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1998 Winter Olympics
The 1998 Winter Olympics, officially the XVIII Olympic Winter Games (French: Les XVIIIes Jeux olympiques d'hiver)[2] (Japanese: 第十八回オリンピック冬季競技大会, Dai Jūhachi-kai Orinpikku Tōkikyōgi Taikai), and commonly known as Nagano 1998, was a winter multi-sport event celebrated from 7 to 22 February 1998 in Nagano, Japan. 72 nations and 2,176 participants contested in 7 sports and 68 events at 15 venues. The Games saw the introduction of women's ice hockey, curling and snowboarding. National Hockey League
National Hockey League
players were allowed to participate in the men's ice hockey. The host was selected on June 15, 1991, over Salt Lake City, Östersund, Jaca
Jaca
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The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola
Company, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, but incorporated in Wilmington, Delaware,[2] is an American multinational beverage corporation, and manufacturer, retailer, and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups.[3] The company is best known for its flagship product Coca-Cola, invented in 1886 by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia.[4] The Coca-Cola formula and brand were bought in 1889 by Asa Griggs Candler
Asa Griggs Candler
(December 30, 1851 – March 12, 1929), who incorporated The Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola
Company in 1892. The company has operated a franchised distribution system since 1889, wherein The Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola
Company only produces syrup concentrate, which is then sold to various bottlers throughout the world who hold exclusive territories
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Multi-sport Event
A multi-sport event is an organized sporting event, often held over multiple days, featuring competition in many different sports among organized teams of athletes from (mostly) nation-states. The first major, modern, multi-sport event of international significance is the modern Olympic Games. Many regional multi-sport events have since been founded on and modeled after the Olympics. Most have the same basic structure. Games are held over the course of several days in and around a "host city", which changes for each competition. Countries send national teams to each competition, consisting of individual athletes and teams that compete in a wide variety of sports. Athletes or teams are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals for first, second and third place respectively
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Italy
Coordinates: 43°N 12°E / 43°N 12°E / 43; 12Italian Republic Repubblica Italiana  (Italian)FlagEmblemAnthem: Il Canto degli Italiani  (Italian) "The Song of the Italians"Location of  Italy  (dark green) – in Europe  (light green & dark grey) – in the European Union  (light green)  –  [Legend]Capital and largest city Rome 41°54′N 12°29′E / 41.900°N 12.483°E / 41.900; 12.483Official languages ItalianaNative languages see full listReligion83.3% Christians 12.4% irreligious 3.7% Muslims 0.2% Buddhists 0.1% Hindus 0.3% other religions[1]Demonym ItalianGovernment Unitary constitutional parliamentary republic• PresidentSergio Mattarella• Prime MinisterPaolo Gentiloni• President of the SenateElisabetta Casellati•&
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Spain
Coordinates: 40°N 4°W / 40°N 4°W / 40; -4Kingdom of SpainReino de España  (Spanish) 4 other official names[a][b] Catalan:Regne d'EspanyaBasque:Espainiako ErresumaGalician:Reino de EspañaOccitan:Reiaume d'Espanha Flag Coat of arms Motto: "Plus ultra" (Latin) "Further Beyond"Anthem: "Marcha Real" (Spanish)[2] "Royal March" Show globeShow map of EuropeLocation of .mw-parser-output .nobold font-weight:normal Spain (dark green)– in Europe (green & dark grey)– in the European Union (green)Capitaland largest cityMadrid40°26′N 3°42′W / 40.433°N 3.700°W / 40.433; -3.700Official language and national languageSpanish[c]Ethnic groups (2019)[4]89.67% Spaniards10.33% othersReligion (2019)[5]67.0% Catholicism27.2% No religion3.1% Other religionsDemonym(s)S
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Sweden
Coordinates: 63°N 16°E / 63°N 16°E / 63; 16Kingdom of SwedenKonungariket Sverige  (Swedish) Flag Coat of arms Motto: (royal) "För Sverige – i tiden"[a]"For Sweden – With the Times"[1]Anthem: Du gamla, Du fria[b]Thou ancient, thou free Royal anthem: KungssångenSong of the KingShow globeShow map of EuropeLocation of Sweden (dark green)– in Europe (green & dark grey)– in the European Union (green)  –  [Legend]Capitaland largest cityStockholm59°21′N 18°4′E / 59.350°N 18.067°E / 59.350; 18.067Official languagesSwedish[c] Official minority languages:[c]FinnishMeänkieliSamiRomaniYiddishEthnic groups No official statistics[d]Demonym(s)SwedishSwedeGovernmentUnitary parliamentaryconstitutional monarchy• Monarch Carl XVI Gustaf• 
