Anyone know if there is an international live feed that isn't region locked so that people in weird countries can watch?
Unrecognized countries that are Olympic Nations
These days, to qualify as a new Olympic Nation you have to be an "independent State recognised by the international community". The most obvious way to meet that is to be an official member or observer state in the United Nations (UN). However, there are three non-UN countries that also participate:
Which countries are new to the Olympics?
There are two new Olympic Nations that have been approved since the last games: Kosovo, the disputed breakaway state mentioned above, and South Sudan, which became independent and joined the UN in 2011. At the time of the 2008 and 2014 Olympics, South Sudan's sports world wasn't organized enough to even apply to join the IOC, but it finally got things together and was approved as an Olympic Nation in summer of 2015.
Although not an actual "nation", there will be one other new national-level team attending Rio 2016: the Refugee Olympic Team. This team was put together by the IOC in honor of the record-high number of people in the world who have been forced to leave their home countries to escape wars. Its 10 hand-selected athletes, all of whom are refugees themselves, will have their own place in the Parade of Nations at the opening ceremony.
Which countries aren't included in the Olympics?
Despite the inclusive and worldwide mission of the Olympic Games, not all applicant countries have been allowed in. In fact, one UN-recognized country still hasn't joined: UN observer Vatican City, the independent Catholic Church headquarters in Rome, has never applied.
- Somaliland (unrecognized country)
- Anguilla (UK territory)
- Montserrat (UK territory)
- Turks & Caicos (UK territory)
- Iraqi Kurdistan (autonomous region of Iraq)
- Macau (autonomous region of China)
- Abkhazia (partially recognized country)
- Catalonia (region of Spain)
- Gibraltar (UK territory)
- Northern Cyprus (partially recognized country)
- New Caledonia (territory of France)
- Niue (associated state of New Zealand)
- Norfolk Island (outlying island of Australia)
- Northern Mariana Islands (US territory)
- Tahiti (territory of France)
- Tokelau (territory of New Zealand)
- Wallis and Futuna (territory of France)
-- Seven dependent territories in Oceania are associate members of the Oceania National Olympic Committees. They're allowed to participate in some regionally-organized sporting events, but not in the Olympics.
At the 2004 Athens Olympics, de Lima unpredictably led late in the marathon, after making his break at about the 13-mile mark.
His personal-best time for 26.2 miles, set six years earlier, was nearly four minutes slower than that of the pre-race favorite and world-record holder, Kenyan Paul Tergat.
De Lima, one of seven boys in a farming family, would not pull off the mighty upset, though.
A defrocked Irish priest infamously grabbed de Lima with about four miles left, taking him into a crowd along the route for a few seconds before a 53-year-old Athens salesman hopped over a barrier to help pull the intruder off de Lima.
De Lima only lost seven seconds in the incident. But his lead had already been nearly cut in half in the previous two miles, from 45 seconds to 25, and he still had those four miles to go. This was the knell to his gold-medal hopes.
Italian Stefano Baldini passed de Lima seven minutes after the defrocked priest grabbed him, with two miles left. American Meb Keflezighi followed suit shortly after.
But de Lima held on for the bronze medal, memorably blowing kisses in the final stretch and breaking into an airplane motion with his arms while deliberately swerving back and forth.
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