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    Miss North Carolina Teen USA

    Miss North Carolina Teen USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008
    The Miss North Carolina Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of North Carolina in the Miss Teen USA pageant and is part of the RPM Productions group. North Carolina has been moderately successful at Miss Teen USA, but has never won the title. Their best placement was in 1987 when Peggy Blackwell placed first runner-up to Kristi Addis of Mississippi. North Carolina's greatest success came from the mid-1980s to early 1990s. Their most recent placement came in 2012, when Kat Puryear made the top 16. Two Miss North Carolina Teen USA's has crossed over to win the Miss North Carolina USA title. The first was Chelsea Cooley, who went on to win the Miss USA title and place in the top 10 at Miss Universe. The other was Erin O' Kelley, Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2001 who made the top 15 at Miss USA 2007. Their placements at Miss USA were better than their teen placements. Kristen Dalton, who came in first-runner up at the 2005 Miss North Carolina Teen USA pageant to Nikkie Groat, went on to win Miss North Carolina USA in 2009, and won the title of Miss USA 2009. She represented the United States at the Miss Universe pageant in August 2009. Her
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    Miss USA

    Miss USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss USA 1993
    The Miss USA beauty contest has been held annually since 1952 to select the United States entrant in the Miss Universe pageant. The Miss Universe Organization operates both pageants, as well as Miss Teen USA. The pageant is broadcast on NBC and (starting 2013) on Xbox Live. The current Miss USA is Olivia Culpo from Rhode Island, who won the title on June 3, 2012. The Miss USA pageant was conceived in 1950 when Yolande Betbeze, winner of the rival Miss America pageant, refused to pose for publicity pictures while wearing a swimsuit. Pageant sponsor Catalina decided to pull their sponsorship off the pageant, and create their own competition. Other owners have included a subsidiary of Gulf+Western Industries, ITT Corporation, and billionaire Donald Trump, the current owner who bought the pageant in 1996. The first Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants were held concurrently in Long Beach, California in 1952; the first Miss USA winner was Miss New York USA Jackie Loughery. There were thirty delegates in the first year of competition, and many states did not compete every year during the first two decades of the pageant's history. From the 1970s, each state and the District of Columbia
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    Women's World Chess Championship

    Women's World Chess Championship

    The Women's World Chess Championship is played to determine the women's world champion in chess. Like the World Chess Championship, it is administered by FIDE. Unlike most sports, women are able to compete against men in chess, and so some women do not compete for the women's title. Notably, the world's top rated female player for the past 20 years, Judit Polgár (and by far the highest FIDE-rated woman in chess history), has never competed for the women's title. The Women's World Championship was established by FIDE in 1927 as a single tournament held alongside the Chess Olympiad. The winner of that tournament, Vera Menchik, did not have any special rights as the men's champion did — instead she had to defend her title by playing as many games as all the challengers. She did this successfully in every other championship in her lifetime (1930, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937 and 1939). Menchik died, still champion, in 1944 in a German air raid on Kent. The next championship was another round-robin tournament in 1949–50 and was won by Lyudmila Rudenko. Thereafter a system similar to that of the men's championship was established, with a cycle of Candidates events (and later Interzonals) to
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    International Mathematical Olympiad

    International Mathematical Olympiad

    The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is an annual six-problem, 42-point mathematical olympiad for pre-collegiate students and is the oldest of the International Science Olympiads. The first IMO was held in Romania in 1959. It has since been held annually, except in 1980. About 100 countries send teams of up to six students, plus one team leader, one deputy leader, and observers. Ever since its inception in 1959, the olympiad has developed a rich legacy and has established itself as the pinnacle of mathematical competition among high school students. The content ranges from extremely difficult precalculus problems to problems on branches of mathematics not conventionally covered at school and often not at university level either, such as projective and complex geometry, functional equations and well-grounded number theory, of which extensive knowledge of theorems is required. Calculus, though allowed in solutions, is never required, as there is a principle at play that anyone with a basic understanding of mathematics should understand the problems, even if the solutions require a great deal more knowledge. Supporters of this principle claim that this allows more
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    Eurovision Song Contest

    • Individual competitions: Eurovision Song Contest 1956
    The Eurovision Song Contest (French: Concours Eurovision de la Chanson) is an annual competition held among many of the active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally. Eurovision has also been broadcast outside Europe to such places as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela despite the fact that that they do not compete. Since 2000, the contest has also been broadcast over the Internet, with more than 74,000 people in almost 140 countries having watched the 2006 edition online. Artists whose
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    Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe

    Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe

    The Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe beauty pageant has been held annually since 1963 a year after its independence from the United Kingdom. The contest is meant to select a suitable delegate from both islands to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. The women usually range from ages 18 to 27, and are selected from a pageant held in Trinidad and Tobago, where the winner represents the country at Miss Universe. The country's representative in 1977, Janelle Commissiong became the first person of African ethnicity to win the Miss Universe contest which was hosted in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In May, 1999, the Miss Universe pageant was hosted at the Chaguaramas Convention Centre in Chaguaramas, Trinidad & Tobago. A record eighty-four nations were represented and winner that year was Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana. It was also the first time two women of African descent won on consecutive occasions, with the prior year winner being Wendy Fitzwilliam of Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad & Tobago did not send a delegate to Miss Universe in 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1992, 2007 and 2009. The finals will be on 21st October 2012 at the Trinidad Hilton.
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    Miss England

    Miss England

    • Individual competitions: Miss England 2006
    The Miss England competition is an annual beauty pageant targeted at young females aged 17–24 years living in England. Entrants must hold a British passport to enter. The contest, title owned by the Miss World organisation is organised each year by Angie Beasley, a winner of 25 beauty contests in the 1980s and has organised beauty pageants around the country on behalf of Miss World, including Miss United Kingdom, Mr UK, Miss England, Miss Scotland and Miss Wales. The contest often attracts celebrity judges at local and national finals. Many celebrities have also judged the regional heats for the competition around the country including top glamour model Jordan, who joined the judging panel for Miss Sussex. The Miss England competition is promoted to thousands of women around England in local media by a series of area heats held around the country. News of the World & "Take a Break" magazine have previously sponsored contestants over the years, writing features on contestants and used the winners on the front covers. Various newspapers, including the Daily Mirror, The Times, The Daily Mail and various magazines including Teen Vogue in New York and Hello! have carried stories on
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    America's Next Top Model

    America's Next Top Model

    • Individual competitions: America's Next Top Model, Cycle 1
    America's Next Top Model, often abbreviated as ANTM or Top Model, is a reality television series in which a number of women compete for the title of America's Next Top Model and a chance to start their career in the modeling industry. It was created by talk-show host and model Tyra Banks, who also serves as the host, head judge, and executive producer. She co-produces the show with Ken Mok and Anthony Dominici. Banks also performs the opening theme, which is produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. The first "cycle" premiered on May 20, 2003 on UPN and became one of the network's highest-rated shows. The series moved to UPN's succeeding network, The CW, for the seventh cycle, and is currently the network's highest rated series. Advertisers pay $61,315 per 30-second slot during the 2011–12 television season, the highest of any series on The CW. On October 16, 2012, The CW renewed the show for a 20th season, which will premiere in summer 2013 and will feature female and male contestants for the first time. The show is now in a HDTV format. Each season of America's Next Top Model has from 9–13 episodes and starts with 10–14 contestants. Each episode, one contestant is eliminated,
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    6 votes
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    Miss Missouri USA

    Miss Missouri USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Missouri USA 2001
    The Miss Missouri USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Missouri in the Miss USA pageant. In 1993, Missouri joined the Vanbros group of state pageants for the Miss USA and Teen USA system. Missouri has had only one Miss USA, Shandi Finnessey, who placed as 1st Runner-up to Jennifer Hawkins of Australia in the Miss Universe 2004 pageant. Three Miss Missouri USAs have competed at Miss America, including Finnessey who is one of only two Miss USA winners since 1980 to win the Miss USA title. Six former Miss Teen USA delegates have also won the title, equalling Indiana and Virginia for the most crossovers, although both Indiana and Missouri have had titleholders who competed in a different state at Miss Teen USA. Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    French Open

    The French Open, often referred to as Roland Garros (French: Les internationaux de France de Roland-Garros or Tournoi de Roland-Garros, IPA: [ʁɔlɑ̃ ɡaʁɔs]), named after the famous French aviator Roland Garros, is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June in Paris, France, at the Stade Roland Garros. It is the premier clay court tennis tournament in the world and the second of the four annual Grand Slam tournaments – the other three are the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon. Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam held on clay and ends the spring clay court season. It is one of the largest events in tennis. Because of the slow playing surface and the five-set men's singles matches without a tiebreak in the final set, the event is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world. Officially named in French Les internationaux de France de Roland-Garros or Tournoi de Roland-Garros (the "French Internationals of Roland Garros" or "Roland Garros Tournament" in English), the tournament is often referred to in English as the "French Open" and alternatively as "Roland Garros", which is the designation used by the
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    Miss Chinatown USA

    Miss Chinatown USA

    The Miss Chinatown USA pageant, based on Chinese communities within the U.S., greets delegates around the country. The pageant has been an annual Lunar New Year event since 1958. The winners of this pageant represent the Chinese community and act as ambassadors promoting Chinese culture and heritage.
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    Robots Live

    Robots Live

    Robots Live is a robot combat touring show. The first show was held in Whitwick, Leicestershire at the Hermitage leisure centre, on 10 & 11 Feb 2007. The arena was designed to cope with the conditions of touring and the rigours of robotic combat. The stage is constructed from 24 separate floor panels with 2 layers of wood. The arena walls are built from steel box section and 5 mm steel plate to contain the most powerful robots. The rig and stage are modular to allow a variety of size combinations. The stage is surrounded by 6 mm Polycarbonate sheeting, allowing clear vision into the arena while sheltering the audience from flying debris. This is supported by a 10x12 metre self-climbing truss capable of 4 metres in height. The truss supports the polycarbonate screening, roof and lighting.
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    Miss Oregon Teen USA

    Miss Oregon Teen USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Oregon Teen USA 1994
    The Miss Oregon Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Oregon in the Miss Teen USA pageant. Until Tennessee's victory in 2009, Oregon was the only state to win more than one Miss Teen USA title - they have produced three winners. The first two came within two years of each other, when Mindy Duncan won in 1988 and Bridgette Wilson won in 1990. Wilson went on to become a successful actress and was awarded a special "Distinguished Achievement Award" in 1998. The third came over a decade later, when Tami Farrell won the crown in 2003. Oregon has received two other placements in Miss Teen USA history: 3rd runner up in 1984 and semi-finalist in 1993. They have also won two Miss Congeniality awards, in 2001 and 2003. Only two Miss Oregon Teen USAs have won the Miss Oregon USA title and competed at Miss USA. Tami Farrell placed first runner-up at and later assumed the Miss California USA 2009 title after the dethronement of Carrie Prejean but did not compete at Miss USA. Heather and Jenna Jones, Miss Oregon Teen USA titleholders for 1996 and 2005 respectively, are sisters. Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant
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    Miss Exotic World Pageant

    Miss Exotic World Pageant

    The Miss Exotic World Pageant (officially, the Miss Exotic World Pageant and Striptease Reunion) is an annual neo-burlesque pageant and convention, and is the annual showcase event (and fundraiser for) the Burlesque Hall of Fame (formerly the Exotic World burlesque museum). The pageant, sometimes referred to as the "Miss America of Burlesque," attracts former burlesque queens from past decades, as well as current participants of the neo-burlesque scene. The pageant consists of burlesque performances spanning a weekend, culminating with the competition to crown a single performer as Miss Exotic World. Because of the significance of the Exotic World Burlesque Museum to the burlesque community, winning the pageant is considered a top honor for a burlesque performer. From 1990 to 2005, the pageant took place at the Exotic World Museum's grounds in Helendale, California. Exotic World Museum curator Dixie Evans initiated the Miss Exotic World pageant in 1990 as a way to draw people to the museum. She garnered attention by sending out a press release claiming that "Lili St. Cyr, Tempest Storm, Blaze Starr and 30 other alumni of burlesque will all be invited to attend this reunion." While
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    Miss PMR

    Miss PMR

    Miss PMR is an annual beauty pageant held in Tiraspol, the capital of Pridnestrovie, better known as Transnistria, a small, self-proclaimed nation in Eastern Europe. The MC (Master of Ceremonies) is Aleksandr Ivanovich Korolyov. The name of the pageant comes from the initials of the official name for the country, Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublica (Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic).
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    Miss Dominion of Canada

    Miss Dominion of Canada

    Miss Dominion of Canada was a beauty pageant held in Niagara Falls for many years, primarily at the Sheraton Brock Hotel, on July 1, Canada's Dominion Day (now known as "Canada Day"), beginning in 1959. The winner of this pageant represented Canada at four of the world's largest international beauty pageants, Miss Universe (until 1977), Miss World (1962–1979), Miss International, and Queen of the Pacific. The Miss Dominion of Canada pageant originated when the Bruno family of Ancaster, Ontario obtained franchise rights to select and send Canada's exclusive representatives to these international pageants. As many as 40 contestants selected via local pageants across many provinces of Canada competed in the annual Niagara Falls competition. Throughout the 1970s, there were generally between twelve and twenty contestants competing at the final judging. Most contestants progressed through as many as five consecutive preliminary local and regional pageants, somewhat similar to a golfer winning progressively more competitive golf tournaments, victorious in each one until finally winning the highest level competition. The Miss Dominion pageant required the finalists to participate in
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    Miss District of Columbia

    Miss District of Columbia

    The Miss District of Columbia competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the District of Columbia in the Miss America pageant. The District has twice won the title of Miss America. The District of Columbia pageant, which was suspended for some years during the 1990s, is unusual in that many winners come from outside the district. Women are eligible to compete for the title if they attend school, work or are ordinarily resident in the District, and many students who have won the title come from out-of-state.
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    World Wheelchair and Amputee Games

    The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) World Games (or IWAS World Games) are a multi-sport competition for athletes with a disability, which under the former name of the International Stoke Mandeville Games were the forerunner of the Paralympic Games. The competition has been formerly known as the World Wheelchair and Amputee Games, the Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Games, the Stoke Mandeville Games, the World Wheelchair Games, and in the 1960s and 1970s was often referred to as the Wheelchair Olympics. The Games were originally held in 1948 by neurologist Sir Ludwig Guttmann, who organized a sporting competition involving World War II veterans with spinal cord injuries at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital rehabilitation facility in Stoke Mandeville, England, taking place concurrently with the first post-war Summer Olympics in London. In 1952, the Netherlands joined in the event, creating the first international sports competition for the disabled. In 1960, the Ninth Stoke Mandeville Games were held in Rome, Italy, following that year's Olympic Games. These are considered to be the first Paralympic Games. The 2012 Paralympic mascot Mandeville is named after Stoke
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    5 votes
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    Miss Russia

    Miss Russia

    • Individual competitions: Miss Russia 2009
    Miss Russia is the annual national beauty pageant of Russia, responsible for selecting representatives to Miss Universe and Miss World. The pageant has been running since 1992, however there was no Miss Russia 1994, 2000 or 2008. Since 2007, the winner of Miss Russia represents her country in both Miss Universe and Miss World. However, if she's unable to participate, a runner-up is sent instead. Russia has won three major international titles: Miss World 1992, Miss Universe 2002, who was later dethroned, and Miss World 2008.
    6.67
    6 votes
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    Miss World

    Miss World

    • Individual competitions: Miss World 1988
    The Miss World pageant is the oldest surviving major international beauty pageant. It was created in the United Kingdom by Eric Morley in 1951. Since his death in 2000, Morley's wife, Julia Morley, co-chairs the pageant. Alongside its rival Miss Universe and Miss Earth, this pageant is one of the most publicised beauty contests in the world. The winner spends a year travelling to represent the Miss World Organization and its various causes. The current Miss World is Yu Wenxia of China. Traditionally, Miss World lives in London during her reign. Miss World started as the Festival Bikini Contest, in honour of the recently introduced swimwear of the time, but was called "Miss World" by the media. It was originally planned as a one-off event. Upon learning about the upcoming Miss Universe pageant, Morley decided to make the pageant an annual event. Opposition to the wearing of bikinis led to their replacement with more modest swimwear after the first contest. In 1959, the BBC started broadcasting the competition. The pageant's popularity grew with the advent of television. During the 1960s and 1970s, Miss World would be among the most watched programmes of the year on British
    6.67
    6 votes
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    Miss Earth Mexico

    Miss Earth Mexico

    Miss Earth México is an annual beauty pageant in Mexico. The winner of Miss Earth Mexico obtains the right to represent the country in the Miss Earth pageant, the third most important beauty festival in the world, where the goal is to promote environmental protection. Miss Earth México, based in Mérida, Yucatán, is organized by its national director Paul Marsell. The pageant was established in order to elect Mexico's representative in the annual Miss Earth pageant and to promote environmental awareness and protection . Miss Earth Mexico was founded in 2002, but the first national contest was not held until 2007. Titleholders prior to 2007 were chosen by the organizers in a private selection process. Mexico was first represented in Miss Earth 2002 by Libna Viruega Roldán from Distrito Federal, who was the first titleholder of Miss Earth Mexico. In 2008, Abigail Elizalde Romo, Miss Earth Mexico 2008, advanced in the semifinal and final round for the first time for Mexico at the Miss Earth pageant and eventually won the Miss Water, one of the elemental crowns, in the Miss Earth 2008. Below are the names of the annual titleholders of Miss Earth Mexico, listed in ascending order and
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    4 votes
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    Paralympic Games

    Paralympic Games

    The Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport event, involving athletes with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities, including mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy. There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, are held immediately following the respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The Paralympics have grown from a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948 to become one of the largest international sporting events by the early 21st century. Paralympians strive for equal treatment with non-disabled Olympic athletes, but there is a large funding gap between Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The Paralympic Games are organized in parallel with the Olympic Games, while the IOC-recognized Special Olympics World Games include athletes with intellectual disabilities, and the Deaflympics include deaf athletes. The present formal explanation for the name "Paralympic" is that it derives from the Greek preposition παρά, pará ("beside" or "alongside") and thus refers to a competition held in parallel
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    4 votes
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    Miss Georgia USA

    Miss Georgia USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Georgia USA 2001
    The Miss Georgia USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Georgia in the Miss USA pageant. Historically, Georgia has been the eleventh most successful state at Miss USA and has performed in more recent years, placing eighth on the table of most successful states since 2000 . Georgia is within the top fifteen states in terms of most semifinalist (or better) placings (20) and is one of only seven states to have won more than one Miss Photogenic award. Despite having a large number of runners-up, no Miss Georgia USA has won the national title. Four former Miss Georgia Teen USAs went on to win this competition, but only two titleholders has previously competed at Miss America. One represented Connecticut. The pageant is directed by Miss Tennessee USA 1989: Kim Greenwood. Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    6 votes
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    Miss North Dakota

    Miss North Dakota

    • Individual competitions: Miss North Dakota 2006
    The Miss North Dakota competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of North Dakota in the Miss America pageant.
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    6 votes
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    Miss Hawaii

    Miss Hawaii

    • Individual competitions: Miss Hawaii 2000
    The Miss Hawaii competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Hawaii in the Miss America pageant. Hawaii has twice won the Miss America title.
    8.50
    4 votes
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    Australian Idol

    • Individual competitions: Australian Idol - Season 1
    Australian Idol was an Australian singing competition, which began its first season on July 2003 and ended its run in November 2009. As part of the Idol franchise, Australian Idol originated from the reality program Pop Idol, which was created by British entertainment executive Simon Fuller. Australian Idol was televised on Network Ten for all seven series, and was broadcast on Austereo Radio Network between 2005 and 2007. Australian Idol sought to discover the most commercial young singer in Australia through a series of nationwide auditions. The outcomes of the later stages of this competition were determined by public voting. The original judging panel featured Mark Holden, Marcia Hines and Ian Dickson. In 2005, this was changed as Ian Dickson was replaced by Kyle Sandilands. In 2007, Ian Dickson returned to the program, when Mark Holden left at the end of the season. In 2009, Kyle Sandilands was replaced by Jay Dee Springbett. Network Ten made the decision to "rest" the program for 2010, supposedly due to a clash with the Commonwealth Games. In its seven seasons, the show has seen a mixture of judges and hosts. The winner, runner-ups, judges and hosts of Australian Idol
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    Miss Delaware

    Miss Delaware

    The Miss Delaware competition is the pageant that selects the representative of Delaware in the Miss America pageant. The event takes place annually in the month of June and is currently held in the state capital of Dover, Delaware at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Miss Delaware serves as the official hostess to the state of Delaware. Former Miss Delaware titleholders have gone on to lead accomplished lives. Many have entered into careers such as politics, law, education, entertainment and medicine. The Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization provides several thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to its many contestants.
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    Miss Illinois

    Miss Illinois

    The Miss Illinois competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Illinois in the Miss America pageant. It started in 1927, several years after the initial Miss America pageant. The first "Miss Illinois" sent to the national pageant, Lois Delander, won the Miss America title. Including Delander, five Miss Illinois representatives have won Miss America. * succeeded to the title after Miss Illinois won Miss America
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    Mavericks

    Mavericks

    Maverick's or Mavericks is a surfing location in Northern California, USA. It is located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) from shore in Pillar Point Harbor just north of Half Moon Bay at the village of Princeton-By-The-Sea. After a strong winter storm in the northern Pacific Ocean, waves can routinely crest at over 25 feet (8m) and top out at over 80 feet (24.4 m). The break is caused by an unusually shaped underwater rock formation. Mavericks is a winter destination for some of the world's best big wave surfers. Very few riders become big wave surfers; and of those, only a select few are willing to risk the hazardous conditions at Maverick's. An invitation-only contest is held there every winter, depending on wave conditions. In early March 1961, three surfers, Alex Matienzo, Jim Thompson, and Dick Knottmeyer, decided to try the distant waves off Pillar Point. With them was a white-haired German Shepherd named Maverick, owned by a roommate of Matienzo. Maverick was used to swimming out with his owner, or with Matienzo, while they were out surfing. The trio left Maverick on shore but he swam out and caught up with them. Finding the conditions too unsafe for the dog, Matienzo paddled
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    Miss Germany

    Miss Germany

    Miss Germany is a national beauty pageant for unmarried women in Germany. In 1927, the contest was held for the first time. In the past there were several organisations which claimed the title: In the 1920s already, German jurisdiction decided that the title Miss Germany could not be patented or registered, thus everybody was allowed to run a contest and name the winner Miss Germany. A similar decision followed in 1982. This resulted in having two titleholders in some years (as in 1928, 1931, 1953 and 1982), elected by different associations. In 1953, the new organiser and main sponsor of the pageant, the Opal stocking industries, acquired the international franchises for Miss Europe, Miss World, and Miss Universe and built up a kind of monopoly: Other promoters could not delegate their winners to international competitions, thus such rival contests became unattractive. The election of Heidi Krüger by the daily newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost remained an exception for many years. After the bankruptcy of the Opal company, a period of decline followed. There were no financially strong sponsors. Members of the Revolution of 1968 and feminists mobilized against the "meat-inspects".
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    Special Olympics World Games

    Special Olympics World Games

    The Special Olympics World Games are an international sporting competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities, organized by Special Olympics. Although local Special Olympics events and competitions are held around the world every day, the World Games are flagship events. The goal is to showcase the skills and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities on a global stage. The World Games feature more than a week of competitions involving thousands of athletes. Through media coverage of the Games, the stories and achievements of children and adults with intellectual disabilities are made known to millions of people worldwide. Special Olympics World Games take place every two years and alternate between Summer and Winter Games, a schedule similar to the Olympics and Paralympics. Attracting as many as 25,000 volunteers and coaches, plus several thousands of athletes, these World Games can be the world's largest sporting event of the year. Special Olympics athletes can compete in 32 Olympic-style summer or winter sports. The athletes are adults and children with intellectual disabilities who can range from gifted, world-class competitors to average athletes to
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    Miss Bondi

