’s Olympic Trivia Stash: A Pop Culture Junkie’s Dream

It’s a crazy Olympics-centric conversation crib sheet. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)


( With the 2012 London Olympics in full swing, we thought we’d highlight some interesting factoids about the Games and anything related to it. In other words, even if you aren’t really into the Olympics, you can use this as a conversation crib sheet when everyone is talking about the biggest sports festival on Earth. You could even upgrade your Facebook status musings with these random "They won’t do anything to change the world" gems. Hey, we’re pop culture junkies and we live for these things.

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Meet Wenlock and Mandeville and, no, they are not aliens.

Maddening mascots. According to the caption of the photo featured in a slideshow on Yahoo! Philippines SHE, the mascots for the 2012 London Olympics are named Wenlock (with the "W" on its head) and Mandeville (with the "M" on its head, of course). If you find yourself asking what the heck they are the first time you see them, you’re not alone. Apparently, they’re supposed to depict "two drops of steel from a steelworks in Bolton." Wenlock is "named after the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, which held a forerunner of the current Olympic Games." Mandeville is named after "Stoke Mandeville Hospital, a facility in Buckinghamshire that initially organized the Stoke Mandeville Games, the precursor of the Paralympic Games." The mascots even have their own website. (Sorry, though, Wenlock and Mandeville, our hearts already belong to Susy and Geno even if we haven’t chugged Sustagen in years.)





This is how Olympic medals are made.

Pinoy medal count. They say it’s not if you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. But most people are medal-oriented. For the record, we have nine medals (seven bronzes and two silvers) from the official Olympic sports line-up and four more medals (two golds and two bronzes) from demonstration sports such as bowling, taekwondo, and wushu. Let’s face it-13 medals is already a stellar achievement considering our athletes don’t exactly live like state-subsidized kings and queens. (To get to know the Pinoy Olympic medalists, read "The Pinoy Olympian Hall of Fame.")



Onyok Velasco may have won a medal for using his fists, but he seems sweet enough.

Most recent official sport medalist + his kuya. When it comes to official Olympic sports, our last medal was from boxer Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco, Jr., who won a silver in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. As it turns out, Onyok’s elder brother and fellow boxer Roel had snagged a bronze in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Yeah, Olympic medals were probably as common as glass coasters in their household.




Willy Wang, wushu wizard.

Most recent demo sport medalist. Willy Wang won a gold for wushu in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He had stayed in China for a year to train. He retired in 2009. Just as well. If he were around for the London Olympics, he would probably have been bombarded with questions like, "Whose side are you on when it comes to the China-Philippines territorial dispute?" Plus, there’s the fact that if you say his last name twice, P-Noy would go into a tizzy.



It isn’t just a videoke favorite after all.

Whitney Houston, FTW! The late pop diva’s "One Moment in Time" was the theme song of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. It’s probably the most popular Olympic theme song. At the peak of its popularity, every Juan, Maria, and Pedro belted it out on the karaoke.



Full Time Moms host Christine Jacob has Olympic memories.

Teenage dream. These days, Christine Jacob is more popular as a TV host. But when she was just 17, she was a swimmer hoping to win a medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. So, yes, that whole "After 6 Diet" thing that she popularized among Pinoys was probably no sweat for her.


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