If there’s one event that affords Americans a chance to revel in both an overinflated sense of our importance in the world and a near-total ignorance of just about every other part of the globe, it’s the Olympics. And while the sight of the American flag and the sound of a canned rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will likely be fixtures at this year’s Beijing Games (we are sending nearly 600 athletes, second only to China), there are a lot of countries that are simply mathematically unlikely to bask in the glory of the medal podium.
So in honor of those lesser-represented nations, here’s a little game to test your knowledge of them. The flags here are of countries sending fewer than 50 athletes to this year’s Olympics. Answers are at the bottom (no cheating!)…
And the answers are:
D) Saudi Arabia