    Miss Bondi

    Miss Bondi is an annual competition held in Australia's most famous beach, Bondi Beach. Started in the early 70's, the prize was a trip for two to Hong Kong. Contestants would have to undertake various modelling tasks, as well as demonstrate an ability to hold a conversation with the Master of Ceremonies. Amid controversy over beauty pageants in the 80's, the competition was toned down, but recent years has seen a dramatic resurgence in popularity. Winners now are bestowed not only with a generous cash prize, but many opportunities to further their modelling careers. Miss Bondi 2006 is Stephanie Dey.
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    Miss North Carolina USA

    Miss North Carolina USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss North Carolina USA 2009
    The Miss North Carolina USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state North Carolina in the Miss USA pageant. This state is part of the RPM Productions group. In 2005, Miss North Carolina USA Chelsea Cooley won the Miss USA crown and placed in the top 10 at Miss Universe. Cooley is the first former Miss North Carolina Teen USA to win the Miss title, although not the first to have competed at Miss Teen USA. The second Miss North Carolina Teen USA to win the Miss title was Erin O'Kelley in 2007. She went on to place in the top 15 at Miss USA 2007. Similar to the Miss Utah USA titleholders, both Cooley and Kelley placed at Miss USA, eclipsing their teen performances. In 2009, Kristen Dalton became the second woman from North Carolina to be crowned Miss USA. Two Miss North Carolina USAs have also competed at Miss America. Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    Canada Games

    Canada Games

    The Canada Games is a high-level multi-sport event with a National Artists Program held every two years in Canada, alternating between the Canada Winter Games and the Canada Summer Games. Athletes are strictly amateur only, and represent their province or territory. The Games were first held in 1967 in Quebec City as part of Canada's Centennial celebrations. For the first time in Canada’s history, 1,800 athletes from 10 provinces and two territories gathered to compete in 15 sports. Under the Games motto ‘Unity through Sport’, these first Canada Winter Games paved the way to what is now Canada’s largest multi-sport competition for young athletes. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes. As the best in their age group, these young competitors come to the Games having trained long and hard to be among those chosen to represent their respective province or territory and compete for the Canada Games Flag and Centennial Cup. With the Canada Games poised as a key step in the development of Canada’s future stars, Canada Games athletes are Canada’s next generation national, international and
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    WWE Tough Enough

    • Individual competitions: WWE Tough Enough - Revival (Season 5)
    WWE Tough Enough (previously known as WWF Tough Enough) is a professional wrestling reality television program produced by WWE wherein participants undergo professional wrestling training and compete for a contract with WWE. There were two winners per season for the first three seasons, all of which aired on MTV. A fourth competition was held in 2004, with only a single winner, who was integrated into (at the time) UPN's SmackDown!. In October 2010, it was announced that the USA Network, currently airing WWE Raw, would be reviving Tough Enough. It was aired immediately prior to Raw. The revived series began airing on April 4, 2011, a day after WrestleMania XXVII. The first three seasons were co-produced with MTV, while the revival is a co-production with Shed Media. Repeat broadcasts of the revival series are shown on Universal HD and have also aired recently on Oxygen and G4. As of 2012, there are no Tough Enough winners still wrestling on WWE's main roster. The most recent was John Hennigan, who wrestled as John Morrison on the Raw brand before his contract expired following his last appearance on November 28, 2011. Hennigan and Tough Enough I winner Maven Huffman are the only
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    4 votes
    36

    American Invitational Mathematics Examination

    The American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) is a 15-question 3-hour test given since 1983 to those who rank in the top 5% (or score at least 100) on the AMC 12 high school mathematics contest (formerly known as the AHSME), and starting in 2010, those who rank in the top 2.5% (or score at least 120) on the AMC 10. The AIME is the second of two tests used to determine qualification for the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO), the first being the AMC. The use of calculators is not allowed on the test. The exam consists of 15 questions, where each answer is an integer between 0 and 999 inclusive. Thus the test effectively removes the element of chance afforded by a multiple-choice test while preserving the ease of automated grading; answers are entered onto an OMR sheet, similar to the way grid-in math questions are answered on the SAT. Concepts typically covered on the exam include topics in elementary algebra, geometry, trigonometry, as well as number theory, probability, and combinatorics. Many of these concepts are not directly covered in typical high school mathematics courses; thus, participants often turn to supplementary resources to prepare for
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    3 votes
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    PGA Championship

    The PGA Championship (sometimes, especially outside of the United States referred to as the U.S. PGA Championship or U.S. PGA) is an annual golf tournament conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America. It is one of the four major championships in professional golf, and is the golf season's final major, usually played in mid-August, customarily four weeks after The Open Championship. (It was advanced a week in 2007 and 2008 because of local scheduling conflicts.) Due to its distinction as the season's final major, the PGA Championship is nicknamed "Glory's Last Shot". It is an official money event on the PGA Tour, the European Tour, and the Japan Golf Tour, with a purse of $8 million for the 94th edition in 2012. In line with the other majors, winning "The PGA" gives a golfer several privileges which make his career much more secure, if he is not already one of the elite players of the sport. PGA champions are automatically invited to play in the other three majors (Masters, U.S. Open, and the Open Championship) for the next five years, and are exempt from qualifying for the PGA Championship for life. They also receive membership on the PGA and European Tours for the
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    Fear Factor

    Fear Factor

    • Individual competitions: Horse Drag; Rat Pit; Slippery-Car Crawl
    Fear Factor is an American sports stunt/dare reality game show. It originally aired between 2001 and 2006, when it was canceled. It was later revived in 2011, only to be cancelled again on May 13, 2012. After its second cancellation, a two-part special aired in July 2012. The original Dutch version was called Now or Neverland. When Endemol USA and NBC adapted it to the American market in 2001, they changed the name to Fear Factor. The show pits contestants against each other in a variety of stunts for a grand prize, usually of US $50,000. From Seasons One to Five, the contestants were generally three men and three women, all competing for themselves, but in Season Six, the show moved to a permanent format of four teams of two people, each with a pre-existing relationship with one another. The show was hosted by comedian and UFC commentator Joe Rogan, executive produced by Matt Kunitz and David A. Hurwitz and directed by J. Rupert Thompson. As NBC's answer to the successful series Survivor, the show was initially a hit for the network in the summer of 2001, and built strong ratings for the next couple of seasons, but as the years passed, the ratings declined. In 2006, Fear Factor
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    2 votes
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    Face Off

    Face Off

    • Individual competitions: Face Off - Season 1
    Face Off is an American reality television game show on the Syfy cable network in which a group of prosthetic makeup artists compete against each other to create prostheses such as those found in science fiction and horror films. Actress McKenzie Westmore, a member of the Westmore family of makeup artists, serves as the show's host, with judges being Academy Award-winning makeup artist Ve Neill (Ed Wood, Beetlejuice), and television and film makeup artist Glenn Hetrick (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5, The Hunger Games). Creature designer and director Patrick Tatopoulos (I Am Legend, Resident Evil: Extinction, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans) served as judge for the first two seasons, but he was replaced by creature designer and concept artist Neville Page for Season 3. Industry figures and artists including Sean S. Cunningham, Filippo Ioco, Greg Nicotero and Michael Westmore serve as guest judges. Each week, the artists face a "Spotlight Challenge" that tests their artistry and techniques to create a full makeup character to match a theme over the course of 3 days. The first day allows for concept design and sculpting for five hours, a second day of 10 hours for work in
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    5 votes
    40
    Song Fight!

    Song Fight!

    Song Fight! is a weekly online songwriting and recording competition in which amateur artists are openly invited to participate. Traditionally, a title and deadline are posted each week for which participants write, record, and submit a song in MP3 format. All entries are compiled at the end of the week and links to the files are displayed on the front page for public voting, which lasts until the end of the next week. All visitors to the site are able to listen to the MP3s and are permitted one vote each. At the end of this voting period, results are posted and the next cycle (or "fight") begins, meaning at any given time one fight is in the works (in that a deadline and title are available) while the previous fight is in its voting stage. While the original Song Fight! system involved only one fight per week, as many as four are now sometimes conducted. Winning earns you no more or less than "bragging rights, satisfaction, [and] the jealous glances of strangers sitting next to you on the subway." Nonetheless, the site has inspired well over a thousand artists to enter since the competition's inception. All songs submitted to Song Fight! are free for download, and are catalogued
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    3 votes
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    World Junior Chess Championship

    World Junior Chess Championship

    The World Junior Chess Championship is an under-20 chess tournament (players must have been under 20 years old on 1 January in the year of competition) organized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). The idea was the brainchild of William Ritson-Morry and he organized the 1951 inaugural event to take place in Birmingham, England. Subsequently, it was held every two years until 1973, when an annual schedule was adopted. In 1983, a separate tournament for girls was established. Each FIDE member nation may select one entrant except for the host nation, which may select two. Some players are seeded into the tournament based on Elo rating and top finishes in previous championships. The first championship was an 11-round Swiss system tournament. In subsequent championships the entrants were divided into sections, and preliminary sectional tournaments were used to establish graded finals sections (Final A, Final B, etc.). Since 1975 the tournaments have returned to the Swiss format. Originally the winner was awarded the title International Master if he had not already received it. Currently the winner receives the Grandmaster or Woman Grandmaster title, and the second and third place
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    Miss Kansas USA

    Miss Kansas USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Kansas USA 1999
    The Miss Kansas USA pageant is a competition that selects the representative for the state of Kansas in the Miss USA pageant. Kansas did not place at Miss USA until 1973, the third-to-last state to make their first placement. From then, no delegate from Kansas made the cut until 1991, when Kelli McCarty won the crown. McCarty's win makes Wichita, Kansas the only state to host one Miss USA and Miss Teen USA to win in their home state. In 1992 the state joined the Vanbros group, which led to a surge in placements in the 1990s and early 2000s. This included two first runners-up, one second runner-up, one third runner-up and one fourth runner-up, among others. All but three of Kansas's ten placements have been runners-up. Three former Miss Kansas Teen USAs went on to win the Miss title, and also two Miss Missouri USAs (Missouri is also a Vanbros state). Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    Miss Tennessee

    Miss Tennessee

    The Miss Tennessee competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Tennessee in the Miss America pageant. The Miss Tennessee pageant was first held in 1938, although the winner, Isobel Carter, was unable to compete at Miss America due to illness and so the first runner-up became Miss Tennessee. The following year, two winners were chosen to compete for the Miss America title. In 1940 the pageant suffered a repeat of 1938, with the winner resigning through illness and the first runner-up representing the state at the national competition. The routine pageant was held in 1941, but from 1942-1946 representatives were appointed without a pageant being held, due to World War II. In 1947 twins Jean and Jane Cunningham were both awarded the Miss Tennessee title, with one representing Tennessee and one Chattanooga at the Miss America pageant. The modern era of the pageant can be dated to 1953, when a regular routine of state pageants was instituted. Kellye Cash, Miss America 1987, is the second Miss Tennessee to win the national title. Six titleholders have placed as runners-up to Miss America. Tennessee native Barbara Jo Walker was Miss America 1947 and
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    2 votes
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    Math League

    Math League is a mathematics competition for elementary, middle, and high school students in the United States. The Math League was founded in 1977 by two high school mathematics teachers, Steven R. Conrad and Daniel Flegler. Math Leagues, Inc. publishes old contests through a series of books entitled Math League Press. Math League runs three contest formats: Students who score above 25 points in grades 4 and 5, and above 30 points in grades 6-8 are awarded a "Certificate of Merit."
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    Primary Mathematics World Contest

    The Primary Mathematics World Contest or PMWC takes place every year in Hong Kong. It was first held in 1997, and is sponsored by the Po Leung Kuk organization. The competition has attracted teams from around the world. Each team consists of 4 members, all of whom must be under the age of 13 as of September 1, and must not be enrolled in a secondary institution (or the equivalent). However, the 13th Primary Mathematics World Contest (2009) was canceled due to the WHO declaring the Influenza A virus subtype H1N1 a pandemic. A similar event occurred in the 7th Primary Mathematics World Contest (2003) where the committee postponed the contest to November 2003 due to SARS. The PMWC committee provides room and board at the Panda Hotel in Tsuen Wan.
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    4 votes
    46
    Robot Football

    Robot Football

    Robot Football is an academic sport organised by the Federation of International Robot-soccer Association. It aims to create a team of robots capable of beating a human side at football by 2050. Robot football began in 1995 in Korea. From 1996 onwards, international championships have been held every year. The leagues are as follows: Robot football combines skills from all fields of engineering, from computer programming, to mechanical design. Robot football teams are usually found at Universities as part of research projects. The Robot Football World Cup was held in Singapore in December 2005.
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    4 votes
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    Scripps National Spelling Bee

    Scripps National Spelling Bee

    • Individual competitions: 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee
    The Scripps National Spelling Bee (formerly the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee and commonly called the National Spelling Bee) is an annual spelling bee in the United States, with participants from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Ghana and The Bahamas. State winners must be regional spelling-bee winners as well. It is run on a not-for-profit basis by The E. W. Scripps Company and is held at a convention center (generally associated with a hotel), currently the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center hotel in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in the Washington, D.C., area during the week following Memorial Day weekend. Historically, the competition has been open to, and remains open to, the winners of sponsored regional spelling bees in the U.S. (including territories such as Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with overseas military bases in Germany and South Korea). Participants from countries other than the U.S. must be regional spelling-bee winners as well. Since 1994, the cable-television channel ESPN has televised the later rounds of the bee; since 2006, earlier rounds have aired on ESPN during the day, and the Championship Finals have aired in
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    4 votes
    48
    DFB-Pokal

    DFB-Pokal

    • Individual competitions: 1994–95 DFB-Pokal
    The DFB-Pokal (IPA: [ˈdeː.ɛf.beː poˈkaːl]) or DFB Cup is a German knockout football cup competition held annually. 64 teams participate in the competition, including all clubs from the Bundesliga and the 2nd Bundesliga. It is considered the second most important national title in German football after the Bundesliga championship. The competition was founded in 1935, then called Tschammer-Pokal. The first titleholder were FC Nuremberg. In 1937 Schalke were the first team to win the double. The Tschammer-Pokal was suspended in 1945 due to World War II and disbanded with the demise of Nazi-Germany. In 1952–53 the cup was reinstated as the DFB-Pokal, named after the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußballbund or DFB) and was won by Rot-Weiss Essen. Bayern Munich have won the most titles, with 15 wins. The most recent winners are Borussia Dortmund. The competition format has varied considerably since the inception of the Tschammer-Pokal in 1935. The DFB-Pokal begins with a round of 64 teams. The 36 teams of the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga, along with the top four finishers of the 3rd Liga are automatically qualified for the tournament. Of the remaining slots 21 are given to the
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    3 votes
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    International Mister Leather

    International Mister Leather

    International Mister Leather (IML) is an international conference and contest of leathermen held annually in May since 1979 in Chicago, Illinois. The International Mister Leather conference spans several days, and includes the International Mister Leather competition, as well as other events, such as speakers, socials, themed dance parties and a leather market. Most, but far from all, attendees are gay men. BDSM enthusiasts also have a presence at the event. IML is an independent contest in that there is no contract or formal connection with feeder contests. To qualify, IML contestants must either be the winner of a bar, local or regional leather contest or be sponsored by a leather bar, business, club, or organization. IML's forerunner was the 1970s "Mr. Gold Coast" bar contest held at Chicago's Gold Coast leather bar, owned by Chuck Renslow and his then-partner, Dom Orejudos. As the "Mr. Gold Coast" contest became one of the bar's most popular promotions, it expanded to a larger venue in 1979. Along with the change of venue came a change in name to International Mr. Leather. Since 1993, a second contest, the International Mister Bootblack Competition, has been added to the IML
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    3 votes
    50
    Miss Kentucky

    Miss Kentucky

    The Miss Kentucky competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Kentucky in the Miss America pageant. Kentucky has once won the Miss America crown.
    8.00
    3 votes
    51
    Miss Maryland USA

    Miss Maryland USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Maryland USA 1997
    The Miss Maryland USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Maryland in the Miss USA pageant. The pageant is directed by D&D Investments. Maryland had one winner in 1957: Leona Gage. However, she was later discovered to be a mother of two sons and was therefore dethroned. Four Maryland titleholders are former Miss Maryland Teen USAs. These four all reigned in the early 1990s, and in fact four out of six titleholders from 1990 to 1995 were former teens. Only one Miss Maryland USA has competed at Miss America. From 2006 to 2008, each woman who won Miss Maryland USA was the previous year's first runner-up. Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    3 votes
    52
    Miss Minnesota

    Miss Minnesota

    The Miss Minnesota competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Minnesota in the Miss America pageant. Minnesota has won the Miss America crown on three occasions. The last, was Gretchen Carlson, in 1989. * Succeeded to the crown after Miss Minnesota won Miss America
    8.00
    3 votes
    53
    Miss Missouri

    Miss Missouri

    The Miss Missouri competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Missouri in the Miss America pageant. From 1935 to 1970, the Miss Missouri pageant was held in a number of locations, including St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield. In 1970, the pageant was held for the first time in Mexico, Missouri, which would become the pageant's home. The pageant has been held in Mexico in all following years. Missouri has produced one Miss America: Debbye Turner (Miss America, 1990). They have had a number of runners-up and semi-finalists. Three Miss Missouris have won the Miss Missouri USA crown and competed at Miss USA, most notably Miss Missouri 2002, Shandi Finnessey, who won the Miss USA title and placed first runner-up at Miss Universe. Sarah French, Miss Missouri 2006, is the only titleholder who has also competed at Miss Teen USA, although she represented Arkansas. * Succeeded to the crown after Miss Missouri won Miss America
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    3 votes
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    Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

    Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

    The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is an annual American competitive-eating competition, which is run as a publicity gathering event by Shea Communications. It is held each July 4 at Nathan's Famous Corporation's original, and best-known restaurant at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, a neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. In 2011 over 40,000 spectators attended the event, and an additional 1.949 million viewers watched it live on ESPN television when Joey Chestnut ate 62 hot dogs and buns. The contest has gained public attention in recent years due to the sudden stardom of Takeru Kobayashi, his subsequent rivalry with American Joey Chestnut, and the current controversy over Kobayashi's contractual dispute and absence. In the ninety-seventh annual contest, held on July 4, 2012, five-time-defending champion Chestnut won his record-tying sixth title by consuming a record-tying 68 hot dogs and buns (HDBs) in ten minutes. The contest was televised live on ESPN 360 and shall be broadcast on ESPN later in the afternoon due to Wimbledon coverage pre-empting it, which has held the broadcast rights for this event since 2004. According to legend, on July 4, 1916, four
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    3 votes
    55

    North Suburban Mathematics League

    The North Suburban Mathematics League (NSML) is an organization of 55 high school teams in the Chicago metropolitan area (as of the 2008-2009 season) that compete in five math contests during the school year. (Despite the name, teams now come from the city and non-Northern suburbs.) Each year, each NSML team participates in five competitions - four (in smaller groups) at NSML member schools, and one final competition at Evanston Township High School where all member schools' teams come together, followed by an awards ceremony recognizing schools' and individuals' performance in the year's competitions. (Students from member schools who performed well on the AMC-10 and AMC-12 competitions are also recognized.) Most NSML competitors participate in the written competition. Each team can also send a member to the oral competition. Each written competition consists of five questions, which students have thirty minutes to answer. Students may use calculators on some competitions but not on others. Students take written competitions at four different levels: Freshmen take an Algebra I contest, Sophomores take a Geometry competition, Juniors compete in Algebra II, and the Senior
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    3 votes
    56
    Panathenaic Games

    Panathenaic Games

    The Panathenaic Games were held every four years in Athens in Ancient Greece since 566 BC. They continued into the third century AD. These Games incorporated religious festival, ceremony (including prize-giving), athletic competitions, and cultural events hosted within a stadium. The competitions this festival came to be known for were only one part of a much larger religious occasion; the Great Panathenaea itself. These ritual observances consisted of numerous sacrifices to Athena (the name-sake of the event and patron deity to the hosts of the event - Athens) as well as Poseidon and others. A sister-event to the Great Panathenaea was held every year - the Lesser Panathenaea, which was 3-4 days shorter in celebration. They were the most prestigious games for the citizens of Athens, but they were not as important as the Olympic Games or the other Panhellenic Games. The first Great Panathenaea was held during the rule of Peisistratos in 566 BC, and was modelled on the Olympic Games. Peisistratus also added music and poetry competitions, which were part of the Pythian Games but not the Olympics. The games were divided into games for Athenians only, and games for Athenians and any
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    3 votes
    57
    Miss France

    Miss France

    Miss France is the trademark of an annual beauty pageant. Rights to the trademark were obtained in 2002 by the Dutch television production company Endemol through its subsidiary Miss France SAS, whose director general is Sylvie Tellier, Miss France 2002. Endemol also holds the rights in France to send the winner for Miss Universe and the runner-up for Miss World pageants. Local and regional pageants that provide entrants for the Miss France contest are organized by the Comité Miss France, whose president is Geneviève de Fontenay. The pageant is held each year in December, and the winner is designated by the year that begins in the ensuing January. Miss France 2010, Malika Ménard, was chosen December 5, 2009. Her prizes included a new car, use of a Paris apartment for one year, and a monthly net salary of 4,000 euros. The Miss France 2011 contest to determine the next Miss France was filmed in the Maldives from the 11th to the 18th of November 2010. The pageant is contested by regional winners of local contests from Metropolitan France and its overseas territories. The method of choosing the winner has varied over the years, ordinarily with a jury of celebrities choosing a set of
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    4 votes
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    Major League Baseball All-Star Game

    Major League Baseball All-Star Game

    The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also known as the "Midsummer Classic", is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fans for starting fielders, managers for pitchers,managers and players select reserves. The game usually occurs on the second Tuesday in July and marks the symbolic halfway point in the Major League Baseball (MLB) season (though not the mathematical halfway point; in most seasons, that actually takes place one week earlier). The league goes into an all-star break, with no regular-season games scheduled on the day before or the day after. From 1959 to 1962, two all-star games were held each season, but this format was abandoned. Players usually wear their own team uniforms. The 2011 All-Star Game was played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks; the 2012 All-Star Game was played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, home of the Kansas City Royals. It has been officially announced that the 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field in Queens, New York, home of the New York Mets and the 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field in
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    2 votes
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    Miss Oregon

    Miss Oregon

    The Miss Oregon competition is a regional scholarship competition and beauty pageant that selects the representative for the US state of Oregon in the Miss America pageant. The annual event includes contestants from across the state and awards scholarships to the participants. The event began in 1947 as the Miss Oregon Pageant and was founded by the merchants in the coastal city of Seaside. Miss Oregon was designated the official State Hostess in 1969. In 2002, Katie Harman was crowned Miss Oregon and went on to win the Miss America crown, becoming the only Miss Oregon winner of the national event. The event is now titled the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant. The event is held at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center at the Oregon Coast with local Seaside merchants as the primary sponsors of the annual contest. The two-day event narrows the competition down to ten finalists on the first day before selecting a winner on the second day. Events at the event include an evening wear competition, talent competition, bathing suit competition, and a competition in casual wear. The competition includes an interview on-stage as the final portion before a winner is selected. In addition to
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    2 votes
    60
    Miss Philippines-Earth

    Miss Philippines-Earth

    • Individual competitions: Miss Philippines Earth 2009
    The Miss Philippines Earth, originally called "Miss Philippines" in its early years, is a beauty pageant held annually in search of the most beautiful and environmentally-friendly woman in the Philippines. Miss Philippines Earth is the largest and most widely participated beauty pageant in the Philippines with 50 official candidates. The reigning titleholders dedicate their year to promote environmental projects and to address issues concerning the environment. They also serve as spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations. The grand winner will represent Philippines in Miss Earth pageant. The beauty pageant's current titleholder is Stephany Stefanowitz. She won the title last May 27, 2012 at the Mall of Asia Centerstage. In the first quarter of 2001, Carousel Productions relinquished the franchise for both Mutya ng Pilipinas (Beauty of the Philippines) and Miss Asia Pacific International beauty contests and decided to establish a beauty pageant whose cause is to have its candidates and winners actively promote and get involved in the preservation of the environment and the protection of Mother
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    Miss Sweden

