Original title: Is there any event in the history of the Olympic Games that has been monopolized by a country and has never changed hands?
The modern Olympic Games began in 1896, and 31 Olympic Games have been held in 125 years of history. In the 31st Olympic Games, is there any event whose champion has been monopolized by a certain country from beginning to end and has never changed hands?
Tokyo Olympic medals
First, we must understand an objective fact. There were 30 major events and 224 small events in the 32nd Tokyo Olympic Games, while there were only 9 major events and 44 minor events in the 1st Athens Olympic Games in 1896. This means that most of the competitions were added after the first Olympic Games. Their history is long and short, and we will also include these added competitions when we select. However, the addition of competitions with too short history (less than 5 sessions) will be excluded because their history is too short and the difficulty of completing the monopoly is too low and not representative.
Olympic Women’s Table Tennis Championships: China
In 1988, table tennis appeared for the first time as an official event in the 24th Seoul Olympic Games. At that time, there were 4 sub-items of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles and women's doubles. From 1988 to 2016, it has experienced 8 Olympic Games. The Chinese Army has won 28 of the 32 gold medals in table tennis.
Among them, the Olympic table tennis women’s singles champion has always been monopolized by the Chinese Legion. Holding 8 gold, never changed hands.
In the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Chen Jing won the table tennis women’s singles championship;
In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Deng Yaping won the table tennis women’s singles championship;
In the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Deng Yaping won the women’s table tennis championship;
In the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Wang Nan won the women’s table tennis championship;
2004 Athens Olympics , Zhang Yining won the table tennis women’s singles championship;
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Zhang Yining won the table tennis women’s singles championship;
In the 2012 London Olympics, Li Xiaoxia won the table tennis Women’s singles champion;
In the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Ding Ning won the table tennis women’s singles champion.
Olympic women’s archery team champion: South Korea
Archery is an ancient activity that dates back to about 50,000 BC. Archery was included in the official competition in the first Olympic Games in 1896. The Olympic Games after 1920 cancelled this event because there was no uniform competition rule for archery.
Korean women’s archery team
In 1972, the International Olympic Committee re-listed archery in the official competition project. For a long time, the men's archery events of the Olympic Games have long been dominated by American players, and the women's events have long been dominated by South Korean players. The Chinese Army also has certain strength.
In the 1988 Seoul Olympics, women's team events were added to the archery event. The Korean women's archery team won a good start and won the first championship of the event. Since then, the awards of the women's archery team at the Olympic Games have been awardedOn the stage, the Korean women's archery team has always been in the middle and has won eight straight victories.
Olympic rhythmic gymnastics collective/individual all-around champion: (Former Soviet Union) Russia
Artistic gymnastics originated in Europe. At the end of the 19th century, various body movement exercises accompanied by music appeared. At the beginning of the 20th century, the rhythmic gymnastics created by Jacques Dalcroze, a teacher at the Geneva Conservatory of Music in Switzerland, combined physical exercises with music, and developed from the original bare hands to the use of light equipment. In 1962, it was determined as a competition event by the International Gymnastics Federation.
Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Team
The Olympic rhythmic gymnastics competition is divided into group events and individual events, group events Including: the same equipment, different equipment. Personal items include: rope, loop, ball, stick, belt.
Since the 1988 Olympic Games, rhythmic gymnastics has added two events, collective all-around and individual all-around. The former Soviet Union/Russian rhythmic gymnastics team has always monopolized the Olympic champions of these two events, and has been maintained to this day.
Olympic synchronized swimming duo/group champion: Russia
Synchronized swimming is an aquatic sports event that incorporates dance and music. It consists of swimming, skills, and dance. Arranged with music, it is known as "water ballet".
Russian synchronized swimming team
Synchronized swimming originated in Europe and was only used for two swimming competitions at first. On-site entertainment. In 1952, synchronized swimming was listed as a performance event by the Helsinki Olympics. In 1956, synchronized swimming was recognized by the International Amateur Swimming Federation.
In the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, synchronized swimming appeared on the Olympic stage as a competition event. In the 2000 Sydney Olympics, synchronized swimming was changed to a duo event and a collective event. The Russian synchronized swimming team monopolized the championship of these two events and has achieved five consecutive championships so far.
Why there are no Olympic events monopolized by a certain country for 50 years?
We can find that these are monopolized by a certain country so far, never The Olympic champions who have changed hands have a short period of time when they are included in the official Olympic events, with only eight consecutive championships at most.
Tokyo Olympic Games
And the 44 events initially set up at the 1st Athens Olympic Games in 1896, No one has been monopolized by a single country so far. After all, to achieve 31 consecutive championships in 125 years of Olympic history, it is really harder than reaching the sky! In the past 125 years, three countries have successfully achieved the ascent.
Don't say that it has been monopolized for 125 years, even if it has been monopolized for 50 years, there will be no competitions. The difficulty of monopolizing the Olympic champion for 50 years has been reduced too much, but why hasn't any country dominated it for 50 years?
One of the important reasons is the Cold War. In 1980, the former Soviet Union hosted the Moscow Olympics, and more than 60 countries including the United States boycotted the Olympics that year. In 1984, the United States hosted the Los Angeles Olympics, and 16 countries including the former Soviet Union boycotted the Olympics that year.
This makes the Olympic monopoly of the United States and the Soviet Union and other countries unable to re-elect. The quality of many gold medals in the Olympic Games is greatly compromised. Naturally, no country has monopolized the Olympic champion for 50 years.
Can the Tokyo Olympics continue to dominate the rankings?
At the Tokyo Olympics, table tennis women’s singles championship, women’s archery team championship, rhythmic gymnastics collective all-around championship, rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around championship, synchronized swimming double championship, synchronized swimming team championship, which One item is the most difficult to maintain a monopoly position, which one is the most unshakable?
We will wait and see!