2016 Reading Olympics
Game overview: All players will be assigned teams at random. The Olympic sports that will be part of this game are listed below. Each sport is matched to a book category. Teams will work together to select countries to represent each sports category. Individual participants must then decide which categories to read and select an appropriate book to read that: a) fits the category and b) is set in or written by an author from the country their team as selected to represent that category. Points will be awarded for reading a book and posting a brief (1-3 sentence review) on this page. Number of points awarded will be determined based on number of medals that country wins in a given category.
Rules: Once a team has submitted their list of sponsored countries for each category, individual players may start working on which books to select for their reading. With the exception of one category, all reading will be done individually.
Individual players within each team may choose to read whichever categories they wish. There is no minimum or maximum number of books. However, teams will be awarded extra points for completing all categories.
More than one team member can read for each category but the team score will only reflect one completion of any given category. In other words, if a team picks U.S. for gymnastics and two members of that team read a book for that category, the team will only be awarded points once for that category but each individual member will have points added to their individual score.
There will be both team scores and individual scores. Prizes will be awarded on an individual basis although team placement will impact which individuals win prizes (see below).
Game ends September 30th, 2016 at midnight EST. All reviews must be posted prior to that date in order for a person or team to receive those points.
Gold medals = 4 points per medal
Silver medals = 3 points per medal
Bronze medals = 2 points per medal
-No medals = 1 point total
-Team bonus for completion of all categories = 20 points (awarded to team score and each individual’s score from that team)
-Extra points will be awarded for certain team challenges.
1. Grand prize to the person on the winning team with the highest number of points & $5 amazon gift card to each of the remaining members of the winning team.
2. Consolation prize to the person on second place team with the highest number of points
3. Third place prize for best overall individual performance across all teams.
4. Takes one for the team prize. Each team will be able to nominate one player from their team who “took one for the team.” This means a team member who volunteered to read a category no one else wanted to read (let’s face it some categories are tough) or someone who helped the team complete all categories.
NOTE: Only one prize per person so if one person wins more than 1 prize, a runner up will be selected to get the second prize.
Sports & Book Categories: Medal count will be added in parenthesis when available
1. Archery (EVENTS COMPLETED): A detective or mystery book
Competing countries: South Korea (4 gold; 1 bronze)
Teams should have picked: South Korea
2. Boxing (I am still tallying): A political or politically-themed book
Competing countries: Cuba (3 gold, 3 bronze); Ukraine (0)
3. Beach Volleyball (events completed): Beach read
Competing countries: Brazil (1 gold, 1 silver)
4. Diving (Events completed): A microhistory (e.g. going into depth with a topic)
Competing countries: Hungary (0); China (7 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze); Canada (2 bronze)
Teams should have picked: China
5. Equestrian (EVENTS COMPLETED): a book about or featuring animals
Competing countries: Great Britain (2 gold; 1 silver); Sweden (1 silvers); Netherlands (0)
Teams should have picked: Germany (2 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze)
6. Fencing (EVENTS COMPLETED): A book set in medieval times
Competing countries: Italy (1 gold & 3 silver)
Teams should have picked: Russia (4 golds, 1 silver, 2 bronze) = 21
7. Football (soccer for the Americans): at least two team members must read the same book. Points will be multiplied by number of team members reading the book.
Competing countries: Argentina (0); Mexico (0); Germany (1 gold, 1 silver)
Teams should have picked: Germany
8. Artistic Gymnastics (EVENTS COMPLETED: a young adult book
Competing countries: Russia (1 gold; 4 silver, 3 bronze); Japan (2 gold, 1 bronze); USA (4 gold, 6 silver, 2 bronze)
Teams should have picked: US (4 gold, 6 silver, 2 bronze)
9. Rugby sevens (EVENTS COMPLETED): a debut novel
Competing countries: South Africa (1 bronze); New Zealand (1 silver); Fiji (1 gold)
Teams should have picked: Fiji or Australia
10. Rowing (EVENTS COMPLETED): a steampunk book
Competing countries: Great Britain (3 gold; 2 silver); New Zealand (2 gold; 1 silver); Romania (1 bronze)
Teams should have picked: Great Britain
11. Sailing (EVENTS COMPLETED): an adventure book
Competing countries: Australia (1 gold, 3 silver); Great Britain (2 gold, 1 silver); Netherlands (2 gold)
12. Shooting (EVENTS COMPLETED): a book about war or set during war period
Competing countries: Croatia (1 gold); China (1 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze); Ukraine (1 silver)
13. Swimming: a book where main character or group of characters is on a quest/venture
Competing Countries: USA (16 gold, 8 silver, 9 bronze); Australia (3 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze)
14. Synchronized swimming (EVENTS COMPLETED): a parody or satire
Competing countries: Spain (0); Canada (0); Russia (2 gold); Japan (2 bronze)
Teams should have picked: Russia
15. Tennis singles (EVENTS COMPLETED): legal or court-themed book
Competing countries: Belarus (0); Switzerland (0); Serbia (0); Czech Republic (1 bronze)
Teams should have picked: Puerto Rico or Great Britain (1 gold each).
16. Tennis doubles (EVENTS COMPLETED): a romance
Competing countries: Czech Republic (2 bronze); South Africa (0); France (0)
Teams should have picked: US (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
17. Track & Field (EVENTS COMPLETED): Classic mythology or folklore book.
Competing countries: Kenya (6 gold, 6 silvers, 1 bronze); Jamaica (6 gold; 3 silver, 2 bronze); US (13 gold; 10 silver; 9 bronze); Finland (0)
Teams should have picked: US
18. Triathlon (EVENTS COMPLETED): a book broken into parts, sections, or volumes
Competing countries: Bermuda (0); Switzerland (1 silver); Spain (0)
Teams should have picked: Great Britain (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
19. Weightlifting:(EVENTS COMPLETED): a book over 600 pages
Competing countries: North Korea (1 gold, 3 silver); Kazakstan (1 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze); Iran (2 gold); Egypt (2 bronze); Georgia (1 gold; 1 bronze)
20. Cycling (EVENTS COMPLETED) (road, BMX, mountain bike, track): a book about a road trip, journey, or pilgrimage
Competing countries: Spain (1 bronze); Germany (1, gold 1 bronze); Great Britain (6 gold; 4 silver; 2 bronze)
21. Wrestling (EVENTS COMPLETED): a philosophy or philosophical book
Competing countries: Japan (4 gold, 3 silver); Russia (4 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze); Mongolia (x); Cuba (2 gold, 1 silver); Kazakstan (1 silver, 2 bronze)
22. Modern Pentathlon (EVENTS COMPLETED): an anthology
Competing countries: France (1 silver); Hungary (0); Czech Republic (0)
23. Badminton (EVENTS COMPLETED): space travel or science fiction book
Competing countries: Indonesia (1 gold); Japan (1 gold, 1 bronze); Denmark (1 silver, 1 bronze)
24. Rhythmic gymnastics (EVENTS COMPLETED): a book of poetry
Competing countries: Ukraine (1 bronze); Belarus (0); Spain (1 silver)
Teams should have picked: Russia (2 golds, 1 silver)
Team 1: The Rio Readers
1. kings of the road trip
3. Nicole M
4. Rachel N
5. Tanya D
Team 2: Pheidippides Pages
Team 3: Sporting Chance
2. Jennifer P
3. Susie A
4. Andrea J
5. Natalie T
Team 4: Citius, Altius, Fortius
1. Sally S
2. Tracy S
3. Kate V
Team 5: No.5 is Alive!
1. Jan H.
2. Anna S
3. Renee W