    Miss Sweden

    • Individual competitions: Miss Sweden 1993
    Miss Sweden (in Swedish: Fröken Sverige), is the title of the Swedish beauty pageant, which ran from 1949–2003, by the female magazine VeckoRevyn and production company Strix in partnership with MTG. The competition qualified delegates to the global contests Miss Universe and first runner ups to Miss World. As the competition stopped running, it was replaced by separate pageants with various franchises. The pageant has a long tradition of sending the national delegates to vacation abroad, for photos in swimsuits and evening gowns to viewers, such as Dubai (1996), Canary Islands (1997) and Barbados (2002). Founded by Bonnier Media Group in 1948 and franchise has been in hand from 1949 until 1999 by the magazine VeckoRevyn, from 2000 to 2004 by the production company Strix. The first pageant was held in 1949 and was won by Kerstin Ringberg. This pageant has introduced models and actresses such as Anita Ekberg, Mary Stävin, Lena Olin, Jessica Folcker and Victoria Silvstedt. Many of the contestants have found notable careers in television and film, locally and in Hollywood with numerous of contracts with Universal Pictures. Some of them remain missing their maiden names. Franchise
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    United States of America Mathematical Olympiad

    The United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) is a high school mathematics competition held annually in the United States. Since its debut in 1972, it has served as the final round of the AMC series of contests. Top scorers on the USAMO usually represent the United States at the International Mathematical Olympiad. In order to be eligible to take the USAMO, a participant must be either a U.S. citizen or a legal resident of the United States or Canada. Only U.S. residents and citizens may join the American IMO team. In addition, all participants, regardless of geographic location, must meet qualification indices determined by previous rounds of the AMC contests. Entry to the USAMO is by invitation only. The USAMO (and the USAJMO since 2010) is restricted to approximately 500 (250 prior to 2006) participants combined each year. To keep this quota constant, the AMC Committee uses a selection process, which has seen a number of revisions in the exam's history. In 2011 we will have slightly revised qualification rules for the USA Mathematical Olympiad and USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad. The goal is to select approximately 500 students total for the two Olympiads, split
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    2 votes
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    Arctic Winter Games

    The Arctic Winter Games is an international biennial celebration of circumpolar sports and culture. The Arctic Winter Games were founded in 1969 under the leadership of Governor Walter J. Hickel of Alaska, Stuart M. Hodgson, Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, and Yukon Commissioner James Smith. The idea to "provide a forum where athletes from the circumpolar North could compete on their own terms, on their own turf" came from Cal Miller, an advisor with the Yukon team at the 1967 Canada Winter Games. In 1970 in Yellowknife, Canada, 500 athletes, trainers and officials came together for the first Arctic Winter Games. The participants came from Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska. Since then, the Games have been held on fifteen occasions in different places and with ever more participants from more and more places within the Arctic region. The games in 2002 were the first jointly hosted Arctic Winter Games, by Nuuk, Greenland and Iqaluit, Nunavut. A total of nine contingents participated in the Arctic Winter Games. The same group of teams also made up the participants of the previous games The Hodgson trophy for fair play and team spirit is awarded at the end of every
    7.67
    3 votes
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    Boston Marathon

    Boston Marathon

    • Individual competitions: 2012 Boston Marathon
    The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon hosted by several cities in Greater Boston in eastern Massachusetts. It is always held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April. Begun in 1897, inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. It is one of five World Marathon Majors. Since 1897, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has managed this event. Amateur and professional runners from all over the world compete in the Boston Marathon each year, braving the hilly New England terrain and varying weather to take part in the race. The event attracts 500,000 spectators each year, making it New England's most widely viewed sporting event. Though starting with 18 participants in 1897, the event now attracts an average of about 20,000 registered participants each year, with 26,895 people entering in 2011. The Centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 established a record as the world's largest marathon with 38,708 entrants, 36,748 starters, and 35,868 finishers. The Boston Marathon began in April 1897; it is the second
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    3 votes
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    Boston Rowing Marathon

    Boston Rowing Marathon

    The Boston Rowing Marathon is a Head race taking place on the third Sunday of September annually in Lincolnshire, England, over the exceptionally long distance of 31 miles (49.88 km). The course is along the River Witham from Lincoln to Boston, finishing at the Boston clubhouse. The current record for this is 2hrs 59mins 45secs, by a University of London men's eight, set in 1991. It is organised by Boston Rowing Club. The long distance of the event makes it unique in British rowing and thus attracts a lot of entries; some competing for a time, others only wanting to complete the distance. The event is also unusual in accepting entries from all crews and categories. The 2006 marathon had 283 entries. The current start is a set of landing stages at Stamp End Lock, Waterside South, Lincoln, opposite the home of Lincs FM, and also the location of the Lincoln Rowing Centre, which was only founded in 2006 after many years of the Marathon being the only rowing hosted in Lincoln. The race is also a favourite for its witty T-Shirts: "It's long and hard" being a classic reused for the 2006 marathon. The event started as a one off competition in 1946, as a pub bet, and was big news for the
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    I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

    I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

    • Individual competitions: I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (UK series 1)
    I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! is a British reality television show, first screened in 2002, in which celebrities live in jungle conditions with few creature comforts. The show has been hosted by Ant & Dec since its inception. The show is filmed in Queensland, Australia and broadcast on ITV in the UK and on TV3 in Ireland. The show is one of the largest in the world, with more than 700 staff working on the show 24 hours a day for three weeks. It is sponsored in the UK by supermarket chain Iceland and in Ireland by Dominos Pizza. In return for their appearance on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, the celebrities are asked to nominate a charity to which the producers, LWT (weekend shows) and Granada Television (weekday shows), make donations. The celebrities themselves are also paid a fee (reported to be £25,000 for UK competitors) to compensate them for possible loss of earnings while they are in the jungle. The producers of the show keep the precise details of the celebrities' contracts private, prompting much speculation from the media. The money is raised by allowing viewers to vote by phone, text message or the "red button" (a colloquialism popular in the UK for TV
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    Last Comic Standing

    • Individual competitions: Last Comic Standing - Season 1
    Last Comic Standing is an American reality television talent show that has aired from 2003 through 2010. The goal of the program is to select a comedian from a group, who will receive a development contract with the NBC network, and a television special first to air on the cable-TV network Comedy Central and later on the cable network Bravo. In March 2009 it was announced that the show had been canceled and would not be returning for a seventh season. However, on December 30, 2009 Entertainment Weekly reported that NBC was in talks to bring the show back to the air. On February 26, 2010, it was announced that Craig Robinson would become the new host of the series. In the early rounds of the competition, NBC talent scouts Ross Mark and Bob Read held open casting calls in various locations around the United States. At each casting call, Mark and Read identified comics to participate in callback auditions in front of live audiences. Mark and Read then selected a predetermined number of comics from each callback, who were invited to participate in a semifinal qualifying round. The comics who advanced to the semifinal qualifying round were divided into two groups. In Season Four, 40
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    Miss Alaska

    Miss Alaska

    • Individual competitions: Miss Alaska 2003
    The Miss Alaska competition is a scholarship pageant that selects the representative for the state of Alaska in the Miss America pageant. Alaska's highest placement occurred in 1998, when Joslyn Tinker was selected for the Top Ten. One Miss Alaska won a preliminary swimsuit and another won a preliminary night talent award. Several other delegates have received non-finalist talent awards and special scholarships. Miss Alaskas 1975 and 1978, Cindy Suryan and PJ Gentry respectively, were popular Anchorage television and radio personalities for many years. Miss Alaska 1976, Kathy (Tebow) Sharp worked as a National Weather Association certified television weather broadcaster in the early 1980s, and was on the same news team as co-anchor, Cindy Suryan. Miss Alaska 1981, Laura Trollan, also worked in local television as an Anchorage weather broadcaster. Miss Alaska 1982 became an award-winning realtor and business woman, achieving recognition for The Kristan Cole Team. Miss Alaska 1984, Maryline Blackburn, pursued a career in music and has received critical acclaim as a recording artist. Miss Alaskas 1985 and 1986 went on to establish successful careers in modeling: Jerri Morrison as a
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    Miss Florida USA

    Miss Florida USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Florida USA 2000
    The Miss Florida USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Florida in the Miss USA pageant. While Florida has been successful in terms of runners-up, finalists and semi-finalists, the state has never won the Miss USA pageant, although Cheryl Patton became Miss USA after Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss Universe. Florida's best results were during the mid-sixties to mid-seventies. Their most recent finalist was Lissette Garcia who placed in the top 16 in 2011. Two former Miss Florida Teen USA titleholders have won this competition, and three titleholders have also competed at Miss America. Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    PDC World Darts Championship

    PDC World Darts Championship

    The PDC World Darts Championship is a world championship competition for the sport of darts, organised by the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). It was introduced following a dispute in 1994 with the British Darts Organisation, which has run its own world championship since 1978. The biggest of the PDC tournaments, it traditionally begins in late December, finishing in early January just as the BDO's version gets underway. The tournament is currently sponsored by Ladbrokes.com and is now staged at the Alexandra Palace in London after being held the Circus Tavern in Purfleet for its first 14 years. Only 5 players have won this championship: Dennis Priestley, Phil Taylor, John Part, Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis. Of these, only Taylor, Lewis and Part have won it more than once. In addition, Lewis is the only PDC World Champion never to have won the BDO World Championship. Taylor has dominated the tournament, winning 13 titles and reaching 16 of the first 17 finals. Following popular darts commentator Sid Waddell's death on 11 August 2012, the decision was made to rename the champion's trophy to the Sid Waddell trophy from the 2013 tournament onwards. In 1994 some high
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    Davis Cup

    Davis Cup

    • Individual competitions: 1947 Davis Cup
    The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in men's tennis. It is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is contested annually between teams from competing countries in a knock-out format. The competition began in 1900 as a challenge between Britain and the United States. By 2007, 137 nations entered teams into the competition. The most successful countries over the history of the tournament are the United States (winning 32 tournaments and finishing as runners-up 29 times) and Australia (winning 28 times, including four occasions with New Zealand as Australasia, and finishing as runners-up 19 times). The present champion is Spain who beat Argentina to claim the title. The tournament was conceived in 1899 by four members of the Harvard University tennis team who wished to challenge the British to a tennis competition. Once their respective lawn tennis associations agreed, one of the four Harvard players, Dwight F. Davis, designed a tournament format and ordered an appropriate sterling silver trophy from Shreve, Crump & Low, purchasing it from his own funds for about $1000. They in turn commissioned a classically-styled design from William B. Durgin's of
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    Miss Alabama USA

    Miss Alabama USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Alabama USA 2005
    The Miss Alabama USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Alabama in the Miss USA pageant. Alabama is one of the more successful and (recently) consistent states at Miss USA. Although they have had a number of runners-up, finalists and semi-finalists, they have only had one Miss USA. Even more successfully, Sylvia Hitchcock, Miss USA 1967, went on to win the Miss Universe title. Two Miss Alabama USA titleholders have placed first runner-up to winners from California: Candace Michelle Brown was first runner-up to Shannon Marketic in 1992, and Pamela Flowers was first runner-up to Summer Bartholomew in 1975. Three Miss Alabama USA titleholders were former Miss Alabama Teen USAs. Of these three, two placed better in the Miss competition than they did as teens.
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    Miss District of Columbia Teen USA

    Miss District of Columbia Teen USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss District of Columbia Teen USA 1984
    The Miss District of Columbia Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the District of Columbia in the Miss Teen USA pageant. With only three semi-finalist placings, the District of Columbia is one of the least successful jurisdictions at Miss Teen USA. One of those semi finalists, Miss District of Columbia Teen USA 2000 Tiara Christen Dews, was one of only three District of Columbia teens to win the Miss District of Columbia USA crown. Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant
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    Miss Florida Teen USA

    Miss Florida Teen USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Florida Teen USA 2002
    The Miss Florida Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Florida in the Miss Teen USA pageant. Florida ties with Illinois for most Miss Photogenic awards (3). These were won in a successive streak from 1996-1998. Miss Florida Teen USA and Miss Teen USA's Miss Photogenic in 1997, Cristin Duren, later became Miss Florida USA 2006 and 2004 titleholder Anastagia Pierre was later Miss Florida USA 2009. 1996 winner Kelly Gaudet later won the Miss Florida 2001 title and competed at Miss America. Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant
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    The Block

    The Block

    • Individual competitions: The Block - Season 4
    The Block is an Australian reality television series broadcast on the Nine Network. The series follows four couples as they compete against each other to renovate houses and sell them at auction for the highest price. The series first ran for two consecutive seasons in 2003 and 2004, and was originally hosted by Australian gardening guru Jamie Durie. The first season was filmed at Bondi and the second at Manly. The Nine Network revived The Block after a six year absence, with a third season commenced airing on 22 September 2010, this time hosted by television personality and builder Scott Cam. The third series again took place in Sydney, in the suburb of Vaucluse. Moving to Victoria, Australia, the fourth season was filmed in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond, Victoria on Cameron Street. Breaking with tradition, season four was filmed in four side-by-side houses as opposed to an apartment block of four. Season four saw television personality Shelley Craft join Scott Cam in hosting the show. The current season (season five) began airing in April 2012. As with season four, season five has retained the four separate houses format, as opposed to four apartments in a single apartment
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    Transpacific Yacht Race

    • Individual competitions: 1999 Transpacific Yacht Race
    The Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) is an offshore yacht race starting off Point Fermin, San Pedro, near Los Angeles, and ending off Diamond Head Lighthouse in Honolulu, a distance of around 2,225 nautical miles (2,560 mi; 4,121 km). Started in 1906, it is one of yachting's premier offshore races and attracts entrants from all over the world. The race is organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club. The race is famous for fast downwind sailing under spinnaker in the trade winds. Fully Crewed Elapsed time: Alfa Romeo II, 2009 of 5 days, 14 hours, 36 minutes, 20 seconds. Double Handed: Pegasus 50, 2009, sailed by Philippe Kahn and Mark Christensen, set a new record of 7 days, 19 hours, 38 minutes and 35 seconds. In 1977 the yacht Merlin, designed by Bill Lee, set an elapsed time record of 8 days, 11 hours, 1 minute. This record would stand for 20 years. Ending Merlin's record, in the 1997 race a new monohull elapsed time record of 7 days, 11 hours, 41 minutes, and 27 seconds was set by Roy E. Disney's Pyewacket, a 73 foot maxi ultralight designed by Reichel/Pugh. The record fell once again in 2005, with Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory, a maxZ86 from Germany. Morning Glory was the
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    Miss Alabama Teen USA

    Miss Alabama Teen USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Alabama Teen USA 2001
    The Miss Alabama Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Alabama in the Miss Teen USA pageant. Alabama's sucess at Miss Teen USA has improved in recent years, with eight teens making the cut, although none have placed higher than 4th runner-up. That placement went to Anna Mingus, who also won Miss Congeniality, Alabama's only special award. Mingus later took the title Miss Alabama USA in 1995, and is one of only three Alabama teens to win a Miss USA state title. Until 2010 Miss and Teen Alabama was directed by the Premier Pageants group, and was the first state to be taken under this directorate. Dohn Dye and To Dye For was the Director for the 2010 and 2011 pageants, but were replaced by Paula Miles and RPM Productions in August, 2011. Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant
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    Miss Bolivia

    Miss Bolivia

    • Individual competitions: Miss Bolivia 2008
    Miss Bolivia is an annual Bolivian beauty pageant responsible for selecting the country's representative to the Miss Universe pageant since 1959. The pageant also crowns representatives to Miss World, Miss Earth, and Miss International. The current titleholder is Yessica Mouton Gianella from Señorita Litoral. She won the title on June 30, 2011. The contest was founded in 1959 and Gloria Suárez de Limpias has been the event's director since 1979. As of 2010, Bolivia has not won a Miss Universe or Miss World title. A three-hour parade is held annually on August 5. Bolivian TV channel Unitel broadcasts it to the rest of Latin America, and cable broadcasts are available in the United States. For approximately one month, there are several preliminary events and presentations regarding the main parade. By general rule, three major crowns are given each year, in this order: Miss Bolivia goes to Miss Universe, Miss Bolivia Mundo to Miss World, and Miss Bolivia Internacional to the Miss International contest. One of these three titleholders participates in Reina Hispanoamericana, owned by Promociones Gloria, the same group that organizes the Miss Bolivia pageant. In 2010, the third title
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    DARPA Grand Challenge

    DARPA Grand Challenge

    The third driverless car competition of the DARPA Grand Challenge, was commonly known as the DARPA Urban Challenge. It took place on November 3, 2007 at the site of the now-closed George Air Force Base (currently used as Southern California Logistics Airport), in Victorville, California (Google map), in the West of the United States. Discovery's Science channel followed a few of the teams and covered the Urban Challenge in its Robocars series . The $2 million winner was Tartan Racing, a collaborative effort by Carnegie Mellon University and General Motors Corporation, with their vehicle "Boss", a heavily-modified Chevrolet Tahoe. The second place finisher earning the $1 million prize was the Stanford Racing Team with their entry "Junior", a 2006 Volkswagen Passat. Coming in third place was team Victor Tango from Virginia Tech winning the $500,000 prize with their 2005 Ford Escape hybrid, "Odin". The course involved a 96 kilometres (60 mi) urban area course, to be completed in less than 6 hours. Rules included obeying all traffic regulations while negotiating with other traffic and obstacles and merging into traffic. While the 2004 and 2005 events were more physically challenging
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    Isle of Man TT

    Isle of Man TT

    • Individual competitions: 1951 Isle of Man TT
    The International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race is a motorcycle racing event held on the Isle of Man and was for many years the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world. The event was part of the FIM Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship during the period 1949–1976 before being transferred to the United Kingdom after safety concerns and run by the FIM as the British Grand Prix for the 1977 season. The Isle of Man TT Races became part of the TT Formula 1 Championship from 1977 to 1990 to preserve the event's racing status. From 1989 the racing has been developed by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism as the Isle of Man TT Festival. The race is run in a time-trial format on public roads closed for racing by the provisions of an Act of Tynwald (the parliament of the Isle of Man). The first race was held on Tuesday 28 May 1907 and was called the International Auto-Cycle Tourist Trophy. The event was organised by the Auto-Cycle Club over 10 laps of the St John's Short Course of 15 miles 1,470 yards for road-legal touring motorcycles with exhaust silencers, saddles, pedals and mud-guards. The winner of the single-cylinder class, and overall winner of the first event in
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    Milan-Sanremo

    Milan-Sanremo

    Milan – San Remo (Italian: Milano–Sanremo), "the Spring classic" ("la classica di Primavera"), is an annual cycle race between Milan and Sanremo. It is the longest professional one-day race at 298 km. The first was in 1907, when Lucien Petit-Breton won. Today it is one of the 'Monuments' of European cycling, and results contribute towards the UCI World Ranking; until 2007 it was part of the UCI ProTour. From 1999 to 2005, a women's race, the Primavera Rosa was organised alongside the men's but at a shorter distance. Milan – San Remo is often called the sprinters' classic while its sister Italian race the Giro di Lombardia held in autumn is the climbers' classic. In the early years the main difficulty was the Passo del Turchino, but when cycling became more professional the climb was too far from the finish to be decisive. In 1960 the Poggio, a few kilometres before the finish, was introduced. In 1982 the Cipressa, near Imperia was added. The other hills are the 'capi', the Capo Mele, Capo Berta and Capo Cervo. From 2008 on the organisers added 'Le Manie' as well, between the Turchino and the 'capi'. The 'Turchino' and the 'Manie' are longer climbs, while 'capi', Cipressa and Poggio
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    Miss Canada International

    Miss Canada International

    Miss Canada International is a scholarship pageant for women in Canada. It was founded in 1995 and also has founded The Teddy Bears of Hope Campaign in 2005. The CEO and Producer of Miss Canada International and Miss Teen Canada International is Sylvia Stark. From 1997-2002, Miss Canada International Inc. held the rights to send a Canadian representative to Miss World. Note: 2011: Miss Canada International 2011 never took place, therefor Bridget Nickerson, of Nova Scotia, is considered Miss Canada International 2010-2011 2007 : Rachel Jaillet, a native of New Brunswick, won the title in 2007 but is not included in the official Miss Canada International website. Solange Tuyishime, Miss Canada International 2006, also from New Brunswick, is considered by the organization as the 2006-2007 titleholder. 2003: Linsey Bennet of Ottawa was dethroned in 2003. The Miss Canada International 2003 title went to Vancouver native Lorenza Sammarelli . 2000 : As of 2000, the pageant was postdated. Mireille Eid, of Vanier, won her title in 1999 but is considered Miss Canada International 2000. 1997 : Emily Ryan of Nova Scotia is the original winner of Miss Canada International 1997. She was later
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    Miss New Jersey

    Miss New Jersey

    . The Miss New Jersey competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of New Jersey in the Miss America pageant. Two Miss New Jersey winners have gone on to become Miss America titleholders: Bette Cooper (1937) and Suzette Charles (1984). They also have one unofficial Miss America: Dorothy Hann (1932).
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    Miss New Jersey USA

    Miss New Jersey USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss New Jersey USA 2008
    The Miss New Jersey USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of New Jersey in the Miss USA pageant. New Jersey has had only moderate success at Miss USA, and has never produced a winner. New Jersey's best streak was from 1989 to 1991 when they had two 2nd runners-up and one 1st runner-up in a row. Two years later another Miss New Jersey USA placed in the finals, but they have only had one other placement since then. Then in 2008, Tiffany Andrade came along and finished as 2nd runner up, one of three Miss New Jersey USAs to place third at Miss USA. Four Miss New Jersey USA titleholders have held the Miss New Jersey Teen USA title and two have competed at Miss America. Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    Project Runway

    Project Runway

    • Individual competitions: Project Runway - Season 1
    Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime Television, previously on the Bravo network, created by Eli Holzman which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by models Heidi Klum and Rachael Weingart. The contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are restricted in time, materials and theme. Their designs are judged, and one or more designers are eliminated each week. On July 4, 2006 the show's producers, Weinstein Company, announced a five-year deal that would relocate the show to Lifetime Television, beginning with Season 6. In response, NBC Universal filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company for violating its contract rights. A September 2008 court decision granted NBCU's request for an injunction, preventing Lifetime from promoting or exhibiting "Runway" until further notice. On April 1, 2009, the lawsuit between Weinstein Co. and NBC Universal was settled, with Weinstein agreeing to pay NBC an undisclosed sum for the right to move the show to Lifetime. Season 6 began airing on Lifetime on August 20, 2009. On August 27, 2009, NBC Universal wound up gaining partial ownership of Lifetime, when A&E Television Networks, which was
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    Isthmian Games

    Isthmian Games

    The Isthmian Games or Isthmia (ancient Greek Ἴσθμια) were one of the Panhellenic Games of Ancient Greece, and were named after the isthmus of Corinth, where they were held. As with the Nemean Games, the Isthmian Games were held both the year before and the year after the Olympic Games (the second and fourth years of an Olympiad), while the Pythian Games were held in the third year of the Olympiad cycle. The Games were reputed to have originated as funeral games for Melicertes (also known as Palaemon), instituted by Sisyphus, legendary founder and king of Corinth, who discovered the dead body and buried it subsequently on the Isthmus. In Roman times, Melicertes was worshipped in the region. Theseus, legendary king of Athens, expanded Melicertes' funeral games from a closed nightly rite into fully-fledged athletic-games event which was dedicated to Poseidon, open to all Greeks, and was at a suitable level of advancement and popularity to rival those in Olympia, which were founded by Heracles. Theseus arranged with the Corinthians for any Athenian visitors to the Isthmian games to be granted the privilege of front seats (prohedria, Ancient Greek προεδρία). Another version states that
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    Miss Arizona

    Miss Arizona

    The Miss Arizona competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Arizona in the Miss America pageant. Arizona has twice won the Miss America title. The year in brackets indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.
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    Miss Colombia