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United States
Coordinates: 40°N 100°W / 40°N 100°W / 40; -100 United States
United States
of America Flag Coat of arms Motto: "In God
God
We Trust"[1][a] .mw-parser-outpu
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Birmingham
Birmingham
Birmingham
(/ˈbɜːrmɪŋəm/ ( listen),[3] locally /ˈbɜːmɪŋ(ɡ)əm/ or /ˈbɜːmɪnəm/) is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England, standing on the River Rea
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Juan Antonio Samaranch
Juan Antonio Samaranch
Juan Antonio Samaranch
y Torelló, 1st Marquess of Samaranch (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈʒwan antɔˈnjɔ samaˈɾaŋk]; 17 July 1920 – 21 April 2010) was a Spanish sports administrator and minister of sports under the Franco regime
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Aosta
Aosta
Aosta
(Italian: [aˈɔsta] ( listen); French: Aoste [ɔst];[2][3] Arpitan: Aoûta; Latin: Augústa Prætṓrĭa Salassṓrum) is the principal city of Aosta
Aosta
Valley, a bilingual region in the Italian Alps, 110 km (68 mi) north-northwest of Turin. It is situated near the Italian entrance of the Mont Blanc Tunnel, at the confluence of the Buthier
Buthier
and the Dora Baltea, and at the junction of the Great and Little St. Bernard routes. Aosta
Aosta
is not the capital of the province, because Aosta Valley
Aosta Valley
is the only Italian region not divided into provinces
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National Hockey League
The National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL; French: Ligue nationale de hockey—LNH) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world,[3] and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada
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Japanese Olympic Committee
The Japanese Olympic Committee
Japanese Olympic Committee
(JOC, Japanese: 日本オリンピック委員会, Romaji: Nippon Orinpikku Iinkai) is the National Olympic Committee
National Olympic Committee
in Japan
Japan
for the Olympic Games movement, based in Tokyo, Japan. It is a non-profit organisation that selects teams and raises funds to send Japanese competitors to Olympic events organised by the International Olympic Committee
International Olympic Committee
(IOC). The Japanese Olympic Committee
Japanese Olympic Committee
has helped organise every bid for an Olympic Games
Olympic Games
by a Japanese city to date
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Emperor Of Japan
The Emperor
Emperor
of Japan
Japan
is the head of the Imperial Family and the traditional head of state of Japan. Under the 1947 constitution, he is defined as "the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people." Historically, he was also the highest authority of the Shinto religion. In Japanese, the Emperor
Emperor
is called Tennō (天皇), which translates to "heavenly sovereign". In English, the use of the term Mikado (帝 or 御門) for the Emperor
Emperor
was once common, but is now considered obsolete.[1] Currently, the Emperor
Emperor
of Japan
Japan
is the only head of state in the world with the English title of "Emperor"
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Akihito
HIH The Princess MikasaHIH Princess Tomohito of MikasaHIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa HIH Princess Yōko of MikasaHIH The Princess TakamadoHIH Princess Tsuguko of Takamado HIH Princess Ayako of Takamadov t e Akihito
Akihito
(明仁, Japanese: [akiçito];  English pronunciation (help·info); born 23 December 1933) is the current Emperor of Japan
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Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
(often shortened to Salt Lake and abbreviated as SLC) is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Utah. With an estimated population of 190,884 in 2014,[6] the city is the core of the Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
metropolitan area, which has a population of 1,153,340 (2014 estimate)
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Japan
Japan
Japan
(Japanese: 日本, Nippon [ɲippoꜜɴ] (listen) or Nihon [ɲihoꜜɴ] (listen); formally 日本国, Nippon-koku or Nihon-koku, lit. 'State of Japan') is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent
Asian continent
and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk
Sea of Okhotsk
in the north to the East China Sea
East China Sea
and the Philippine Sea
Philippine Sea
in the south. The kanji that make up Japan's name mean 'sun origin', and it is often called the "Land of the Rising Sun". Japan
Japan
is the world's 4th largest island country and encompasses about 6,852 islands
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