olympic theme going for today’s mystery… how deep are the pools in the Summer Olympics? The regular swimming pools for the swimming events in Tokyo are almost 10 feet deep.  Pretty standard. The diving pools which obviously need to be deeper are between 10 and 16 feet depending on the event.  The…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What happens if there is a tie for gold in the Olympics?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: What happens if there is a tie for gold in the Olympics?

Keeping with our Olympics theme for Mundane Mysteries today’s question… what happens if there is a tie for gold? This obviously doesn’t happen that often since a lot of the timed events are decided by a tenth of a second, but it does happen. So they have to have a system for it. Which they do.…

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Are Olympic gold medals made of solid gold?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Are Olympic gold medals made of solid gold?

If you win a gold medal at the Olympics are you actually getting a solid 100% gold medal?! The answer is actually no. In fact full gold medals haven’t been given since the 1912 Olympics. Today’s Olympic Gold Medals are actually made mostly of all silver. Then there is small thin coating of about 6…