    Miss Colombia

    • Individual competitions: Miss Colombia 2007
    Señorita Colombia (Concurso Nacional de Belleza de Colombia) is an annual national beauty contest in Colombia that selects representatives to Miss Universe and Miss International. The winner, Miss Colombia, is sent to Miss Universe and the first runner-up, Miss Colombia International or Virreina, to Miss Miss International. The Miss Colombia pageant is held annually in the city of Cartagena de Indias. Coverage is given by the media to the contest, including by Cromos magazine which devotes entire issues to the individual contestants favored to win, and four covers of the magazine are devoted to the pageant in a 4-week period. Every major network sends news crews, and have sets built by the beach in Cartagena to report live for at least fifteen minutes every day towards the end of the news broadcast on the goings-on of the contestants. Aspirants must compete in their respective Departments to earn a title for the pageant. Colombia has strict rules regarding participation of any Miss Universe preliminary: once a contestant registers for the pageant, she is confined to her own Department and cannot jump states/provinces as happens frequently elsewhere. However, she can participate
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    Miss Louisiana Teen USA

    Miss Louisiana Teen USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2008
    The Miss Louisiana Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Louisiana in the Miss Teen USA pageant. Louisiana is ranked fifth overall in terms of the number and value of placements across all twenty-seven years of competition which is managed by RPM Productions. Louisiana is one of only seven states to have placed in the semi-finals (or better) on more than ten occasions . Notable former Miss Louisiana Teen USA titleholderss are Ali Landry, Shelley Hennig. Landry went on to win the Miss Louisiana USA and Miss USA titles in 1996 and has built a successful acting career. Hennig won the Miss Teen USA crown in 2004 and is currently an actress on Days of our Lives. Landry is one of three Louisiana teens to win the Miss Louisiana USA title. One of those was Jennifer Dupont, a Triple Crown winner. Dupont and one other teen competed at Miss America. Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant
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    Star Search

    Star Search

    • Individual competitions: Season 1 (2003)
    Star Search is a television show that was produced from 1983–95, hosted by Ed McMahon, and created by Alfred Masini. A relaunch was produced in 2003–04. The show was originally filmed at the old Earl Carroll Theatre at 6230 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood and later at the Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. On both the T.P.E./Rysher Entertainment and 2929 Productions versions of the show, contestants competed in several genres of entertainment. While categories varied slightly from season to season, the ten basic categories were: Eight categories are contested per show. Potential contestants audition to be on the show. If selected, they will compete. In each category, two people compete, a champion and a challenger. Usually the challenger performs first, while the champion performs second. In later seasons, the champion performs first. All acts are judged by a panel of four judges, each judge can award an act from one to four stars (later changed to five stars). Once both acts are complete, Ed reveals the scores, best average wins. If there is a tie, a studio audience vote breaks the tie in which the results are revealed at the end of the show. Any performer must win at least
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    American Idol

    American Idol

    • Individual competitions: American Idol - Season 1
    American Idol, titled American Idol: The Search for a Superstar for the first season, is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller and produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment. It began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002, as an addition to the Idol franchise based on the UK show Pop Idol, and has since become one of the most successful shows in the history of American television. It was the most watched TV series from 2005 to 2011 in the Nielsen ratings, and it is the only program to have been number one for seven consecutive seasons. The concept of the series is to find new solo recording artists where the winner is determined by the viewers. Winners chosen by viewers through telephone, Internet, and SMS text voting were Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips. The series employs a panel of judges who critique the contestants' performances. The original three judges were record producer and music manager Randy Jackson, pop singer and choreographer Paula Abdul and music executive and manager Simon Cowell. The
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    Dipsea Race

    Dipsea Race

    The Dipsea Race is the oldest cross-country trail running event—and one of the oldest foot races of any kind—in the United States. The 7.5 mile (12 km) long Dipsea Race has been held annually almost every year since 1905, starting in Mill Valley, and finishing at Stinson Beach, in Marin County, California. The Dipsea celebrated its 102nd running on June 10, 2012. Since 1983, the race has been held on the second Sunday in June. The Dipsea is well known for its scenic course and challenging trails. The race starts on Throckmorton Avenue in Mill Valley, near Miller Avenue, in front of the old train depot (now a bookstore). After traversing a few blocks in Mill Valley's downtown, runners climb 688 stairs leading up the side of Mount Tamalpais, and then pass through Muir Woods National Monument, Mount Tamalpais State Park, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The Dipsea Trail is the most direct route connecting the town of Mill Valley, located near the northwestern shores of Richardson Bay, with the village of Stinson Beach, situated along the Pacific coast. Stinson Beach is a popular tourist destination, located about a 30-minute drive north of San Francisco on Highway 1, via
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    Miss South Carolina

    Miss South Carolina

    The Miss South Carolina competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of South Carolina in the Miss America pageant. The pageant was first held in Myrtle Beach and moved to Greenville starting in 1958 and remained in that city until the 90s. Spartanburg has hosted the pageant for the past several years. The pageant was televised since the 1960s until the 1998 pageant. Televising was resumed with the 2000 pageant. With victories in both 1957 and 1994, South Carolina has twice won the Miss America crown. * Succeeded to the crown after Miss South Carolina won Miss America
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    Eurovision Young Dancers

    The Eurovision Young Dancers is a biennial dance showcase broadcast on television throughout Europe. Since 1985, using a format similar to the Eurovision Song Contest, every country that is a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has had the opportunity to send a dance act to compete for the title of "Eurovision Young Dancer". The act can be either a solo act or a dance couple, and all contestants must be between the ages of 15 and 21 years and not professionally engaged. The winner is chosen by television viewers across the EBU through a real-time, electronic and onscreen voting mechanism. In 2003, the competition awarded separate prizes for classical and contemporary dance. The 2007 edition of the contest did not take place as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has introduced a new teleshow the "Eurovision Dance Contest". It was originally planned that this show will return in 2009 and will take place on Friday, 19 June 2009, in Dance House, Oslo, Norway, however, as Director of Eurovision TV, Mr. Bjørn Erichsen informed on EBU press-conference in May 2009 "it has been cancelled again due to the low number of countries subscribed".
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    Miss Earth Venezuela

    Miss Earth Venezuela

    • Individual competitions: Miss Earth Venezuela 2009
    Miss Earth Venezuela or Sambil Model Venezuela is a Venezuelan beauty pageant that was created in 2005, by the Sambil organization. The winner represented Venezuela in Miss Earth; and since 2006, delegates are sent to the Miss American Continent, in Ecuador. The current titleholder is Jessica Barboza Schmidt from Maracaibo. Beginning 2010, Miss Earth Venezuela is chosen in the national pageant Miss Venezuela. This is the pageant where Miss Universe, Miss World,and Miss International are selected.
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    The Bachelorette

    • Individual competitions: The Bachelorette - Season 7
    The Bachelorette is a spin-off from the American competitive reality dating game show The Bachelor. In its January 2003 debut on ABC, the first season featured Trista Rehn, the runner-up date from the first season of The Bachelor, offering the opportunity for Rehn to choose a husband among 25 bachelors. The 2004 season of The Bachelorette again took a runner-up from the previous season of The Bachelor. After last airing on February 28, 2005, the series returned to ABC during the spring of 2008, following an absence of three years. All of the rules are adopted from its parent show, The Bachelor. The series revolves around a single bachelorette (deemed eligible) and a pool of romantic interests (typically 25; 30 in season 5), which could include a potential husband for the bachelorette. The format is the same as the parent show. Unlike The Bachelor, one of two male suitors proposes to the bachelorette for the final selection. Mike Fleiss, creator of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, as well as former contestants, have come forth confessing that both shows are scripted. The Bachelorette Season 4 winner, Jesse Csincsak, admits that contestants must follow producers' orders and that a
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    Miss Tibet

    Miss Tibet

    Miss Tibet is an annual beauty pageant held in Dharamshala, India. It is produced by Lobsang Wangyal Productions. The pageant is a much-awaited annual Tibetan event, especially popular among the younger generation of Tibetans. The purpose of the pageant is to provide a stage for young Tibetan women "to demonstrate the full range of their capabilities and interests", and to provide "role models for the younger generation, as spokespeople for their culture." The first-ever Miss Tibet Pageant was held in October 2002 and was a success despite criticism from some prominent figures of the Tibetan community. The pageant was criticized as "aping western culture" and "un-Tibetan". The pageant has continued yearly since then. In 2002, only four Tibetan girls participated in the competition. In two editions — 2003 and 2005 — the pageant had only one participant. In those years, that participant became the default winner. In 2006, the swimsuit competition was opened to the public. It was a surprising event because traditional Tibetan women wear clothing to their ankles. The Miss Tibet Pageant 2012 was cancelled in response to increased tensions in Tibet and in support of the protests
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    FIDE World Chess Championship 2004

    The FIDE World Chess Championship, 2004 was held at the Almahary Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, from June 18 to July 13. It was won by Rustam Kasimdzhanov, who beat Michael Adams in the final by a score of 4½-3½. He won prize money of around US$100,000 (US$80,000 after organiser FIDE had taken its cut), and the title of FIDE World Chess Champion. The intention was that the tournament winner played world number one Garry Kasparov in a step towards the reunification of the World Chess Championship. However that match never took place. Ever since 1993, when Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short broke away from chess governing body FIDE to play their world championship match under the auspices of the newly-formed Professional Chess Association, there had been two chess world championships: one organised by FIDE (which used the knock-out format from 1998 to 2004) and one by a variety of other bodies (in the form of a long match between champion and challenger). The 2004 FIDE Championship was a part of what was, at the time, the most serious attempt yet to reunify the title, the so-called Prague Agreement. The plan under this agreement when it was drawn up in 2002 was that reigning FIDE world
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    99
    Miss Mississippi

    Miss Mississippi

    :For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Mississippi USA Miss Mississippi is a scholarship pageant and a preliminary of Miss America. The contest began in 1934, has been held in Vicksburg since 1958, and provides more money than any other scholarship pageant in the Miss America Organization. Four Miss Mississippis have won the Miss America crown: Mary Ann Mobley (1959), Lynda Lee Mead (1960), Cheryl Prewitt (1980), and Susan Akin (1986).
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    2 votes
    100
    Miss Pakistan World

    Miss Pakistan World

    Miss Pakistan World is the only Pakistani beauty pageant for women of Pakistani origin held in Mississauga, Ontario, which is the host city. Its contestants are women with mostly Pakistani heritage from Pakistan, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe. The winner represents Pakistan in Miss Earth pageant and other events. Founded in 2002 by Pakistani-Canadian entrepreneur Sonia Ahmed, and in its first year called "Miss Canada Pakistan", the contest is held in Canada because beauty pageants are highly controversial in Pakistan and if it were held there, security for contestants would be too problematic. According to Ahmed, "Pakistan's slow changing movement to liberate its women forbids such events from taking place on its soil." The name of the pageant was changed to Miss Pakistan World, when contestants from around the world started applying for the title. It is the only pageant existing for single Pakistani women. Despite being called "Miss Pakistan World" the pageant sends its delegates to the Miss Earth contest. Naomi Zaman marked Pakistan's debut at the third largest beauty pageant in the world in 2006. However it is unclear why the titleholders do not enter the
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    South African Chess Championship

    The South African Chess Championship was first organised in 1892 by the Cape Town Chess Club. It is now organised by Chess South Africa (CHESSA), the governing body of chess in South Africa. The tournament is normally held every two years. It is restricted to chess players resident in South Africa (although exceptions have been made on occasion) and participation is by invitation only. CHESSA was formed in 1992, after unification talks between various chess bodies that commenced the previous year. The 1995 event, the first organised by CHESSA, included titled players from Angola and Zimbabwe and was run on the Swiss system. Since that date, the tournament has been held on a round-robin basis. The winner of the tournament holds the title of South African Closed Chess Champion until the next tournament is held. Historically, the tournament was usually held on a round-robin or double round-robin basis. In case of a tie for first place, a playoff match was usually conducted. In the early days, the title holder could also be challenged to a title match, and these matches are tabled below.
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    Swedish Game Awards

    Swedish Game Awards

    Swedish Game Awards is Sweden's largest video game development competition. It has been held annually since 2002 and is organized by the student-driven, non-profit entrepreneurship association at the Royal Institute of Technology, Excitera. The competition's audience is students at Swedish universities, particularly those studying game development and software engineering. Funding is handled through partnerships with various software and game development companies, e.g. Digital Illusions CE and Sun Microsystems. Swedish Game Awards started in 2002 as a PC-only game competition under the name KTH Game Awards, and was targeted mainly at students in the Stockholm area. In 2004, KTH Game Awards was merged with another competition organized by Excitera, called the Excitera Mobile Award. This led to the creation of special class for mobile phone games, which has remained during subsequent runs. At the same time, the name was changed to Swedish Game Awards to reflect the increase in scope from local to national competition, as well as the fact that the competition had grown to be the largest of its kind in Sweden. The competition has gradually gained recognition from Swedish game
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    William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

    The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, often abbreviated to the Putnam Competition, is an annual mathematics competition for undergraduate college students enrolled at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada (regardless of the students' nationalities). It awards scholarships with cash prizes ranging from $250 to $2,500 for the top students and $5,000 to $25,000 for the top schools, plus the top ten individual scores get tuition waived at Harvard, and the top 100 individual scores have their names mentioned by rank to leading universities. It is considered by many to be the most prestigious university-level mathematics examination in the world. The competition was founded in 1927 by Elizabeth Lowell Putnam in memory of her husband William Lowell Putnam, who was an advocate of intercollegiate intellectual competition. The exam has been offered annually since 1938 and is administered by the Mathematical Association of America. The Putnam competition now takes place on the first Saturday in December, and consists of two three-hour sittings separated by a lunch break. The test is supervised by faculty members at the participating schools. Each
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    Canadian Idol

    • Individual competitions: Canadian Idol - Season 6
    Canadian Idol was a Canadian reality television competition show which aired on CTV, based on the British show Pop Idol. The show was a competition to find the most talented young singer in Canada, and was hosted by Ben Mulroney. Jon Dore was the "roving reporter" for the first three seasons (appearing in comedy skits throughout the show). Elena Juatco (a season 2 contestant) assumed the role for season four, Dave Kerr had the role in season five and Jully Black in season six. The show began with a cross-Canada tour in which singers audition in front of four judges: Jake Gold, Sass Jordan of Montreal, Quebec, Zack Werner of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Farley Flex of Ajax, Ontario. Eventually the performers were narrowed down to 10 finalists (11 in season one due to a near-tie), with each competitor performing live. Viewers had two hours following the broadcast of the show to phone in their votes for their favourite competitor. On the following night's episode (live again), the competitor with the fewest votes was sent home. After the final two perform, viewers had more than two hours to vote. The next day (five days later in season 4; two days later in season 6), the competitor with
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    105
    Indian Idol

    Indian Idol

    • Individual competitions: Indian Idol - Season 5
    Indian Idol is an adaptation of the Pop Idol format. It started airing in India with the first season in 2004–2005 and followed that with second (2005–2006), third (2007) and fourth (2008–2009) seasons. In February 2010, Sony Entertainment Television announced the launch of the Fifth season. The Fifth season of Indian Idol started airing on Sony TV from 26 April 2010 and concluded on 15 August 2010, when Sreeram Chandra, participant from Hyderabad, India was named the Indian Idol 5. In addition to a recording contract with Sony BMG, the winner of Indian Idol 5 was awarded a one year contract with Sony Entertainment Television worth 50,00,000, a Suzuki GS-150R motorbike, a Tata Winger Platinum car and a chance to be a playback singer in a forthcoming movie of Yash Raj Films, said a press release issued by Sony Entertainment Television. One of the Top 5 Contestants will also be given the opportunity to become an RJ in Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM. The new series sees two new judges – Bollywood playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan and composer and singer Salim Merchant. The third judge is Anu Malik, who has been a judge on the show since its launch in 2004. Indian Idol 6 – the new season has
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    106
    Miss Earth United States

    Miss Earth United States

    Miss Earth United States is a beauty pageant held annually and conducted by Earth Pageants Productions to select the United States representative to Miss Earth. It is one of the official preliminaries to the international Miss Earth, one of the three largest international pageants. The pageant focuses mainly on promoting environmental causes and winners are chosen equally on their physical attributes as well as their understanding and knowledge of the issues affecting the Earth. The delegates from 2001–2005 were either selected from a group of applicants or won the Ms. America International pageant where the prize was to represent the United States at the Miss Earth Pageant. In the past 5 years, the winners of Miss Earth United States have been former delegates of the Miss USA pageant. Amanda Kimmel, Miss Montana USA 2005 (Top 8 at Miss Earth 2005) was the first Miss USA delegate to crossover and win the pageant. Kimmel is so far, the highest ranking American delegate at Miss Earth since its inception in 2001. Miss Earth
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    107
    Miss Louisiana USA

    Miss Louisiana USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Louisiana USA 2004
    The Miss Louisiana USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Louisiana in the Miss USA pageant. Louisiana is one of the most successful states at Miss USA and is one of only seven states to have had three or more Miss USAs. Three Miss Louisiana USA titleholders previously held the Miss Louisiana Teen USA title, including Ali Landry, who won the Miss USA title in 1996. Jennifer Dupont, Miss Louisiana USA 2000 is one of only seven woman who have held competed in the Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss America pageants. Jeanne Vaughn Thompson, Miss Louisiana USA 1952 and 1953 is the only woman to compete in Miss USA twice. She is also the only woman to hold the state title twice and) at Miss USA twice. Louisiana is one only two states to have won both Miss USA title and the Miss Photogenic award in the same year, on two occasions. Miss Louisiana USA is produced by RPM Productions. Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    108
    Miss Spain

    Miss Spain

    • Individual competitions: Miss Spain 1990
    Miss España is the main annual beauty pageant of Spain that selects the official representative to the Miss Universe pageant. Runners-up go to Miss World, Miss Earth and Miss International. Its origins go back to 1929, when early contests took place until the advent of civil war in 1936, followed by the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, which did not permit beauty pageants until 1961. It is currently broadcast to the entire country by Telecinco, from the Marina d'Or resort, in the province of Castellón. Any woman who wants to participate in Miss Spain must appear before provincial branches of the pageant, and learn about the requirements needed, as well as methods for selection to be carried out in that province. Once selected by a delegation, they will represent their province in the contest. After a month of preliminary competition, events and cultural activities around the country, the new Miss Spain is selected. The winner of Miss Spain is sent to represent her country in Miss Universe. However, if Miss Spain is underage, a runner-up is sent to Miss Universe. Overall in these international pageants, Spain's success has been moderate with one Miss Universe title in 1974 and 3
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    Pop Idol

    • Individual competitions: Pop Idol - Season 1
    Pop Idol is a British television music competition which debuted on ITV on 6 October 2001. The aim of the show was to decide the best new young pop singer (or "pop idol") in the UK based on viewer voting and participation. Two series were broadcast - one in 2001-02 and a second in 2003. Pop Idol was cancelled in February 2004, and was replaced later that year with The X Factor. The Idol series has become an international franchise, although a legal dispute with the makers of Popstars meant that the word "Pop" had to be excluded from the title. As such, spin-offs have included American Idol, Arab Idol, Australian Idol, Latin American Idol, Idols (Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, South Africa, West Africa, Serbia-Montenegro & Macedonia), Idool (Belgium), Canadian Idol, Indian Idol, Indonesian Idol, New Zealand Idol, Hay Superstar (Armenia), Idol stjörnuleit (Iceland), Pinoy Idol (Philippines), Idol (Sweden), Idol (Norway), Idol (Poland), Nouvelle Star (France), Deutschland sucht den Superstar (Germany), Singapore Idol, Malaysian Idol, Vietnam Idol, Music Idol (Bulgaria), Ídolos (Brazil and Portugal), Greek Idol, Super Star (Arab States), Hrvatska traži zvijezdu (Croatia), SuperStar KZ
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    U.S. Chess Championship

    The U.S. Chess Championship is an invitational tournament held to determine the national chess champion of the United States. Begun as a challenge match in 1845, the U.S. Championship has been decided by tournament play for most of its long history (Soltis, 2012). Since 1936, it has been held under the auspices of the U.S. Chess Federation. Until 1999, the event consisted of a round-robin tournament of varying size. From 1999 to 2006, the Championship was sponsored and organized by the Seattle Chess Foundation (later renamed America's Foundation for Chess) as a large Swiss system tournament. AF4C withdrew its sponsorship in 2007. The 2007 and 2008 events were held (again under the Swiss system) in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The 2009 event was held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in St Louis. America's national chess championship is not only the world's oldest; it has been the richest, the most experimental and, appropriately, the most democratic. S. Lipschütz is regarded as the first US Champion of this period, as a result of being the top-scoring American at the sixth American Chess Congress, New York 1889. The following US Champions until 1909 were decided by
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    BEST Robotics

    BEST, Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology, is a national 6-week robotics competition in the United States held each fall, designed to help interest middle school and high school students in possible engineering careers. The games are similar in scale to the FIRST Tech Challenge. While preparing for Engineering Day at the Texas Instruments facility in Sherman, Texas, engineers Ted Mahler and Steve Marum, along with several students, watched a video featuring the work Woodie Flowers was doing with his students at MIT, and wondered why they could not extend this idea to high school students. The BEST competition began in 1993 in Sherman, Texas with one small hub featuring 14 schools (one from San Antonio) and 221 students. Currently, BEST has hubs across the country. There are approximately 10,000 students, 800+ teams, 35 hubs in 15 states, and 3 regionals. Any school may start a team; there is no cost to participate. The hubs rely on local financial support from businesses and universities. Anyone can start a new hub serving a minimum of eight teams. On average, the cost for the first year of running a hub with 24 teams is $28,000. Based on the task for the year, each team
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    International Aerial Robotics Competition

    International Aerial Robotics Competition

    The International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) began in 1991 on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology and is the longest running university-based robotics competition in the world. Since 1991, collegiate teams with the backing of industry and government have fielded autonomous flying robots in an attempt to perform missions requiring robotic behaviors never before exhibited by a flying machine. In 1990, the term “aerial robotics” was coined by competition creator Robert Michelson to describe a new class of small highly intelligent flying machines. The successive years of competition saw these aerial robots grow in their capabilities from vehicles that could at first barely maintain themselves in the air, to the most recent automatons which are self-stable, self-navigating, and able to interact with their environment—especially objects on the ground. The primary goal of the competition has been to provide a reason for the state-of-the art in aerial robotics to move forward. Challenges set before the international collegiate community have been geared towards producing advances in the state-of-the-art at an increasingly aggressive pace. From 1991 through 2009, a
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    113

    Miss Rhode Island Teen USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1992
    The Miss Rhode Island Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Rhode Island in the Miss Teen USA pageant. Rhode Island has placed six times at the Miss Teen USA Pageant, most recently in 2009 when Talia Turco made the top 15. The state's first finalist was Shaelyn McNally in 2006. One of those semi-finalists was Shanna Moakler, who would later win the Miss New York USA pageant and take the Miss USA title when Chelsi Smith won Miss Universe. Other notable Miss Rhode Island Teen USAs are Claudia Jordan, who was also Miss Rhode Island USA 1997 and has appeared on The Price is Right and Deal or No Deal and Gina Tognoni, known for her portrayal of Kelly Cramer on the soap opera One Life to Live from 1995 to 2001 and her appearance as Dinah Marler on CBS's Guiding Light. Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant
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    Ronde van Vlaanderen

    The Tour of Flanders (Dutch: Ronde van Vlaanderen, French: Tour des Flandres) is a Flanders Classics road cycling race held in Belgium every spring, a week before the Paris–Roubaix road race. It is part of the UCI World Tour and one of the so-called monuments of the European professional calendar. It is the most important cycling race in Flanders. Its nickname is Vlaanderens mooiste (Dutch for "Flanders' finest"). The Tour of Flanders was conceived in 1913 by Karel Van Wijnendaele, co-founder of the sportspaper Sportwereld. In that era it was customary for publishers of newspapers and magazines to organise cycling races as a way of promoting circulation. The race was before the second world war usually on the same day as the Milan–San Remo competition in Italy. Prominent Italian and French racers preferred the latter which explains why there was only a single non-Belgian winner before the war. After the war the race grew in importance when it became a part of the Challenge Desgrange-Colombo, a precursor of today's UCI ProTour, of which it is now a major round. The record holders are the Belgians, Achiel Buysse, Eric Leman, Johan Museeuw, and Tom Boonen, and the Italian, Fiorenzo
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    Ryder Cup

