JA Trivia Quiz

**Japanese American Summer Olympians Trivia Quiz Results!!**

Thanks to everyone who participated in our second Museum Store trivia quiz! The winner of the JAPANESE AMERICAN SPORTS PRIZE PACKAGE is ... JoAnn H. of Rosemead, CA! JoAnn will be receiving More Than a Game: Sport in the Japanese American Community, Top of Their Game (VHS), and a collectors' uncut sheet of the JA Sports Card Set (limited edition of 200).

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Brian Niiya's (curator of the More Than a Game exhibition and editor of Encyclopedia of Japanese American History: An A-to-Z Reference from 1868 to the Present) five questions about Japanese Americans in past Olympic Games.

1. In which two sports did Japanese American athletes win multiple Olympic medals in the 1940s and 1950s?

[a] gymnastics and swimming

[b] gymnastics and judo

[c] judo and weightlifting

[d] judo and swimming

[e] swimming and weightlifting

[answer: {e} swimming and weightlifting]

Harold Sakata won a silver medal in light-heavyweight weighlifting at the 1948 London Games. At the 1952 Helsinki Games, Yoshinobu Oyakawa won a gold medal in the 100m Men's Backstroke. Ford Konno won gold medals in the 1500m Men's Freestyle and 4 x 200m Men's Freestyle Relay. He also won a silver in the Men's 400m Freestyle. Evelyn Kawamoto won bronze medals in the 400m Women's Freestyle and as part of the 4 x 100m Women's Freestyle Relay. Thomas Kono won a gold medal in the Men's Lightweight Weightlifting competition. He later add another gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Games in the Light-Heavyweight division. Swimmer Ford Konno also returned to win a silver medal as part of the Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay.

2. Japanese American swimmer Ford Konno won one of his two gold medals in Helsinki (1952) in the 1500 meter freestyle. Both the silver (Shiro Hashizume) and bronze (Tetsuo Okamoto) were also won by Nikkei athletes. What countries did they represent?

[a] Brazil and Canada

[b] Brazil and Japan

[c] Canada and Peru

[d] Canada and Japan

[e] Japan and Peru

[answer: {b} Brazil and Japan]

Shiro Hashizume won the silver medal for Japan. Tetsuo Okamoto won the bronze for Brazil.

3. In 1998, Christie's auction house sold a hat worn by Japanese American Olympic silver medalist Harold Sakata (London, 1948) for £61,750 (about $103,000). What was the significance of the hat?

[a] He wore it throughout his playing career with the Tokyo Giants and during his induction ceremony into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

[b] It was an art piece made specially for him by Andy Warhol

[c] In an exhibition soon after the Olympics, he famously shot it off the head of his soon-to-be ex-wife

[d] He wore it while playing a famous villain in a classic 1960s action movie

[e] In his subsequent career as an auto racing mechanic, he had the hat autographed by every Grand Prix world champion since 1950

[answer: {d} He wore it while playing a famous villain in a classic 1960s action movie]

Harold Sakata played Odd Job in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger. His character killed his victims with a steel-rimmed razor-sharp bowler hat. He later adopted the bowler hat as his signature accessory.

4. Five time Olympian Peter Westbrook now runs academies to teach his sport to inner-city youth. What sport?

[a] equestrian/jumping

[b] fencing

[c] judo

[d] sailing

[e] swimming/diving

[answer: {b} fencing]

Born to a Japanese mother and an African-American father, raised in a single-parent household in the projects of Newark, N.J., Peter Westbrook has led an extraordinary life. At 22 years old, he was the team's youngest fencer when he made his first appearance at the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976. He would go on to win the bronze medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Men's Sabre, was a 13-time U.S. National Men's Sabre champion, a 6-time member of the U.S. Olympic team, and a 3-time gold medallist in the Pan American Games before retiring after the 1996 Atlanta Games. He is also founder and executive director of the Peter Westbrook Foundation where he teaches fencing to inner-city youths. The foundation emphasizes education as well as fencing and has helped several participants get scholarships at colleges and New York City private schools.

5. When Kristi Yamaguchi won her gold medal in figure skating in 1992, how many Japanese American women had won Olympic medals before her?

[a] 0

[b] 1

[c] 2

[d] 3

[e] 5

[answer: {b} 1]

Evelyn Kawamoto became the first Japanese American woman to win an Olympic medal at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. She received two bronze medals in swimming. The next to win an Olympic medal was Kristi Yamaguchi at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. Her gold medal in Women?s Figure Skating was the first gold won by a Japanese American woman. Liane Sato won a bronze medal in Women's volleyball at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain later the same year.

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