    • Individual competitions: 2008 Ryder Cup
    The Ryder Cup (officially the Ryder Cup Matches) is a biennial golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. The competition, which is jointly administered by the PGA of America and the PGA European Tour, is contested every two years with the venue alternating between courses in the USA and Europe. It began following an exhibition match in 1926 between a team comprising American professionals against a similar one drawn from the British PGA on the East Course at Wentworth Club, in Surrey, England. The Ryder Cup is named after the English entrepreneur Samuel Ryder who originally donated the trophy. The first official Ryder Cup took place in 1927 at Worcester Country Club, in Massachusetts, US. These early matches between the United States and Great Britain remained fairly even. It was not until the competition's resumption after the Second World War that repeated American dominance led to a decision, initiated by Jack Nicklaus, to extend the representation to continental Europe from 1979. The Republic of Ireland was officially included in the British team of 1973. Meanwhile, other Irish players had begun to compete in 1953 and Northern Irish players had competed
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    United States of America Mathematical Talent Search

    The United States of America Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a mathematics competition open to all United States students in or below high school. Professor George Berzsenyi initiated the contest in 1989 under the KöMaL model and under joint sponsorship of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications. As of 2004, the USAMTS is sponsored by the National Security Agency and administered by the Art of Problem Solving foundation. There were 718 participants in the 2004-2005 school year, with an average score of 49.25 out of 100. The competition is proof and research based, Students submit proofs within the round's timeframe (usually a month), and return solutions by mail or upload their solutions in a PDF file through the USAMTS website. During this time, students are free to use any mathematical resources that are available, so long as it is not the help of another person. Carefully written justifications are required for each problem. Prior to academic year 2010–2011 the competition consisted of four rounds of five problems each, covering all non-calculus topics. Students were given approximately one month to solve the
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    The Glee Project

    The Glee Project

    • Individual competitions: The Glee Project - Season 1
    The Glee Project is an American reality television series from Oxygen. It serves as an audition for the FOX musical comedy series Glee, and the prize for the winner is a seven-episode arc in the following season of the show. The show's first season premiered in the US on June 12, 2011, and concluded on August 21, 2011. In Canada, the series began airing on Slice on June 26, 2011, and in the UK, the series began airing on Sky One on July 14, 2011. A second season aired in the US from June 5 to August 14, 2012. Glee executive producers Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto are executive producers for The Glee Project. Glee's casting director, Robert Ulrich, is casting director for the project. Each episode of The Glee Project is given an overall theme and covers events that have taken place in about the time span of a week. The following is how the events are broadcast. Although originally planned to begin broadcasting in late May 2011, The Glee Project premiered on June 12, 2011, and aired a two-hour extended premiere where the first hour showed the audition process and selection of the twelve contenders, and the second hour was the first episode of the series. The Canadian and UK
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    Arafura Games

    Arafura Games

    The Arafura Games is a unique, inclusive multi-sport event where athletes with a disability compete in the same program as able-bodied athletes. Competitors from around the world compete in the week-long games held every 2 years in the Australian city of Darwin, in the Northern Territory. Called a "meeting of Sporting Neighbours", the Arafura Games takes its name from the Arafura Sea, which lies between northern Australia and Southeast Asia. Nations along the Arafura Sea originally formed the basis of the Arafura Games, however in recent years countries from further afield have participated, including USA, England, Brazil and Liechtenstein. The most recent Games, held in 2011, involved over 40 nations and over 2,500 athletes. The next event will be held 11–18 May 2013. First held in 1991. A foundation sport of the Arafura Games, Basketball has grown from a 4 team competition with teams from around the Darwin region to an 8 team international competition with teams from all over the world. The Games were known as the Arafura Sports Festival up until 1997. These Games were the first ever international sporting festival to have Australian Rules Football as an international competition
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    Battle of the Year

    Battle of the Year

    Battle of the Year, commonly referred to as BOTY, is an annual international b-boying series that began in 1990. It is a crew (as opposed to individual) competition. Regional qualifying tournaments, also known as preliminaries, are held worldwide culminating in the BOTY International, the world finals event which was held at the Volkswagenhalle in Braunschweig, Germany until 2009. Since 2010, the world finals take place in Montpellier, France. Battle of the Year is widely regarded as the premier b-boying tournament in the world, frequently referred to as the "World Cup of B-Boying". Battle of the year creates "spaces for a globalization at the bottom, bringing people together across the barriers of geography, language, and race". Benson Lee filmed a documentary on the Battle of the Year called Planet B-Boy which gives a point of view on what type of people take part in the Battle of the Year. "BOTY becomes more and more international and that means more and more popular. So the capacity of the venues grows and every year there are some more key men in the BOTY-team. One of their aims is to integrate young and motivated people. And it's necessary to do it because it is getting
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    120
    Masterchef (UK)

    Masterchef (UK)

    • Individual competitions: Masterchef (UK) - Season 15
    MasterChef is a BBC television cooking game show. It initially ran from 1990 to 2001 and was later revived in a different format known as MasterChef Goes Large from 2005 onwards. In 2008, the "Goes Large" part of the name was dropped, but the format remains identical. The revamped format was devised by Franc Roddam and John Silver with Karen Ross producing. The series now appears in three versions: the main MasterChef series, MasterChef: The Professionals for working chefs, and Celebrity MasterChef. All three versions have been commissioned up to and including 2011. A further version, Junior MasterChef, for 10-to-12-year-olds, was also broadcast in May 2010. Series 6 of Celebrity MasterChef began 12 September 2011 and finished on 22 October 2011, airing in a new daily daytime slot on BBC One at 2.15 pm. Catch-up shows were aired on Fridays at 20:30 (30 minutes long) and early evenings on Saturdays (60 minutes long) during the series. The winner was announced on the final Saturday catch-up show. Series 7 began 13 August 2012 on BBC Two, in a new regular slot at 6.30 pm for six weeks. Series 4 of MasterChef: The Professionals began 7 November 2011 on BBC Two and ended on 15 December
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    Miss America

    Miss America

    • Individual competitions: Miss America 2001
    The Miss America pageant is a long-standing competition which awards scholarships to young women from the 50 states plus the Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The winner of the national pageant is awarded the title of "Miss America" for one year. The pageant originated as a beauty contest in 1921, but now prefers to avoid this term since Swimsuit and Evening Wear comprise only 35 percent of the overall score used to judge contestants. The pageant began in Atlantic City, New Jersey and was held there each year in September through 2004 (except for the year 2000, when it was held on October 14). In January 2006, the pageant moved to its new home and time in Las Vegas, Nevada. The pageant presents itself as a "scholarship pageant," and the primary prizes for the winner and her runners-up are scholarships to the institution of her choice. The Miss America Scholarship program, along with its local and state affiliates, is the largest provider of scholarship money to young women in the United States and in the world. In 2006 it made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. Since most of the contestants are college graduates already, or on
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    Miss Connecticut USA

    Miss Connecticut USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Connecticut USA 2008
    The Miss Connecticut USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Connecticut in the Miss USA pageant. This pageant is currently licensed to, and produced by, Sanders & Associates, Inc.. Despite a number of semi-finals placements in the 1960s, Connecticut is overall one of the least successful states at Miss USA. From 1969 until 2002, not one Miss Connecticut USA had placed at the national competition. This spell was broken by Alita Dawson, who placed 4th runner-up. Dawson was one of three former Miss Connecticut Teen USAs to win the Miss crown (although a former Miss Wisconsin Teen USA also won this competition). Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    Miss Pennsylvania

    Miss Pennsylvania

    The Miss Pennsylvania competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Pennsylvania in the Miss America Pageant. Pennsylvania, including early years' city representatives, has won the Miss American crown on 5 occasions. Original held in Hershey, the Pageant moved to West Chester where pageants were held during the 1950s. The Pageant was held in Altoona from 1974. In 1994, Easton was chosen as the new venue of the Pageant and the date was shifted from June to May. In November 2008, the Pageant was moved to the Pittsburgh area.
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    Miss Rhode Island

    Miss Rhode Island

    The Miss Rhode Island competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Rhode Island in the Miss America pageant.
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    125
    The Voice

    The Voice

    • Individual competitions: The Voice (US) - Season 1
    The Voice is an American reality talent show that premiered on April 26, 2011, on the NBC television network. Based on the reality singing competition The Voice of Holland, the series was created by Dutch television producer John de Mol and is executive produced by Mark Burnett. It is part of an international series. The Voice immediately proved to be a hit for NBC and as of September 2012, the network is airing the third season. The second season premiered February 5, 2012, immediately following NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI. The series is part of The Voice franchise and is based on a similar competition format in the Netherlands entitled The Voice of Holland won by Ben Saunders. The first American series was hosted by Carson Daly, with Alison Haislip serving as the backstage and social networking correspondent. The winner received $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic Records (seasons 1–2), Universal Music Group (season 3). Daly and the entire judging panel returned for season two; however, Christina Milian replaced Haislip as the social media correspondent. The series consists of three phases: a blind audition, a battle phase, and live performance shows. Four
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    University Rover Challenge

    University Rover Challenge

    The University Rover Challenge (URC) is an annual international competition hosted by the Mars Society for University and College students to complete a given scenario using a rover the team has built. The competition is held at the Mars Desert Research Station, outside of Hanksville, Utah. The site was selected by the Mars Society for its geographic similarity to Mars - in addition to being a largely barren desert area, the soil in the area has a chemical composition nearly identical to Martian soil. The first URC was held on Saturday June 2, 2007 at 7:00 AM MST. The second URC was held on June 5–7, 2008. beginning at 8:00 AM MST. The third URC was held May 28–30, 2009, beginning with an orientation at 11:00 AM MST beginning in the Whispering Sands motel parking lot. The competition is run under the basic assumption that the rovers being designed are being designed as assistive rovers for a manned mission to mars, and as such, are allowed recharge times between events, and are allowed un-delayed radio communications with the team running the rover. The most recent year's event also required that the propulsion and power systems of the rover be easily adaptable to Martian
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    USSR Chess Championship

    This is a list of all the winners of the USSR Chess Championship. It was the strongest national chess championship ever held, with eight world chess champions and four world championship finalists among its winners. The USSR championship was held as a round-robin tournament with the exception of the 35th and 58th championships, which were Swiss system tournaments. Most wins:
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    Giro d'Italia

    Giro d'Italia

    The Giro d'Italia (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒiːro diˈtaːlja]; English: Tour of Italy) is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in Italy, while also occasionally passing through nearby countries. The race was first organized in 1909 to increase the sales for the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport; however it's now currently run by RCS Sport. The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1909 except for when it was stopped for the two World Wars. As the Giro gained prominence and popularity the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend around the globe. The peloton expanded from primarily Italian participation to riders from all over the world now participating each year. The Giro is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI Proteams, with the exception of the teams that the organizers can invite. Along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, the Giro makes up cycling's prestigious, three week-long Grand Tours. The Giro is usually held during late May and early June. While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same with the appearance of at least two time trials, the
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    Miss New Mexico

    Miss New Mexico

    For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss New Mexico USA The Miss New Mexico competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of New Mexico in the Miss America pageant. Delegates from New Mexico have each reached the Semi Finals of Miss America six times (in 1961, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1974, and 1985).
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    SEAMEO Mathematics Olympiad

    The Southeast Asian Mathematics Olympiad, or SEA-MO, is the Regional Mathematics Competition in Southeast Asia. This competition is organised by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM), which bases its operations in Penang, Malaysia. Unlike the International Mathematical Olympiad, the venue for this competition is not rotated from country to country and it has been held in Penang, Malaysia since its conception. Each participating country is represented by four participants, a team leader and deputy leader. Participation in this event is strictly by invitation only. In 2005, the nine countries which participated were Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Competitors have to sit for three papers: the Short Answer test consisting of twenty questions; the Individual Power Test which spans three hours and comprises five questions; and the Team Test. As the competition is still in its formative years, the dates of the SEA-MO are not fixed. The organising committee is now working towards eventually being able to hold the competition every two
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    Tour de France

    Tour de France

    • Individual competitions: 2011 Tour de France
    The Tour de France (French pronunciation: [tuʁ də fʁɑ̃s]) is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. The race was first organized in 1903 to increase paper sales for the magazine L'Auto; it is currently run by the Amaury Sport Organization. The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1903 except for when it was stopped for the two World Wars. As the Tour gained prominence and popularity the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend around the globe. Participation expanded from a primarily French field, as riders from all over the world began to participate in the race each year. The Tour is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI ProTeams, with the exception of the teams that the organizers invite. Along with the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España, the Tour makes up cycling's prestigious, three-week-long Grand Tours. Traditionally, the race is usually held primarily in the month of July. While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same with the appearance of at least two time trials, the passage
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    America's Cup

    America's Cup

    • Individual competitions: 2010 America's Cup
    The America’s Cup is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America's Cup match races between two sailing yachts. One yacht, known as the defender, represents the yacht club that currently holds the America's Cup and the second yacht, known as the challenger, represents the yacht club that is challenging for the cup. The America's Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport. The trophy was originally awarded in 1851 by the Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wight, which was won by the schooner America. The trophy was renamed the America's Cup after the boat and was donated to the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) under the terms of the Deed of Gift, which made the cup available for perpetual international competition. Any yacht club that meets the requirements specified in the Deed of Gift has the right to challenge the yacht club that holds the Cup. If the challenging club wins the match, it gains stewardship of the cup. The history and prestige associated with the America's Cup attracts not only the world's top sailors and yacht designers but also the involvement of wealthy entrepreneurs and sponsors. It is a test not only of sailing skill and boat and sail
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    EU Individual Open Chess Championship

    EU Individual Open Chess Championship

    The EU Individual Open Championship was first contested in Cork, Ireland in 2005, under the auspices of organising body, the European Chess Union (ECU). The event is open to members of chess federations within the European Union. Exceptionally, at the discretion of the organisers, guest players have also been allowed to compete; for example, when the host nation has non-EU neighbours. Since the inaugural event, the contest has been held on an annual basis, sometimes in conjunction with the celebrations of cities awarded European Capital of Culture status. Financial backing has not been consistently high, but in the case of Liverpool 2008, the prize fund totalled £30,000, which was large enough to attract many of the EU's strongest players. The events are run on an inclusive format, open to a range of players of varying standard, typically from Elo 1600 to 2700 or more, but unrated players are also eligible to play. Substantial prize money is awarded not just to the overall top finishers, but also to the highest finishing women and junior players. Additional prizes go to those showing the best rating improvement over the course of the tournament. The time limits for play tend not to
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    Micromouse

    Micromouse is an event where small robot mice solve a 16x16 maze. It began in late 1970s, although there is some indication of events in 1950. Events are held worldwide, and are most popular in the UK, U.S., Japan, Singapore, India and South Korea. The maze is made up of a 16 by 16 grid of cells, each 180 mm square with walls 50 mm high. The mice are completely autonomous robots that must find their way from a predetermined starting position to the central area of the maze unaided. The mouse will need to keep track of where it is, discover walls as it explores, map out the maze and detect when it has reached the goal. Having reached the goal, the mouse will typically perform additional searches of the maze until it has found an optimal route from the start to the center. Once the optimal route has been found, the mouse will run that route in the shortest possible time. Mice can run at over three meters per second, with current world records around 4 seconds , depending on the maze design. Mice can use various searching algorithms. Common search algorithms use variations of the Bellman Flood-fill method . A new version of Micromouse called the Half Size Micromouse has been
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    Miss Kansas Teen USA

    Miss Kansas Teen USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Kansas Teen USA 1996
    The Miss Kansas Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Kansas in the Miss Teen USA pageant. This pageant has been part of the Vanbros organisation since 1992, and in 2006, they celebrated their fifteen-year anniversary with a reunion of former titleholders at the 2007 pageant. For the first time, all the judges for both the Miss Kansas USA and Miss Kansas Teen USA pageants were former titleholders from the Vanbros states: Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Prior to 1994, the pageant was held concurrently with the Miss Kansas USA event, which was hosted by Kansas City. In 1994, the pageant was moved to Wichita. In 2000, the pageant directors moved the event to the small town of Maize, just outside Wichita, where it was also held the following year, before it was brought back to Wichita proper from 2002-2003. The pageant was held in Overland Park for the first time in 2004 and also in 2005. In 2006, it moved to Lawrence. Kansas had a slow start at Miss Teen USA, and did not place until 1991. Despite this, they placed extremely well in the 1990s, with one semi-finalist placing, one finalist placing, two 2nd runner-up placings and one
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    Miss Oklahoma

    Miss Oklahoma

    The Miss Oklahoma competition selects a winner to compete on behalf of Oklahoma in the Miss America pageant. Miss Oklahoma has won the crown on five occasions. Also, in the years when city representatives were common, Norma Smallwood won, competing as Miss Tulsa, giving the state of Oklahoma a total of six crowns. Oklahoma is also one of three states to win the Miss America title back to back for two years.
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    Miss Venezuela

    Miss Venezuela

    • Individual competitions: Miss Venezuela 1992
    The Miss Venezuela contest is the national beauty pageant of Venezuela and has been held since 1952. It is responsible for selecting the country's representatives to the Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth (beginning 2010) pageants (amongst others). Under the direction of Osmel Sousa, Venezuela has accumulated more international titles than any other country, including six Miss Universe winners, six Miss World winners, six Miss International winners and one Miss Earth. The pageant is traditionally held in September, preceded by two or three months of preliminary events, including the awarding of corporate prizes. The final competition telecast generally lasts about four hours and is broadcast live across Latin America by Venevisión, with edited versions to the United States and Mexico on the Univision network. Thousands of entrants apply for the pageant each year. Some young women would try for up to five or six years consecutively trying to get one of the 26 to 32 titles that will enable them to compete in the final pageant. Venezuela's 23 states, capital, and two regions of Zulia State are always represented; some years other regions of the country will have
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    New Zealand's Next Top Model

    New Zealand's Next Top Model

    • Individual competitions: New Zealand's Next Top Model, Cycle 3
    New Zealand's Next Top Model (NZNTM) is a New Zealand reality television series in which a number of young women compete for the title of New Zealand's Next Top Model and the chance to start their career in the modeling industry. The show's format was originally created by American talk-show host and model Tyra Banks. The New Zealand series is hosted by former model and 62 Models Management founder Sara Tetro, and airs on TV3 NZ. The winner of NZNTM wins a modelling contract with Sara's agency. Like its American counterpart, NZNTM features a photographer and international model on its judging panel, Chris Sisarich and Colin Mathura-Jeffree, respectively. Mathura-Jeffree also acts as runway coach to the girls, much like Miss Jay on America's Next Top Model. A group of young women live in a house together and compete for a modeling contract and the title of New Zealand's Next Top Model. Each week, the girls participate in a challenge and a photo shoot, after which one of them is sent home. The show is based on the hit American TV series America's Next Top Model, which was created/produced and hosted by television personality and former supermodel and talk show host, Tyra Banks. The
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    Vuelta a España

    Vuelta a España

    The Vuelta a España (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈβwelta a esˈpaɲa]; English: Tour of Spain) is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in Spain, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. Inspired by the success of the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, the race was first organized in 1935. The race was prevented from being run by the World Wars and the Spanish Civil War in the early years of its existence; however, the race has been held annually since 1955. As the Vuelta gained prestige and popularity the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend all around the globe. Since 1979, the event has been staged and managed by Unipublic. The peloton expanded from a primarily Spanish participation; riders from all over the world participate in the race each year. The Vuelta is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI ProTeams, with the exception of the teams that the organizers can invite. Along with the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, the Vuelta makes up cycling's prestigious, three week-long Grand Tours. While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same with the
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    Brighton Handicap

    Brighton Handicap

    The Brighton Handicap was an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually from 1895 through 1907 at the Brighton Beach Race Course in Brighton Beach, Coney Island, New York and in 1910 at Empire City Race Track. Open to horses age three and older, it was contested on dirt over a distance of a mile and a quarter (ten furlongs). In the late 19th and early part of the 20th century, the Brighton Handicap, along with the Suburban Handicap at Sheepshead Bay Race Track and the Metropolitan Handicap at Morris Park Racecourse, were the big three events of the Northeastern United States racing season. On three occasions, 1902, 1903 and 1904, a new world record was set by the race winner. In a review of Peter Pan's win in the 1907 race in front of 40,000 fans, the New York Morning Telegraph was quoted as saying the horse "accomplished a task that completely overshadowed any previous 3-year-old performance in turf history." Following passage of the Hart-Agnew anti-betting law by the Legislature of New York, Brighton Beach Race Course closed is doors permanently in 1908. The race was revived at Empire City Race Track in 1910 but even more restrictive state State legislation resulted in that
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    Idols (South Africa)

    • Individual competitions: Idols (South Africa season 7)
    Idols is a television show on the South African television network M-Net, based on the popular British show Pop Idol. The show is a contest to determine the best young singer in South Africa. It was presented by Candy Litchfield and Matthew Stewardson in Season 1. Halfway through the season Stewardson was replaced by Sami Sabiti. After Colin Moss and Letoya Makhene hosted together in Season 2, Moss went solo for season 3. Liezl van der Westhuizen became the host in season 4 and was sidekicked by ProVerb in season 5 who hosted the semifinal rounds. In 2006 the show had a spin-off on sister channel KykNet where exactly the same format was executed. However the entire programme was in Afrikaans as well as the songs that were performed. So far there has only been one season of Afrikaans Idols. It was hosted by Sean Else. After several auditions the performers are narrowed down to 100 in the theatre rounds. After that the semifinalists perform live and are chosen by the audience to qualify for the round of the last 10-12 finalists. There were four judges (Randall Abrahams, Dave Thompson, Marcus Brewster and Penny Lebyane in season one; Brewster and Lebyane did not return for the second
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    Maloof Money Cup

    Maloof Money Cup

    The Maloof Money Cup is an annual skateboarding competition for amateur and professional skateboarders founded by Joe and Gavin Maloof of the Maloof family. The Maloof Money Cup's main goal is to raise the awareness of skateboarding not only in the United States but all around the world. They believe the event will help local skate shops everywhere. They also plan on giving back to the community as much as they can. The inaugural event was held in 2008 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Orange County, California, with approximately 200,000 attendees. In 2010 they expanded to New York and South Africa where they held their very first ever Maloof Money Cup World Skateboarding Championships in Kimberley, South Africa. As of 2011, the Maloof Money Cup is held in New York, South Africa, and Washington, DC. This event offers the biggest cash purse out of any other skateboarding competition or event so far. Professional skaters can take home as much as $160,000 for winning an event. A million dollar bonus is awarded to a participant that wins four consecutive tournaments. Many of the skate parks made for the event are collaborations between the event organization, the skaters and the host
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    Miss Australia

    • Individual competitions: Miss Australia 1972
    Miss Australia is the title for the winner of the Miss Australia Quest/Awards, which ran from 1954 until 2000, when the last Miss Australia was named. The title of Miss Australia had existed since 1908, although it was not until 1954 that it became associated with The Spastic Centres of Australia. The Miss Australia Quest was sponsored and organised from 1954 until the early 1960s by the lingerie manufacturer, Hickory, until Dowd Associates transferred the ownership to the Australian Cerebral Palsy Association in 1963. From 1926 the program operated under the name of The Miss Australia Quest until 1992 when it was changed to The Miss Australia Awards to reflect changing community attitudes. Miss Australia raised money for The Spastic Centres of Australia through her family and friends. She was judged on merit, as well as raising the monies for children and adults with cerebral palsy. The pearl-encrusted Miss Australia crown, worn by titleholders from 1965 to 1991, is held at the National Museum of Australia. The crown was hand-crafted in silver and blue velvet, and decorated with more than 800 pearls. Designed by Melbourne artist Ernest Booth and manufactured in Japan, the crown
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    Miss Colorado

    Miss Colorado

    The Miss Colorado competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Colorado in the Miss America pageant. Colorado has won the Miss America crown on three occasions.
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    Miss Egypt

    Miss Egypt

    Miss Egypt, (Egyptian Arabic: ملكة جمال مصر, IPA: [ˈmæleket ɡæˈmæːl ˈmɑsˤɾ]) is an Egyptian beauty pageant that qualifies delegates to international beauty contests. The first Miss Egypt contest was held in 1929. The only winner that held the title of Miss World was Antigone Costanda in 1954. The pageant has been sponsored by the hair care company, Pantene since 1986. Many of the winners have found notable careers in television. It also introduced models and actresses such as Marina Papaelia and Dalida Gigliotti. Miss Egypt Organization currently sends delegates to Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth beauty pageants.
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    Miss Indiana USA

    Miss Indiana USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Indiana USA 1960
    The Miss Indiana USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Indiana in the Miss USA pageant. Ten Miss Indiana USA winners previously competed at Miss Teen USA. The state currently holds the record for the most Miss Teen USA state winners to win a Miss USA state title. Two have competed at Miss America. One of these is Kelly Lloyd, the highest placed Miss Indiana Teen USA ever. Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    Miss Nebraska

    Miss Nebraska

    The Miss Nebraska competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Nebraska in the Miss America pageant.
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    Miss Nebraska USA

    Miss Nebraska USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Nebraska USA 2008
    The Miss Nebraska USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Nebraska in the Miss USA pageant. In 2002, Nebraska joined the Vanbros group of state pageants for the Miss USA and Teen USA system. Nebraska is one of the least successful states at Miss USA, having only placed 10 times. They were most successful in the 1950s, placing 6 times, with three runner up placements. Their highest placement was in 1955 which was 2nd runner up. Belinda Wright's top 15 placement in 2010 was Nebraska's first semi-final placement since 1980 and first to win Miss Congeniality. Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    Miss United Kingdom

    Miss United Kingdom

    Miss United Kingdom is a title held by the highest-ranked British contestant in the Miss World pageant. The winner sometimes competes at Miss International the following year under the Britain or United Kingdom banner.. Up until 2000, Miss United Kingdom was a national beauty pageant held to choose a representative for the Miss World Pageant. In 1999, Scotland and Wales had their own contestants, and in 2000, England and Northern Ireland sent their own representatives. The existing organization now runs the Miss England competition. The pageant came to include the whole of the United Kingdom from 1960 onwards. Traditionally there would be regional heats from the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom and a certain number of top contestants from the regions would then compete for the UK title. Although England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have had separate representatives in other international pageants, Miss World did not allow this until the creation of separate Parliaments in the United Kingdom. In 1999, Scotland (represented by Stephanie Norrie) and Wales (represented by Clare Marie Daniels) debuted in Miss World. England & Northern Ireland was represented by
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    Miss Universe Canada

    Miss Universe Canada

    • Individual competitions: Miss Universe Canada 2009
    Miss Universe Canada is an annual national beauty pageant that selects Canada's representative to the Miss Universe pageant since 2003. Beauties of Canada Organization gained the exclusive rights to send a Canadian representative to the Miss Universe Pageant in 2002. Created by Brandon Mclennan, the company president is Nicaraguan-born Canadian, Denis Davila. The Miss Universe Canada contest was first held in 2003, with the first winner being Leanne Marie Cecile. Cecile made the top 10 in Miss Universe 2003. Natalie Glebova was crowned the winner in 2005, and went on to become Miss Universe 2005. Glebova's successor, Alice Panikian was viewed as a strong contender to win the 2006 Miss Universe crown and placed in the Top 10. The 2012 contest was accused of transphobia after disqualifying a transgender contestant, Jenna Talackova (Jana Talačková), for not being a "naturally born female". A spokesperson from Miss Universe Canada released a statement saying she was disqualified because on her entry form she stated she was born a female, which was not the case. Eventually, Talackova was let back into the competition.
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    Pro Tour

    • Individual competitions: Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour season 1996–97
    The Pro Tour (PT) is the highest form of competitive play for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. It consists of a series of payout tournaments held throughout the world, each requiring an invitation to participate. Every PT awards a total of $230,000 in cash prizes, with $40,000 going to the winner alone. Pro Tour competitors also receive Pro Points, the amount depending on their results. Pro Points award special benefits to players, including automatic qualification and travel awards for subsequent Pro Tours. Ranking within the Top 8 of a Pro Tour is considered to be one of the greatest accomplishment a competitive Magic player can achieve. Professional players are thus often compared by the number of Pro Tour Top 8 finishes they have made throughout their career. The most successful players on the Pro Tour are Kai Budde who won seven Pro Tours out of ten Top 8 finishes and Jon Finkel who won three Pro Tours while making it to the Top 8 fourteen times. The first major Magic: The Gathering tournament was the 1994 World Championship held at Gen Con '94. It was a single-elimination 512-person Constructed event run over three days of competition. The winner, Zak Dolan,
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    Señorita Panamá

    Señorita Panamá

    • Individual competitions: Señorita Panamá 2004
    Señorita Panamá or Miss Panamá is the common name or sash used to identify a Panamanian representative in an international pageant. Concurso de Nacional de la Belleza Miss Panamá selects four winners to represent Panama to Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Earth, and Miss International.The first national pageant was Miss Panamá held from 1982 to 1987. In 1982, Señorita Panamá was created as an alternative to send its winners to the Miss World contest in London. These pageants, along with smaller pageants such as Miss International Panamá and Miss World Panamá celebrated to select delegates for international representations. After 28 years, the Señorita Panamá pageant, organized by Medcom Corporation, was discontinued. A new organization took over in 2011 with the official name of the contest being "Miss Panama" (not to be confused with Señorita Panamá or Bellezas Panamá). In 2012, Miss Panamá National Beauty Contest (Concurso de Nacional de la Belleza Miss Panama) under the direction of the Miss Panamá Organization (ORGANIZACIÓN MISS PANAMA s.a.) obtained 2 other national franchises to select representatives to Miss Earth and Miss International. The 2012 edition of Miss Panamá
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    Soap Box Derby

    Soap Box Derby

    The Soap Box Derby is a youth soapbox car racing program which has been run in the United States since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. Cars competing in this and related events are unpowered, relying completely upon gravity to move. In the wake of the first car races, local kid auto races took place in the US at a very early stage. In 1914 the motion picture Kid Auto Races at Venice starring Charlie Chaplin was shown in the cinemas. In 1933 Myron Scott, a photographer for Dayton, Ohio newspaper Dayton Daily News, put together an impromptu race for 19 boys. There was so much interest that Scott arranged a bigger race, with prize money for August 19. "An amazing crowd of 362 kids showed up with homemade cars built of orange crates, sheet tin, wagon and baby-buggy wheels...." The following year, the first All-American race was held on August 19. The national winner was Robert Turner of Muncie, IN, who made his car from the wood of a saloon bar. In 1935 the race was moved to Akron because of its central location and hilly terrain. An accident in 1935 captured the public's interest, and boosted the event's profile. A car went off the
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    The Bachelor

    The Bachelor

    • Individual competitions: The Bachelor - Season 3
    The Bachelor is an American reality television dating game show debuting in 2002 on ABC. For all seasons, the show is hosted by veteran television personality, one-time game show host and news anchor Chris Harrison. There are two related series: The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad. It is produced and directed by Mike Fleiss and is shot by camera operator Jesse Fleiss. The series revolves around a single bachelor (deemed eligible) and a pool of romantic interests (typically 25; 30 in season 15), which could include a potential wife for the bachelor. The conflicts in the series, both internal and external, stem from the elimination-style format of the show. Early in the season, the bachelor goes on large group dates with the women, with the majority of women eliminated during rose ceremonies. As the season progresses, women are also eliminated on one-on-one dates and on elimination two-on-one dates. The process culminates with hometown visits to the families of the final four women, overnight dates at exotic locations with the final three women, and interaction with the bachelor's family with the final two women. In many cases, the bachelor proposes to his final selection. During most
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    World Youth Chess Championship

    World Youth Chess Championship

    The World Youth Chess Championship is a chess competition for girls and boys under the age of 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18. The first predecessor of the youth championship was the Cadet Championship. It started off unofficially in 1974 in France for players under 18. The 1975 and 1976 editions were also for U18. The 1976 featured very young players such as Garry Kasparov and Julian Hodgson (12+) but also players slightly older than 18, but younger than 19 such as Louis Roos. It was recognized in 1977 by FIDE as the World Championship for Cadets for players under 17. In 1981 the age limit was reduced to under 16, applicable at the start of the year the championship is played in. It was also the year in which the first women's championship for U16 was played. In 1979, International Year of the Child, the first edition of the World's Children's cup was played for U14. This cup had four editions, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1984. In 1985 the U14 edition was included in the first edition of the World Youth Chess Festival for peace. Subsequently, the age categories U10, U12 and U18 were introduced. In 1987 the festival included the sections U10, U12, U14 and U18, while the U16 was held separately.
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    American Mathematics Competitions

    The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) are the first of a series of competitions in high school mathematics that determine the United States team for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). This team, consisting of six high school students, competes in the IMO and has traditionally performed well. The United States Math Team of 1994 is the only team ever to achieve a perfect score (all six members earned perfect marks), and is colloquially known as the "dream team". Until 2000, the American Mathematics Contest was known as the American High School Mathematics Examination (AHSME). The contest was established in 1950. There are three levels: Students who perform well on the AMC 10 or AMC 12 exams are invited to participate in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). Students who perform well on the AIME are then invited to the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO). Students who do exceptionally well on the USAMO (typically around 30 students) are invited to go to the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP or more commonly, MOP), and six students are selected from the top twelve scorers on the USAMO (through yet another exam, the Team
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    Big Brother

    Big Brother

    • Individual competitions: Big Brother - Season 13
    Big Brother is the American version of the Big Brother reality television show based on the Dutch television series of the same name originally created by John de Mol in 1997. The show follows a group of House Guests living together 24 hours a day in the "Big Brother" house, isolated from the outside world but under constant surveillance with no privacy for three months. Since its debut in 2000, Big Brother US has run continuously with at least one season of the show airing each year. It is currently the second longest running version to have done so, after the Spanish version. On September 19, 2012, CBS announced that Big Brother was renewed for its 15th season in summer 2013. The HouseGuests compete for the chance to win a $500,000 grand prize by avoiding weekly eviction, until the last HouseGuest remains at the end of the season that can claim the $500,000 grand prize. The American series is hosted by television personality Julie Chen. Produced by Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly On The Wall Entertainment, it currently airs in the United States on CBS and in Canada on Global. After America's Next Top Model converted to the 1080i high definition format in February 2012,
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    Goodwill Games

    The Goodwill Games was an international sports competition, created by Ted Turner in reaction to the political troubles surrounding the Olympic Games of the 1980s. In 1979, the invasion of Afghanistan caused the United States and other Western countries to boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, an act reciprocated when the Soviet and other Eastern Bloc countries (with the exception of Romania) boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The first Games, held in Moscow in 1986, featured 182 events and attracted over 3,000 athletes representing 79 countries. World records were set by Sergey Bubka (pole vault), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (heptathlon), and both the men and women's 200 m cycle racing, by East Germany's Michael Hübner and the Soviet Union's Erika Salumäe, respectively. World records also fell at the 1990 Games in Seattle, to Mike Barrowman in the 200 m breaststroke and Nadezhda Ryashkina in the 10 km walk. The 1994 Games were held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in the first competition since the Soviet Union had been replaced by fifteen independent republics. Russians set five world records in the weightlifting section, and the games were the first major
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    Miss Alabama

    Miss Alabama

    The Miss Alabama competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the U.S. state of Alabama in the Miss America pageant. Miss Alabamas have performed strongly at the Miss America pageant, particularly in the early 21st century, when the state produced their third Miss America, a first runner-up, a second runner-up, a fourth runner-up, two semi-finalists, and one quarter-finalist. They did very well in the '80s, as well, placing 1st runner up to Miss America 1981, 3rd runner-up 1983, 2nd runner-up 1984, 4th runner-up 1986, top 10 1987, and 4th runner-up 1989. Miss Alabama was also 1st runner up to Miss America 1979. Alabama has won three Miss America titles: Deidre Downs in 2005, Heather Whitestone (the first deaf woman to win the Miss America crown) in 1994, and Yolande Betbeze in 1951. Betbeze is well known as the Miss America who refused to pose in a swimsuit, causing swimsuit sponsors Catalina to pull out and start the Miss USA pageant. The year in brackets indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered. As with many other Miss America state pageants, delegates first must qualify by winning a local pageant. Local titles that
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    Miss Globe International

    Miss Globe International

    • Individual competitions: Miss Globe International 2003
    Miss Globe Organisation is an international beauty pageant group founded in 1925, which owns the rights to various titles, including "Miss Globe", "Miss Globe International", "Miss Globe Beauty Pageant", and "Miss Globe Beauty". The events are held each year, mainly in the eastern Mediterranean region, though also in China. The local beauty pageants are organised by Deliart Association, who also organise Miss Shqipëria, an alternative Miss Albania.
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    Miss Massachusetts

    Miss Massachusetts

    For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Massachusetts USA The Miss Massachusetts competition is a scholarship pageant put on annually by the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Foundation, Inc. The winner of the pageant receives the title of Miss Massachusetts and represents the state of Massachusetts at the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada. Women between the ages of 17 and 24 who meet residency, scholastic and character requirements are eligible to compete in local pageants, the winners of which continue on to the Miss Massachusetts pageant in Worcester each July. Contestants at the Miss Massachusetts competition are judged in five areas: Personal Interview, Poise and Grace in Evening Gown, Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Artistic Expression, and On Stage Question. Scholarships are awarded for Miss Massachusetts, first through fourth runner-ups, preliminary talent winners, preliminary swimsuit winners, non-finalist talent winner, MAO Academic Award, MAO Service Award, and MAO Children's Miracle Network Award.
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    Miss Puerto Rico

    Miss Puerto Rico

    • Individual competitions: Miss Puerto Rico 1970
    Miss Puerto Rico is the common name or sash used to identify a Puerto Rican representative in an international pageant. Currently, Miss Universe Puerto Rico, Miss Mundo de Puerto Rico and Miss Earth Puerto Rico are the official national preliminaries to the Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth international pageants. Each year both events are held to select representatives from the island to both contests. In addition, Miss Puerto Rico International and the Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Program select official representatives to the Miss International and Miss America pageants, respectively. In its various forms, the "Miss Puerto Rico" beauty pageant has been almost held every year since the 1950s. The winner of the contest represents Puerto Rico at the Miss Universe pageant each year. The selection of Miss Puerto Rico commences the year before the winner advances to participate in the Miss Universe pageant. Each Puerto Rican city may choose a representative who then enters the Miss Puerto Rico finals, traditionally held at a San Juan area hotel. The winner is crowned at the conclusion of the final competition. There have been three changes in the organization that led to
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    164

    Big Brother

    • Individual competitions: Big Brother (AU) - Season 1
    Big Brother Australia is the Australian version of the international Big Brother reality television series. Big Brother Australia was produced from 2001 and ran for eight seasons. The show was cancelled in July 2008 after experiencing audience erosion and controversy. All eight seasons were produced by Endemol Southern Star and shown on Network Ten. The show returned 13 August 2012 with a ninth season on the Nine Network with repeats on GO!. From its first season until its seventh season in 2007 the show was hosted by Gretel Killeen. With a revamp of the series in 2008 she was replaced by radio duo Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O. The show returned in 2012 hosted by Sonia Kruger. Mike Goldman narrated all nine seasons of the series. Between 2001 and 2005 it was also shown in New Zealand on TV2 and Prime. The purpose built Big Brother house for the 2001 through to the 2008 seasons was in a compound at theme park Dreamworld, Queensland. On 22 February 2012 it was confirmed that Dreamworld will be used again as the location for the 2012 series. Each season of Big Brother began April or early May, with the first Australian broadcast on 23 April 2001. It was hosted by Gretel Killeen from
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    Brooklyn Handicap

    Brooklyn Handicap

    The Brooklyn Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in early June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, on Long Island. It currently is a Grade II event open to three-year-olds and up willing to race one and one-half miles on dirt. The race is the second leg of what is sometimes referred to as the New York Handicap Triple series of races. It is preceded by the Metropolitan Handicap and followed by the Suburban Handicap. Four horse have won the Handicap Triple: First run in 1887 at Gravesend Race Track on Coney Island, New York, the Brooklyn Handicap quickly became one time of the top attractions on the New York racing circuit, drawing some of the best Thoroughbreds. Since inception the race has been held at: The Brooklyn Handicap has been contested at a variety of distances: Speed record: Most wins: Most wins by a jockey: Most wins by a trainer: Most wins by an owner:
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    Miss Maryland Teen USA

    Miss Maryland Teen USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Maryland Teen USA 2004
    The Miss Maryland Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Maryland in the Miss Teen USA pageant. Maryland did not place at Miss Teen USA until 1992, but since then this state has been quite successful, including earning four runner-up placements, and a winner in 2010. Four Maryland teens have gone on to win the Miss Maryland USA title, and one competed at Miss America. Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant
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    Big Brother (UK)

    • Individual competitions: Big Brother (UK) - Season 8
    Big Brother is a British reality television game show in which a number of contestants live in an isolated house for several weeks, trying to avoid being evicted by the public with the aim of winning a large cash prize at the end of the run. It is the British version of the Dutch Big Brother television format, which takes its name from the character in George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Big Brother was originally broadcast on Channel 4 from 18 July 2000 (and its subsidiary channel E4, beginning in 2001) until 10 September 2010, after it was dropped from Channel 4's schedules due to declining ratings. The rights to the programme were acquired by Channel 5 in a two-year contract with Endemol to air on the main channel and subsidiary channel 5*. The re-launched version premiered on 18 August 2011 with a back-to-back series of Celebrity Big Brother and Big Brother. The host of Big Brother for the duration of its run on Channel 4 was Davina McCall, who was replaced by Brian Dowling when the show moved to Channel 5. Marcus Bentley has narrated the show since its inception on Channel 4. Spin-off shows that co-existed with the Channel 4 series were presented by Dermot
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    Big Game

    Big Game

    The Big Game is an American college football rivalry game played by the California Golden Bears football team of the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford Cardinal football team of Stanford University. It is typically played in late November or early December. The first Big Game was held on March 19, 1892 on San Francisco's Haight Street Grounds when Stanford beat Cal 14–10. It is the tenth longest rivalry in NCAA Division I FBS football. Stanford leads the series record at 57–46–11 (wins–losses–ties). Stanford won the most recent Big Game on November 19, 2011 31–28. Stanford has won three of the last five Big Games, following a five-game winning streak by Cal, which itself followed a seven-game winning streak by Stanford. The location of the Big Game alternates between the two universities every year. In even-numbered years, the game is played at Berkeley, while in odd-numbered years, it is played at Stanford. The 115th Big Game will take place at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley on Saturday, October 20, 2012. In the week before the game, both schools celebrate the occasion with rallies, reunions, and luncheons. Cal students hold a traditional pep rally and
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    Miss America's Outstanding Teen

    Miss America's Outstanding Teen

    Miss America's Outstanding Teen is an American scholarship pageant. It is a sister company to the Miss America Organization, and it aims to "promote scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America's teens." The first competition was held in August 2005 in the Linda Chapin Theater at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Meghan Miller, who represented Texas, was the first to win the competition. More than $175,000 in scholarship grants were distributed amongst the 52 contestants in the pageant, with a $30,000 scholarship being awarded to the winner. The current titleholder is Elizabeth Fechtel representing Florida. PageantCast interviews with former Miss America's Outstanding Teen titleholders
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    Miss Asian America

    Miss Asian America

    The Miss Asian America Pageant is a nationwide pageant founded in 1980 by Rose Chung with a mission "to showcase young Asian American women in a high quality production that will represent their culture, intelligence and talent." Incorporated as Miss Asian, Inc. in 1980, the pageant grew from the success of the Miss Asian California pageant and the Rose Ball Queen pageants, both events based in California and was first held as an event part of the Asian American Arts Festival of 1985. Starting 2012, the Miss Asian America Pageant expanded to become the Miss Asian Global Pageant where delegates around the world can vy for the title. Since 1985, over 500 contestants have competed in the pageant.
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    Miss Michigan

    Miss Michigan

    • Individual competitions: Miss Michigan 2010
    The Miss Michigan competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Michigan in the Miss America pageant. Michigan has won the Miss America crown on five occasions.
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    Miss Missouri Teen USA

    Miss Missouri Teen USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Missouri Teen USA 1997
    The Miss Missouri Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Missouri in the Miss Teen USA pageant. This pageant has been directed by Vanbros since 1993. Missouri has one of the most successful records at Miss Teen USA, and is ranked eleventh in terms of number and value of placements . They were ranked seventh in the 1990s . Missouri is one of only ten states to have had nine or more semi-finalist (or better) placings . Missouri has also won the Miss Teen USA title, when Marissa Whitley won the crown in South Padre Island, Texas in 2001. Five Missouri teens have gone on to compete at Miss USA, although only three as Miss Missouri USA. The other two represented Kansas, another Vanbros state. Two notable Miss Missouri Teen USAs (who both later won the title Miss Missouri USA) are Larissa Meek and Melana Scantlin, who appeared on the reality TV show Average Joe. Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant
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    Miss Virginia

    Miss Virginia

    • Individual competitions: Miss Virginia 2009
    The Miss Virginia competition is a scholarship pageant for women, with the titleholder representing Virginia in the Miss America pageant. The competition was founded in 1953 as a scholarship contest for young women, although women had represented Virginia in the Miss America pageant since the 1930s. Three Miss Virginia winners have gone on to be crowned Miss America, including former national titleholder Caressa Cameron. To compete in the Miss Virginia pageant, a contestant must first win one of many local competitions. Contestants may compete at the local and state level more than once, but having won a state title may only compete in the national Miss America competition one time. The state pageant is traditionally held in Roanoke, Virginia at the Roanoke Civic Center in June or July. During her reign travels over 20,000 miles across the state making appearances to further her personal platform and for the Miss America Organization's national Children's Miracle Network campaign. Kristi Lauren Glakas, Miss Virginia 2005, is one of only seven women who have competed in the Miss America, Miss Teen USA and Miss USA competitions. She was Miss Virginia Teen USA 1999 and Miss Virginia
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    NBA All-Star Game

    NBA All-Star Game

    • Individual competitions: 1951 NBA All-Star Game
    The National Basketball Association All-Star Game was first staged at the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. From that year on, the NBA has matched the best players in the Eastern Conference against the best players in the Western Conference. The participants are currently chosen in two ways. The first is via fan ballot, with the leading vote recipients at each position starting the game; secondly the reserves are chosen by a vote among the head coaches of each squad's particular conference. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players. If a player is injured and cannot participate, the commissioner will select a replacement. The coach of the team with the best record in each conference on January 31 is chosen as the coach of the respective conference in the All-Star Game. However, regardless of record, a coach cannot be made an All-Star in two consecutive seasons. This is the so-called "Riley Rule" so named because coach Pat Riley's Lakers teams of the 1980s won so often that he coached the Western Conference team eight times in nine seasons from 1982 to 1990. In the event that a coach's team repeats as the best record holder the coach from the team with the second best
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    Robot-sumo

    Robot-sumo

    Robot-sumo, or pepe-sumo, is a sport in which two robots attempt to push each other out of a circle (in a similar fashion to the sport of sumo). The robots used in this competition are called sumobots. The engineering challenges are for the robot to find its opponent (usually accomplished with infrared or ultra-sonic sensors) and to push it out of the flat arena. A robot should also avoid leaving the arena, usually by means of a sensor that detects the edge. The most common "weapon" used in a sumobot competition is an angled blade at the front of the robot, usually tilted at about a 45-degree angle towards the back of the robot. This blade has an adjustable height for different tactics. Robot-sumo is divided into classes, fought on progressively smaller arenas: Classes are further divided into remote-controlled and autonomous robots. Sumo robots are built from scratch, from kits or from Lego components, particularly the Lego Mindstorms sets. Some sumo bots are built with only wood and motors for more of a challenge. The usual size for the wood is 12" by 12". It makes it hard to construct a really large robot with this piece of wood.
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    Robotix

    Robotix

    Robotix is an annual robotics and programming event, organised by the Technology Robotix Society, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Robotix is organised during Kshitij, the annual techno-management festival of the institute. Participation is open to any college student. The event gives the contestants an opportunity to showcase their talent in the fields of mechanical robotics, autonomous robotics and programming. Robotix started off in the year 2001, under IDEON, the old name of Kshitij. It was the brainchild of Kunal Sinha, Saurabh Prasad and Varun Rai (class of 2002, IIT Kharagpur). It started as an in-house event for the students of IIT Kharagpur. 8 teams turned up in the inaugural year. IDEON became Kshitij in 2003. Currently, Robotix is organised under the umbrella of Kshitij. The participation has increased over the years, with 220 teams turning up for Robotix 2006, 546 teams for Robotix 2007, over 1000 teams for Robotix 2008, and Robotix 2009 managing to better all its predecessors. Robotix celebrated its ten years in 2010 with an array of the most challenging problem statements ever. Robotix 2011 for the first time conducted an event on the water surface, R.A.F.T.
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    World Chess Championship

    World Chess Championship

    • Individual competitions: World Chess Championship 2012
    The World Chess Championship is played to determine the World Champion in the board game chess. Men and women of any age are eligible to contest this title. The official world championship is generally regarded to have begun in 1886, when the two leading players in Europe and the United States, Wilhelm Steinitz and Johann Zukertort, played a match. From 1886 to 1946, the champion set the terms, requiring any challenger to raise a sizable stake and defeat the champion in a match in order to become the new world champion. From 1948 to 1993, the championship was administered by FIDE, the world chess federation. In 1993, the reigning champion (Garry Kasparov) broke away from FIDE, leading to the creation of two rival championships. This situation remained until 2006, when the title was unified at the World Chess Championship 2006. The current world champion is Viswanathan Anand, who won the World Chess Championship 2007 and successfully defended his title against former world champion Vladimir Kramnik in the World Chess Championship 2008, against Veselin Topalov in the World Chess Championship 2010 and against Boris Gelfand in the World Chess Championship 2012. In addition, there is a
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    Alpine skiing World Cup

    Alpine skiing World Cup

    • Individual competitions: 1967 Alpine Skiing World Cup
    The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the top international circuit of alpine skiing competitions, launched in 1966 by a group of ski racing friends and experts which included French journalist Serge Lang and the alpine ski team directors from France (Honore Bonnet) and the USA (Bob Beattie). It was soon backed by International Ski Federation (FIS) president Marc Hodler during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1966 at Portillo, Chile, and became an official FIS event in the spring of 1967 after the FIS Congress at Beirut, Lebanon. The first World Cup ski race was held in Berchtesgaden, West Germany, on January 5, 1967. Jean-Claude Killy of France and Nancy Greene of Canada were the overall winners for the first two seasons. Competitors attempt to achieve the best time in four disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, Super G, and downhill. The fifth event, the combined, employs the downhill and slalom. The World Cup originally included only slalom, giant slalom, and downhill races. Combined events (calculated using results from selected downhill and slalom races) were included starting with the 1974–75 season, while the Super G was added for the 1982–83 season. The current scoring system
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    America's Funniest Home Videos

    • Individual competitions: America's Funniest Home Videos - Season 3
    America's Funniest Home Videos (often simply abbreviated to AFHV, or its current on-air abbreviation of AFV) is an American reality television program on ABC in which viewers are able to submit humorous homemade videos. The most common videos usually feature slapstick physical comedy arising from incidents, accidents and mishaps. Other popular videos include humorous situations involving pets or children, while some are staged practical jokes. Originally airing as a special on November 26, 1989, it debuted as a regular weekly series on January 14, 1990. Initially, it was hosted by Bob Saget for the 1989 special and the show's first eight seasons, then by John Fugelsang and Daisy Fuentes for its ninth and tenth seasons. After two years of being shown as occasional specials, hosted by various actor/comedians such as D.L. Hughley and Richard Kind, ABC brought the series back on Friday nights in the Summer of 2001 with new host Tom Bergeron, who has since become the series' longest-serving host. America's Funniest Home Videos is currently broadcast on Sunday evenings and is in its 22nd season, which began on October 2, 2011. On May 11, 2012, ABC announced that it had renewed the series
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    Miss Scotland

    Miss Scotland

    • Individual competitions: Miss Scotland 2006
    The Miss Scotland competition is an annual beauty pageant targeted at women aged 18–24 living in Scotland. Entrants must hold a British passport to enter. The contest, whose title is owned by the Miss World organization, is organised each year by The Scottish Sun newspaper. The winner of the Miss Scotland competition, along with the winners of Miss England, Miss Northern Ireland and Miss Wales, can compete in Miss World. The highest-ranking competitor of the four constituent country entrants is then presented with the title and crown of Miss United Kingdom, who will later compete in Miss International. ‡ Awarded the title of Queen of Europe
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    Nashville Star

    • Individual competitions: Nashville Star - Season 4
    Nashville Star is an American reality television program. It was transmitted during mid-2008 on NBC, following five seasons on USA Network. It premiered on March 8, 2003, and its five seasons on USA made it the longest-running competition series on cable television. In Canada, the show aired on CMT through season 5, but moved to E! beginning with season 6. CMT in the United States reaired each episode in season 6. It was similar to American Idol, in that performers had to sing to impress both celebrity judges and the public via call-in and/or internet votes. Unlike American Idol, however, the performers were limited to country music. This restriction was relaxed for Season 6, allowing for the finalists to choose from many genres of music, but the songs were arranged to maintain a country sound. On March 13, 2009, it was confirmed that the series had been canceled by NBC and would not be returning for a seventh season. In a format nearly identical to the final round of American Idol, finalists performed one song per week individually and face criticism and/or praise from a panel of three judges. At the end of the show, voting opened to the viewing public, who cast votes by calling a
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    Wenlock Olympian Society Annual Games

    Wenlock Olympian Society Annual Games

    The Wenlock Olympian Games, dating from 1850, are a forerunner of the modern Olympic Games. They are organised by the Wenlock Olympian Society, and are held each year in Much Wenlock in Shropshire, England. One of the two mascots for the London 2012 Summer Olympics has been named Wenlock in honour of the Wenlock Olympian Games. On 25 February 1850 the Wenlock Agricultural Reading Society resolved to establish a class called The Olympian Class - "for the promotion of the moral, physical and intellectual improvement of the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood of Wenlock and especially of the working classes, by the encouragement of outdoor recreation, and by the award of prizes annually at public meetings for skill in athletic exercise and proficiency in intellectual and industrial attainments". The secretary of the class and driving force behind the Olympian Games was Dr William Penny Brookes who was inspired to create these events after he read of the premature deaths of weavers thought to be due to lack of exercise. The first meeting was held at Wenlock racecourse on 22–23 October 1850. The first games were a mixture of athletics and traditional country sports such as quoits,
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    World Computer Chess Championship

    World Computer Chess Championship (WCCC) is an annual event where computer chess engines compete against each other. The event is organized by the International Computer Games Association. It is often held in conjunction with the Computer Olympiad, a collection of computer tournaments for other board games. The WCCC was open to all types of computers including microprocessors, supercomputers, clusters, and dedicated chess hardware. In 2007, the reigning champion Junior declined to defend its title. For the 2009 edition, the rules were changed to limit platforms to commodity hardware supporting at most eight cores, thereby excluding supercomputers and large clusters. From 1980 to 2001, there was a separate cycle of championships limited to programs running on microprocessors. Up until 1991, the winners were dedicated units. Thereafter, winners were running on state-of-the-art personal computers. The event was also run by the ICGA. At the 14th WMCCC in Jakarta, the Israeli team Junior was denied entry to Indonesia and some other teams dropped out in protest. The 16th WMCCC was the same as the 9th WCCC above. From 2010 a new tournament was introduced and held at the same location and
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    Highland games

    Highland games

    Highland games are events held throughout the year in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events, especially the caber toss. While centred on competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletics, the games also include entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture. The Cowal Highland Gathering, better known as the Cowal Games, held in Dunoon, Scotland, every August, is the largest Highland games in the world, attracting around 3,500 competitors and somewhere in the region of 23,000 spectators from around the globe. Worldwide, however, it is exceeded in terms of spectators by two gatherings in the United States: the 50,000 that attend Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina and the even larger gathering—the largest in the Northern Hemisphere—that has taken place every year since 1865 hosted by the Caledonian Club of San Francisco. This event is currently held on Labor Day weekend in
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    Clásica de San Sebastián

    Clásica de San Sebastián

    The Donostia-Donostia Klasikoa - Clásica San Sebastián-San Sebastián (San Sebastián Classic) is a cycle race that has been held every summer since 1981 in San Sebastián, Spain. It is traditionally a climbers' race, with several famous Grand Tour stars claiming the race over its 25 year history. Clásica de San Sebastián is famous for its spectacular views of the coastline and its winding, undulating terrain which strongly favours aggressive riding. The current race route is approximately 227 kilometres in length and includes the tough Alto de Jaizkibel climb at around the 200 kilometre mark. This is usually the decisive point of the race. It was a round of the UCI Road World Cup (which ran from 1989 to 2004) and has since been part of its successors, the UCI ProTour and since 2011 the UCI World Tour.
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    Miss America's Outstanding Teen state pageants

    Miss America's Outstanding Teen state pageants

    Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageants select the representative for each state for the Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant. Although Miss America state pageants used to run unofficial teen competitions, Miss America's Outstanding Teen was the first official teen pageant associated with the Miss America Organization and the first for which there was a national competition. The first national pageant was held in August 2005. Unlike the Miss America Pageant, there is no swimwear component of the competition: delegates compete in interview, evening gown, sportswear and talent. The Georgia pageant is held the same week as Miss Georgia, generally late June, in Columbus. This gives the titleholder less than two months to prepare for the national pageant. Miss Nebraska's Outstanding Teen is held in North Platte, Nebraska on the same day and in the same venue as the Miss Nebraska pageant. The winner of the pageant receives a $1,000 savings bond, and the first runner-up receives $500. the winner is also given the opportunity to perform her talent during the finals of the Miss Nebraska pageant. Each titleholder has her own platform which she supports throughout the state during her
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    Polish Chess Championship

    Polish Chess Championship

    Individual Polish Chess Championship is the most important Polish chess tournament, aiming at selecting the best chess players in Poland. Based on the results of the tournament (mainly), the Polish Chess Federation selects the national and subsequently the olympiad team. The first men's championship took place in 1926, and the first women's event in 1935, both in Warsaw. Between the First and the Second World War, four men's finals and two women's took place. After the Second World War, the tournament has taken part annually, with minor exceptions. In most cases, they are round-robin tournaments, where men's groups are of 14-16 players, while the women's are 12 to 14. There were only four Swiss system tournaments in men's tournament history (1975, 1976, 1977, and 1979) and seven in women's (1959, 1965, 1966, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978). Twice (1937 men and 1962 women) final tournaments attracted international players, however in 1962 medals were awarded only to Polish women players. Twice women's championship (1960 and 1963) as the Polish crew tournament took place (it is signed by *) in the Winners table).
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    DARPA Grand Challenge

    DARPA Grand Challenge

    Announced in 2002, the first DARPA Grand Challenge was a driverless car competition held on March 13, 2004 in the Mojave Desert region of the United States, along a 150 miles (240 km) route that follows along the path of Interstate 15 from just before Barstow, California to just past the California-Nevada border in Primm. None of the robot vehicles finished the route. The vehicle of Carnegie Mellon University's Red Team traveled the farthest distance, completing 11.78 km (7.32 mi) of the course. The $1 million prize remained unclaimed. Prior to the main event in the Mojave Desert, the twenty-one qualifying teams were required to navigate a mile-long obstacle course at California Speedway. Seven teams were able to successfully complete the entire course, while eight others almost completed a portion of the course to the satisfaction of the judges, resulting in fifteen vehicles allowed to start the final race. Unfortunately, the failures of the vehicles during the preliminary tests were indicative of how the vehicles would perform on the actual course. Two of the fifteen vehicles had to be withdrawn before the final race began; one car flipped upside down in the starting area and had
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    Miss Connecticut

    Miss Connecticut

    The Miss Connecticut competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Connecticut in the Miss America pageant. Connecticut has won the Miss America crown once (Marian Bergeron, 1933).
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    RoboGames

    RoboGames

    RoboGames (previously ROBOlympics) is an annual robot contest held in San Mateo, California. The most recent RoboGames was held April 15–17, 2011. RoboGames is the world's largest open robot competition (according to the Guinness Book of World Records). Competitions typically involve entrants representing a large selection of countries, who compete in over fifty events, including combat robots, walking humanoids, soccer bots, sumo bots, autonomously navigating robots in RoboMagellan and android kung-fu. About two thirds of the robot events are autonomous, while the remaining third are remotely operated (RCVs). Despite this, a large plurality of entrants in RoboGames remain in the remotely operated events, specifically combat robotics. RoboGames was selected by Wired for their list of "The Best Ten North American Geek Fests". RoboGames was founded as the ROBOlympics in 2004 by David Calkins, with the intention of creating cross-pollination between events and disciplines, where builders from combat robotics (mechanical engineering), soccer robotics (computer programming), sumo robotics (sensors), androids (motion control), and art robots (aesthetics) could collaborate and exchange
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    Australian Mathematics Competition

    Australian Mathematics Competition

    The Australian Mathematics Competition is a mathematics competition run by the Australian Mathematics Trust for students from year 3 up to year 12 in Australia, and their equivalent grades in other countries. Since its inception in 1976 in the Australian Capital Territory, the participation numbers have increased to around 600,000, with around 100,000 being from outside Australia, making it the world's largest mathematics competition. The fore-runner of the competition was first held in 1976, was open to students within the Australian Capital Territory, and attracted 1200 entries. In 1976 and 1977 the outstanding entrants were awarded the Burroughs medal. In 1978, the competition became a nationwide event, and became known as the Australian Mathematics Competition for the Wales awards with 60,000 students from Australia and New Zealand participating. In 1983 the medals were renamed the Westpac awards following a change to the name of the title sponsor Westpac Banking Corporation (previously known as the Bank of New South Wales). Other sponsors since the inception of the competition have been the Canberra Mathematical Association and the University of Canberra (previously known as
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    Dancing on Ice

    Dancing on Ice

    • Individual competitions: Dancing on Ice - Season 1
    Dancing on Ice is a British television show co-hosted by Christine Bleakley and Phillip Schofield, in which celebrities and their professional partners figure skate in front of a panel of judges. The format, devised by LWT and Granada Television, has been a prime-time hit in eight different countries, including Italy and Chile. In Australia, where it was titled Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice, it was axed after just one series owing to production costs. Originally titled Skating With Celebrities the show was renamed following the failure of ITV's celebrity oriented 2005 summer schedule. Dancing on Ice is frequently compared to BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. The BBC actually did a Strictly Come Dancing special entitled Strictly Ice Dancing at Christmas 2004 which was won by England goalkeeper David Seaman. ITV's show was given a January premier amidst network doubts about its viability but became a surprise hit in Britain, where it became the third highest rated television show of 2006. It attained an impressive thirteen million viewers for the final in March. Britain's best-known ice-skating duo and former Olympic champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean help to train the
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    Miss Earth

    Miss Earth

    • Individual competitions: Miss Earth 2004
    Miss Earth is an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness. Along with Miss Universe and Miss World contests, Miss Earth is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals and one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world. The reigning titleholders dedicate their year to promote specific projects and often address issues concerning the environment and other global issues through school tours, tree planting activities, street campaigns, coastal clean ups, speaking engagements, shopping mall tours, media guesting, environmental fair, storytelling programs, eco-fashion shows, and other environmental activities. The Miss Earth winner is the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations. The Miss Earth Foundation also works with the environmental departments and ministries of participating countries, various private sectors and corporations, as well as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). The current Miss Earth titleholder is Olga Álava of Ecuador who was
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    Miss Indiana

    Miss Indiana

    The Miss Indiana competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Indiana in the Miss America pageant.
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    Miss Louisiana

    Miss Louisiana

    The Miss Louisiana competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Louisiana in the Miss America pageant. Although no delegate from Louisiana has ever won the Miss America title, four have placed first runner-up. * Competed in Miss America pageant as Miss New Orleans
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    Miss Minnesota USA

    Miss Minnesota USA

    The Miss Minnesota USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Minnesota in the Miss USA pageant. Despite a strong start in the first three years of competition at Miss USA, Minnesota has been largely unsuccessful overall. In more recent years Minnesota has twice received recognition with the Miss Photogenic award. Barbara Peterson was the first Miss Minnesota USA to be crowned Miss USA (in 1976), and was also the first Miss USA to be unplaced at Miss Universe. Her sister Polly Peterson was Miss Minnesota USA 1981. Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    Takeshi's Castle

    • Individual competitions: Takeshi's Castle - Season 4
    Takeshi's Castle (風雲!たけし城, Fūun! Takeshi-jō, literally Showdown! Takeshi Castle) is a Japanese game show that aired between 1986 and 1989 on the Tokyo Broadcasting System. It featured the Japanese actor Takeshi Kitano (also known as Beat Takeshi) as a count who owns a castle and sets up difficult challenges for players (or a volunteer army) to get to him. The show has become a cult television hit around the world. A special live "revival" was broadcast on April 2, 2005, for TBS's 50th anniversary celebrations. The original show involved between 100 and 142 contestants whom General Tani (Hayato Tani) "forced" into a series of physical challenges, eliminating many of the contestants. Each show finished with a "Final Showdown" in which Count Takeshi (Kitano) was faced by the remaining contestants. In early episodes they would storm the castle set itself in a short-range water gun assault. Later episodes introduced carts with paper rings, and eventually lasers and light-sensitive targets. If the contestant's gun penetrated the paper ring or hit the sensor on Takeshi's cart, against such weapons as a large water gun and a laser-armed plane, Takeshi's cart was deactivated, the castle was
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    Miss Tierra

    Miss Tierra is the Spanish equivalent to the international beauty competition title of "Miss Earth." Both represent the same organization. In Latin American countries, their delegates win national titles with the word "tierra" rather than Earth. For example, Peru's candidate for Miss Earth is crowned Miss Peru Tierra (Miss Peru Earth). Tierra
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    Miss Virginia USA

    Miss Virginia USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Virginia USA 1970
    The Miss Virginia USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Virginia in the Miss USA pageant. Virginia has been only moderately successful in terms of number of semi-finalists, they have had two Miss USAs. They are one of only three states to have had two Miss USAs in succession (the others being Illinois and Texas). Virginia's greatest success came from the late 1960s to early 1980s. Virginia should have had the first Miss USA crown in 1954, as Ellen Whitehead finished 1st runner up, and Miss USA 1954, Miriam Stevenson, became Miss Universe 1954. However, there was no rule until the 1960s that the 1st runner up became Miss USA after the winner won Miss Universe. If that was true, 2nd runner up, Miss New York USA, Karin Hultman would have become Miss USA 1954, as Ellen was disqualified due to being underage. Eight Miss Virginia USA winners have previously held the Miss Virginia Teen USA title and competed at Miss Teen USA. Virginia currently holds the record for the most Miss Teen USA state winners to win a Miss USA state title from the same state; it is second to Miss Indiana USA for crowning the most former teens. Two Miss winners have also
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    DARPA Grand Challenge

    DARPA Grand Challenge

    The DARPA Grand Challenge is a prize competition for driverless vehicles, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the most prominent research organization of the United States Department of Defense. Congress has authorized DARPA to award cash prizes to further DARPA's mission to sponsor revolutionary, high-payoff research that bridges the gap between fundamental discoveries and military use. DARPA has technologies needed to create the first fully autonomous ground vehicles capable of completing a substantial off-road course within a limited time. The third event, The DARPA Urban Challenge, which took place on November 3, 2007 and was broadcast via webcast, further advanced vehicle requirements to include autonomous operation in a mock urban environment. Fully autonomous vehicles have been an international pursuit for many years, from endeavors in Japan (starting in 1977), Germany (Ernst Dickmanns and VaMP), Italy (the ARGO Project), the European Union (EUREKA Prometheus Project), the United States of America, and other countries. The Grand Challenge was the first long distance competition for driverless cars in the world; other research efforts in the field of
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    German Chess Championship

    German Chess Championship

    The German Chess Championship has been played since 1861, and determines the national champion. Prior to 1880 three different federations organized chess activities in Germany: the Westdeutscher Schachbund (WDSB), the Norddeutscher Schachbund (NDSB) and the Mitteldeutscher Schachbund (MDSB). Each one organized its own championship. In 1880, the nation-wide Deutscher Schachbund was founded, so afterwards only one German championship was played. Starting from 1933 the Third Reich took control of all social activities and until 1943 all chess championships were organized by the Groβdeutscher Schachbund. After the end of World war II, separate championships were played in the occupied zones. Afterwards, from 1950 to 1989, two national championships were held in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic. After the reunification of Germany in 1989, a single tournament has been played.
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    Miss Illinois USA

    Miss Illinois USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Illinois USA 1957
    The Miss Illinois USA pageant is a competition that selects the representative for the state Illinois in the Miss USA pageant. Illinois is one of the most successful states in the competition. It is one of only four states to have won four or more Miss USA titles and one of only three states to win two Miss USA titles in consecutive years. All four winners came from the early history of the competition, with their last Miss USA being Karen Morrison, who held the title in 1974. The pageant's most successful years were from 1984 to 1996, when all but two delegates made the cut at Miss USA. That period was followed by many years without a placement, until Jill Gulseth finished third runner-up in 2005, the state's highest placement since 1995. In 1986, sisters Tricia and Laura Bach won the title consecutively, the first occasion of this in the history of the Miss Universe organization. Later on in 1994 Kathleen Farrell, sister of Miss Florida USA 1988 won the title, making the state pageant the first to have two sisters compete in Miss USA. Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    Paris-Roubaix

    Paris-Roubaix

    Paris–Roubaix is a one-day professional bicycle road race in northern France near the Belgian frontier. From its beginning in 1896 until 1967 it started in Paris and ended in Roubaix (hence the name); since 1968 the start city has been Compiègne (about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north-east from Paris centre) whilst the finish is still in Roubaix. Famous for rough terrain and cobblestones (setts), it is one of the 'Monuments' or Classics of the European calendar, and contributes points towards the UCI World Ranking. It has been called the Hell of the North, a Sunday in Hell (also the title of a film about the 1976 edition of the race), the Queen of the Classics or la Pascale: the Easter race. The race is organised by the media group Amaury Sport Organisation annually in mid-April. First run in 1896, Paris–Roubaix is one of cycling's oldest races. It is well known for the many 'cobbled sectors' over which it runs, being considered, along with the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Gent–Wevelgem to be one of the cobbled classics. Since 1977, the winner of Paris–Roubaix has received a sett (cobble stone) as part of his prize. The terrain has led to the development of specialised frames, wheels and
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    Portuguese Chess Championship

    Portuguese Chess Championship

    The Portuguese Chess Championship is a yearly national chess championship of Portugal. It was established in 1911, but only from the 1950s it was played yearly, with a few exceptions. The 2011 championship was decided in a match between IM Paulo Dias and FM José Padeiro, held 21–24 October 2011 in Coimbra.
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    Spanish Chess Championship

    The Spanish Chess Championship is contested annually under the auspices of the Federación Española de Ajedrez (FEDA), the governing body of chess in Spain, to determine the nation's chess champion. The first official championship was in 1928.
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    Academic Games

    Academic Games is a competition in the U.S. in which players win by out-thinking each other in mathematics, language arts, and social studies. Formal tournaments are organized by local leagues, and on a national level by the Academic Games Leagues of America (AGLOA). Member leagues in eight states hold a national tournament every year, in which players in four divisions compete in eight different logic-based games, but only six of these at the National level. Some turn-based games require a kit consisting of a board and playing cubes, while other games have a central reader announcing questions or clues and each player answering individually. Before the existence of AGLOA, tournaments were held by the National Academic Games Project founded by the creator of many of the games. The earliest tournaments, in the late 1960's, were held on or near the campus of Nova High School in Davie, Florida. Nova was the beta test site for the game "Propaganda" and others. Many AGLOA leaders were involved with NAGP. The new league was created partially because of personal conflict with Robert W. Allen. Allen later sued the AGLOA for copyright, trademark, and tradename infringement . Academic Games
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    British Home Championship

    • Individual competitions: 1886 British Home Championship
    The British Home Championship (also known as the Home International Championship, the Home Internationals and the British Championship) was an annual football competition contested between the United Kingdom's four national teams, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (Ireland before its partition) from the 1883–84 season until the 1983–84 season, when it was abolished after 100 years. By the early 1880s, the development of football in the United Kingdom was gathering pace and the four national football teams of the UK were playing regular friendlies against each other, with nearly every team playing all the others annually. At the time, the football associations of each Home Nation (The Football Association (England), the Scottish Football Association, the Football Association of Wales and the Irish Football Association) had slightly different rules for football, and when matches were played the rules of whoever was the home team were used. While this solution was workable, it was hardly ideal. To remedy this, the four associations met in Manchester on 6 December 1882 and agreed on one uniform set of worldwide rules. They also established the International Football
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    Miss Chile

    Miss Chile

    Miss Universo Chile is a national beauty pageant that selects Chile's representative to the Miss Universe pageant. Chile is one of the few countries that has participated in Miss Universe since 1952, has sent 47 representatives in the pageant's 60-year history and placed 13 times in the semifinals, with one Miss Universe crown: Cecilia Bolocco, in 1987. Integral beauty, intelligence, and poise are taken into consideration to select Chile's titleholder from a group of delegates who represent the city they come from. It is said that the winner is the most beautiful woman of Chile, which gives her the right to represent her country for one year and participate in the Miss Universe international competition. Luciano Marocchino has had the Chilean franchise for Miss Universe since 2004, but did not send a delegate since 2007. In 2011, Chile returned to the Miss Universe 2011 with Vanessa Ceruti, Miss Universo Chile 2011.
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    Miss Florida

    Miss Florida

    • Individual competitions: Miss Florida 1935
    The Miss Florida competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Florida in the Miss America pageant. Florida has twice won the Miss America crown. * Assumed the crown after Miss Florida won Miss America
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    Miss Maine Teen USA

    Miss Maine Teen USA

    • Individual competitions: 1995 Miss Maine Teen USA
    The Miss Maine Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Maine in the Miss Teen USA pageant. From 2007 the pageant will be directed by Mackenzie Davis, Miss Maine USA 2004. Maine is one of the least successful states at Miss Teen USA, having placed only three times. Their highest placement was in 1995, when Katie Aselton finished 1st runner-up to Keylee Sue Sanders. Three Maine teens have gone on to win the Miss Maine USA title and compete at Miss USA. Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant
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    Miss Turkey

    Miss Turkey

    • Individual competitions: Miss Turkey 2001
    Miss Turkey ® is a national beauty pageant for unmarried women in Turkey, who personify beauty with intelligence. The first beauty contest was held on September 2, 1929 with the backing of the government, and the title holder was Feriha Tevfik. Miss Turkey pageant was initially promoted by the newspaper Cumhuriyet. Since 1980, it is being run by the "Miss Turkey Organization". Between the years 1980-1990, the contest was sponsored by the newspapers Güneş, Sabah, Tercüman, Bulvar and some others. With the establishment of private TV channels in Turkey in 1990, the channels Magic Box, Show TV, Channel D, Star TV, NTV, CNBC-e and FOX TV took over the promotion of the pageant. The title "Miss Turkey" is a registered trade mark. Miss Turkey Organization currently sends delegates to Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, and Miss Earth. (DNC) = Did not compete (*) The Miss Universe-delegate during the year 2000, Cansu Dere, was forbidden by the Turkish Government to travel to the 2000 Miss Universe pageant, in Cyprus, unless she could pass through the occupied areas, which is strictly forbidden for any visitor to the Republic of Cyprus. The competition committee in Turkey made
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    Indianapolis 500

    Indianapolis 500

    • Individual competitions: 1911 Indianapolis 500
    The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, also known as the Indianapolis 500, the 500 Miles at Indianapolis, the Indy 500 or The 500, is held annually over the Memorial Day weekend, the last full weekend in May, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The event lends its name to the IndyCar class, or formula, of open-wheel race cars that have competed in it. The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered one of the three most significant motorsports events in the world. The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management, but the permanent seating capacity is more than 257,000 people, and infield seating raises capacity to an approximate 400,000. The Indianapolis 500 is held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5 mile oval circuit. The race consists of 200 laps, run counterclockwise around the circuit, for a distance of 500 miles. Traditionally, the field consists of 33 starters, aligned in a starting grid of eleven rows of three cars apiece. The event is contested by "Indy cars", a formula of professional-level, single-seat, open cockpit, open-wheel, purpose-built race cars. As of 2012, all entrants utilize 2.2 L V6 turbocharged
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    Miss Brasil

    Miss Brasil

    • Individual competitions: Miss Brasil 2008
    The Miss Brasil Pageant is a beauty contest that has been held almost every year since 1954 between winners of the Brazilian state pageants.It is one of the most important beauty contest of the world, with USA and Venezuela. The winner of Miss Brasil competes in the Miss Universe pageant and the runner-up competes in Miss International. Competition to win the crown of "Miss Brasil" began in the 1920s following a trend throughout the world during that period. A famous controversy occurred when Miss Brasil 1929 competed in the International Pageant of Pulchritude, known as "Miss Universe" in the 1930s, but failed to place in the competition, much less win. The angered Brazilians hosted their own international pageant in 1930 leading to two separate "Miss Universe" titles that year, not related to the modern Miss Universe competition created in 1952. In the Brazilian "Miss Universe", Miss Brasil won the title while in the other competition in the USA, Miss United States received the crown of Miss Universe 1930. These competitions, like many others in the world, were discontinued as the Great Depression and World War II diverted the world's attention. The modern Miss Brasil pageant was
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    Miss World Sweden

    Miss World Sweden

    • Individual competitions: Miss World Sweden 1993
    Miss World Sweden Inc. is a private-owned competition, tasked with verifying a Swedish delegate, to the global contest, Miss World. The contest was sponsored from 1949–1999 partly by the magazine VeckoRevyn and the title was handed out to the first runner-up in the Miss Sweden pageant, but lost the franchise in 2003. The pageant is under sponsorship by Studio Fashion Inc and the marketing is made by the women's magazine Hänt Extra. Sweden has the longest unbroken participation at the Miss World pageant, having appeared every year since the first edition in 1951. Many of the contestants have gone on to notable careers in television and film. In the 1970 Miss World pageant, held in London, United Kingdom, controversy followed after the result was announced. Black contestant Jennifer Hosten (1948-) of Grenada won, and black contestant Pearl Jansen of South Africa placed second, after which the BBC and newspapers received numerous protests about the result, and accusations of racism were made by all sides. Four of the nine judges had given first-place votes to Miss Sweden Marjorie Christel Johansson, while Miss Grenada received only two firsts, yet Johansson finished fourth. Since the
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    British Chess Championship

    British Chess Championship

    The British Chess Championship is organised by the English Chess Federation. There are separate championships for men and women. Since 1923 there have been sections for juniors, and since 1982 there has been an over-sixty championship. The championship venue usually changes every year and has been held in different locations in England, Scotland, Wales and once on the Isle of Man. However, although the current series of the Championship has run since 1904, it has never been held in Northern Ireland. The championship was originally open to citizens of any Commonwealth country and has previously been won by Mir Sultan Khan (India) and Abe Yanofsky (Canada). However in 2002 when the Indian R. B. Ramesh finished first and several other Indians took top prizes it led to many top Britons not competing in the 2003 championship and accompanied criticism that the British Championship was not serving the interests of British players. This, combined with the victory of Indian Abhijit Kunte in 2003, led to an announcement from the organisers that from 2004 only British and Irish players would be eligible to take part. These were the first large tournaments organised by the British Chess
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    Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters

    Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters

    The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM, German Touring Car Masters) is a Silhouette racing car series based in Germany, but also with rounds elsewhere in Europe. From 2000 onwards, this new DTM continued the former Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (German Touring Car Championship) and ITC (International Touring Car Championship) which had been discontinued after 1996 due to high costs. During the ITC era a large proportion of the revenue generated by the championship went to the FIA, with the result that less went to the teams who subsequently complained of little return on their increasingly large investment in the high-tech series. Since 1997 many ideas have been discussed in order to find a compromise for rules of a new DTM. Opel put the primary emphasis on cost control, Mercedes supported expensive competitiveness in development, BMW wanted an international series rather than one focussed on Germany only, while Audi insisted on allowing their trademark quattro four-wheel drive (despite running the rear wheel drive Audi R8) in sports car racing. The DTM returned in 2000 as Mercedes and Opel had agreed to use cars that were based on the concept car that was shown by Opel on
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    Miss California USA

    Miss California USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss California USA 2003
    Miss California USA is a pageant that selects the representative for the state of California in the Miss USA pageant. The current titleholder is Natalie Pack, who was crowned on January 8, 2012 by 2011 titleholder, Katherine Blair. The pageant is produced by K2 Productions. In the beginning, K2 Productions was directed by former Miss Teen USA 1995, Keylee Sue Sanders, and Keith Lewis. K2 Productions is now directed by Lewis and Miss USA 1995, Shanna Moakler. It was previously co-directed by Jill Vasquez Foley, who held the titles Miss New Mexico Teen USA 1988 and Miss New Mexico USA 1994. (Foley was in the Top 10 at Miss Teen USA 1988.) Prior to K2 Productions the Miss California USA Pageant was produced by Carolee Munger. Prior to Ms. Munger, Guyrex Productions held the franchise for a number of years and produced successful televised pageants with over 100 participants. Before Guyrex, the pageant was produced by Dr. Leanord Stallcup, who took over the directorship after Faye Smith successfully led the way through the 70's and 80's. California has produced a Miss USA every decade (except the 2000s) and is ranked second highest among states in terms of placements. Only one Miss
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    Miss New York

    Miss New York

    The Miss New York competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of New York in the Miss America pageant. Miss New York has twice won the Miss America Crown. Also, when city representatives were common at the national pageant, Bess Myerson won as Miss New York City in 1945.
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    Miss New York USA

    Miss New York USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss New York USA 1995
    The Miss New York USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of New York in the Miss USA pageant. Amber Collins is the reigning Miss New York USA 2011. She won the title on November 28, 2010, and will compete for Miss USA on June 19, 2011. New York is one of the most successful states at Miss USA, and is ranked third in terms of number and value of placement across all years of competition . New York's strongest run was an unbroken string of placements from 1957 to 1966. New York also had a streak of 3 consecutive 1st runner up placements from 1972 to 1974. In 1954, Karin Huitman was 2nd runner up. She later moved up to be 1st runner up, as the original 1st runner up, Miss Virginia USA was dethroned due to underage (she was 16). As there was no rule in 1954 that if Miss USA won Miss Universe, first runner up became Miss USA, Karin was only 1st runner up. Huitman went on to become Miss World USA 1954 and 1st runner up at Miss World 1954. If Shanna Moakler is counted, New York has the third (equal) highest number of Miss USA victories. They also have the third highest number of semi-finalist (or better) placings (33) . Four Miss New York USAs have
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    Miss Wisconsin

    Miss Wisconsin

    The Miss Wisconsin competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Wisconsin in the Miss America pageant. Wisconsin has twice won the Miss America crown. * Succeeded to the crown after Miss Wisconsin won Miss America
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    United Kingdom Mathematics Trust

    The United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a charity founded in 1996 to help with the education of children in mathematics within the UK. The national mathematics competitions existed prior to the formation of the UKMT, but the foundation of the UKMT in the summer of 1996 enabled them to be run collectively. The Senior Mathematical Challenge was formerly the National Mathematics Contest. Founded in 1961, it was run by the Mathematical Association from 1975 until its adoption by the UKMT in 1996. The Junior and Intermediate Mathematical Challenges were the initiative of Dr Tony Gardiner in 1987 and were run by him under the name of the United Kingdom Mathematics Foundation until 1996. The popularity of the UK national mathematics competitions is largely due to the publicising efforts of Dr Gardiner in the years 1987-1995. Hence, in 1995, he advertised for the formation of a committee and for a host institution that would lead to the establishment of the UKMT, enabling the challenges to be run effectively together under one organisation. The UKMT run a series of mathematics challenges to encourage children's interest in mathematics and develop their skills: The top scoring 40% of
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    Women's National Basketball Association All-Star Game

    • Individual competitions: 1999 WNBA All-Star Game
    The Women's National Basketball Association All-Star Game, commonly referred to as the WNBA All-Star Game is an annual exhibition basketball game played in the United States between the best players of the Eastern and Western Conference of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Each conference is represented by a team of 12 players who are currently having the best seasons performance-wise around the league. The starters are determined by fans voting through internet ballots. The rest of the players are selected by league personnel including head coaches as well as media personalities. At the end of the game, an all-star game Most Valuable Player (MVP) is named, as decided by a panel of media members. In 2004, the game was not played in its usual format due to the WNBA players competing in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. That year, the USA national team defeated a team of WNBA All-Stars 74-58 at Radio City Music Hall. This game is not considered to be an All-Star Game. No game was played in 2008 due to the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, China. The 2010 game also matched Team USA against a WNBA All-Star team, with Team USA winning 99–72 at Mohegan Sun
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    Miss Arkansas

    Miss Arkansas

    The Miss Arkansas competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Arkansas in the Miss America pageant. Arkansas has twice won the Miss America title. The year in brackets indicates the year of the Miss America competition the award/placement was garnered.
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    Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition

    Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition

    The Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) is an annual international robotics competition for teams of undergraduate and graduate students. Teams design and build an autonomous ground vehicle capable of completing several difficult challenges. The competition is well suited to senior design “capstone” courses as well as extracurricular design projects. The competition has taken place each year since 1993. The competition is normally held on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, although it has occasionally moved to other venues within the state of Michigan. Approximately 40 teams typically participate. The details of the competition change from year to year. In 2010 the competition included the following four events. The competition is often sponsored by the United States Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in addition to other sponsors. 3. Theisen, Bernard L., Maslach, Dan., "The Twelfth Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition: Team Approaches to Intelligent Vehicles", Proceedings Vol. 5608, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXII:
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    Israeli Chess Championship

    Israeli Chess Championship

    The Israeli Chess Championship is a chess event held every year in Israel. From 1951-1971, the men's and women's championships were held every two years, eventually becoming an annual event. The 1998 Championship was held 8–24 November in Ramat Aviv. The single-elimination tournament, 32 players in the men's section and 16 in the women's, used an unusual time control of 100 minutes for 30 moves + 30 seconds per move. GM Eran Liss won the men's final over GM Victor Mikhalevski. After tying their 2-game match with one victory apiece, they then tied an active chess playoff with one win and two draws each. In a 5-minute blitz playoff, Liss won 2–0. Irina Yudasina won the women's final over Ella Pitem with one win and one draw.
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    Miss Colorado USA

    Miss Colorado USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Colorado USA 2006
    The Miss Colorado USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Colorado in the Miss USA pageant. The event was held in Loveland from 2006 to 2008 (2007-2009 titles) and moved to Greeley in 2010. From 1993 - 2006 the Miss Colorado USA state pageant was directed by Carol Hirata and the Carlton Group. In 2007 it was taken over by Future Productions, which also directs the state pageants for Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Colorado has been one of the less successful states at Miss USA, having not had a finalist since 1963 until Jessica Hartman finished third runner-up in 2010. They have, however been successful with other awards, being one of only four states to have been awarded Miss Photogenic twice. Two Miss Colorado USA winners were former Miss Colorado Teen USA titleholders and four were former Miss America contestants. One of Colorado's winners Katee Doland has all three state titles: Miss Colorado Teen USA, Miss Colorado USA and Miss Colorado America. The 2002 and 2003 Miss Colorado USA titleholders had previously held Miss Colorado titles in the same order in subsequent years. ^ Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    Miss District of Columbia USA

    Miss District of Columbia USA

    The Miss District of Columbia USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the District of Columbia in the Miss USA pageant. One of the more successful states at Miss USA, the District of Columbia is one of 15 states to win Miss USA more than once and one of only twelve states to win the Miss Congeniality award twice. From 1970 to 1975 they had a streak of six consecutive top 12 placements. This was broken in 1976, but achieved again in 1977. Two Miss District of Columbia USA titleholderss previously held the Miss District of Columbia Teen USA title and three have competed at Miss America. Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant 1951 Aletha Agee
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    Miss Ohio

    Miss Ohio

    The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program (aka the Miss Ohio Pageant) selects the representative for the U.S. state of Ohio to compete for the title of Miss America. The pageant is held annually, during the "Miss Ohio Festival" week, at the historic 1,600 seat Renaissance Theatre (originally named the Ohio Theatre) in Mansfield. Ohio representatives have won the Miss America Pageant six times, joining California and Oklahoma as the only states with six crowns. Ohio is the only state to have a contestant who won the Miss America title twice: When city representatives were common at the national pageant, Mary Katherine Campbell competed in Miss America Pageants as "Miss Columbus Ohio". The Miss Ohio Pageant played a significant role in the saving of the Ohio Theatre and its renovation into the Renaissance Theatre. Mansfield originally hosted the Miss Ohio Pageant at the old Ohio Theatre from 1959 through 1962. After Sandusky's Jacquelyn Meyer, Miss Ohio 1963, was crowned Miss America 1963, the Miss Ohio Pageant was relocated to the Ballroom Pavilion at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky. In 1975, the pageant returned to Mansfield, first to Malabar High School Auditorium from 1975 through
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    Miss Star Hellas

    Miss Star Hellas

    • Individual competitions: Miss Star Hellas 2006
    Star Hellas-Miss Hellas-Miss Young (Greek: Σταρ Ελλάς) is the longest-running beauty pageant in Greece. The winner of the contest is crowned Star Hellas and goes on to represent Greece in Miss Universe, B Star Hellas goes to Miss International while Miss Hellas goes to Miss World. In the 1970s and early 1980s the pageant was aired every year from the Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi. From 1990 to 2010, it was funded and aired on Greece's private network ANT1. Because of the Greek financial crisis, ΑΝΤ1 did not fund the 2011 pageant which had the form of a low-key private casting and was not aired. In 2012 the Star Hellas organizers staged a comeback by teaming with Internet site TLife which became responsible for the publicity of the event and for airing live over the Internet.
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    Slovenian Chess Championship

    Slovenian Chess Championship

    The Slovenian Chess Championship is the national chess championship held in Slovenia. The championship has been played since the 1950s, first as a regional championship in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and after the independence of Slovenia as a national championship. Before 1991, the championship was usually played as a qualifier for the Yugoslav Chess Championship in which not always the best players participated. This is because the best Slovenian players were often automatically qualified for the championship based on rating or performance in other tournaments.
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    X Games

    The X Games is an annual sports event, controlled and arranged by the U.S. sports broadcaster ESPN (with coverage also shown on its sister network ABC), which focuses on action sports. The inaugural X Games were held in summer 1995 in Rhode Island. Participants compete to win bronze, silver and gold medals, and prize money. The Winter X Games are held in January or February (usually in January) and the Summer X Games are usually held in August, both in the United States. The location of the Winter X Games is in Aspen, Colorado through 2012, while the location for the Summer X Games is in Los Angeles. The X Games also has international competitions and demos around the world that are held at varying times throughout the year. The games are shown live on television. The Winter X Games are, as described by ESPN (2008), a competition compiled of the greatest winter action sport athletes from around the world competing on an annual basis. The competition has day and evening events including skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. The first Winter X Games took place at Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lake, California, in 1997. The following two years, the Games were held at Crested Butte
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    America's Best Dance Crew

    America's Best Dance Crew

    • Individual competitions: America's Best Dance Crew - Season 6
    Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew, often abbreviated as ABDC, is an American competitive dance reality television series that features dance crews from the United States and around the world. It is produced by American Idol judge Randy Jackson and airs on MTV. The series was originally developed for NBC as World Moves. The show is hosted by Mario Lopez, and features television personality Layla Kayleigh as the backstage correspondent. Current judges include entertainers Lil Mama, JC Chasez, and Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval. Former judges include hip-hop choreographer Shane Sparks and R&B singer Omarion. America's Best Dance Crew is a reality show where dance crews showcase their talent, and compete for a $100,000 (USD) grand prize and the Golden ABDC Trophy (a golden statue of a B-Boy doing a freeze, with the legs moving like a bobblehead). Each week, the crews are given a challenge. The challenge is different for each crew, but has the same general concept or shares a specific theme. To begin each episode, Mario Lopez reveals, in no particular order, which crews are safe and which crews are at risk for elimination. After the crews in the bottom perform their routines,
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    Eurovision Young Musicians

    Eurovision Young Musicians

    Eurovision Young Musicians is a competition for European musicians that are 18 years old or younger. It is organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The televised competition is held every two years, with some countries holding national heats.
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    Fame Academy

    • Individual competitions: Fame Academy - Season 1
    Fame Academy was a televised competition to search for and educate new musical talents. The winner received a chance to become a successful music artist. The prize consisted of a £1m recording contract with a major record company, plus the use of a luxury apartment in London and a sports car for one year. It was broadcast by the BBC and co-produced by an Endemol company called 'Initial'. The format was originally created in Spain under the title Operación Triunfo, and had already achieved major success around the world (especially France) under the name Star Academy. Every week, depending on the perceived quality of their performances, contestants would be put into either "safe" or "danger" zones. Anyone in the latter had to undergo a system of voting by the other participants to determine which one would then be forced to leave. The show was partly reality television, because the daily lives of the contestants could be watched through live streaming via Freeview. This was accomplished through the instalments of 'spycameras'. Coverage of the show was widely shown on BBC One, BBC Three, BBC Prime and the CBBC Channel. The show was so successful that the BBC decided to screen a
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    FIRST Championship

    FIRST Championship

    FIRST Championship is a two-and-a-half-day robotics championship held annually in April. For several years, the event was held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, but beginning in 2011, and at least through 2013, it will be held at the Edward Jones Dome, in St Louis, Missouri. The event comprises three competitions, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championship, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championship, and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) World Festival. FIRST Championship is normally held in conjunction with FIRST Robotics Conference which covers a wide variety of topics in science, technology, engineering, and robotics fields. FRC is a six-week competition program for high-school students to build 100 to 120 pounds (45 to 54 kg) robots that can complete a task that changes every year using standard set of parts. FTC is a mid-level competition program for high-school aged students with a more accessible and affordable robotics kit. FLL is a competition program for elementary and middle school students. Teams for each program compete in tournaments at state and regional level. The winning teams from those tournaments join the global competition at FIRST Championship. The 2011
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    Ironman World Championship

    Ironman World Championship

    • Individual competitions: 2010 Ironman World Championship
    The Ironman World Championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978, with an additional race in 1982. It is owned and organized by the World Triathlon Corporation. It is the annual culmination of a series of Ironman triathlon qualification races held throughout the world. From 1978 through 1980 the race was held on the island of Oahu, the course combining that of three events already held there: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim (2.4 mi./3.86 km), the Around-Oahu Bike Race (115 mi./185.07 km, originally a two-day event), and the Honolulu Marathon. The bike stage was reduced by 3 miles to link it to the start of the marathon course. In 1981 the race was moved to the less urbanized Big Island, keeping the distances the same: a 2.4 miles (3.86 km) open water swim in Kailua-Kona Bay, a 112 miles (180.25 km) bike ride across the Hawaiian lava desert to Hāwī and back, and a marathon (26 miles 385 yards, 42.195 km) run along the coast of the Big Island from Keauhou to Keahole Point and back to Kailua-Kona, finishing on Aliʻi Drive. Since 1982 the race has been held in the fall each year, before which it was held in the spring, giving two races in 1982. The most recent Ironman World
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    Miss California

    Miss California

    • Individual competitions: Miss California 2008
    For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss California USA and for Teen pageant, see Miss California Teen USA For the international hit single by Dante Thomas, see Miss California (song) The Miss California competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of California in the Miss America pageant. Delegates from the states of California, Ohio and Oklahoma have each won the title of Miss America six times, more than any of the other states. The pageant began in Santa Cruz in 1924 and was held there annually until 1985, after which it moved to San Diego in response to years of protests and a "Myth California" counterpageant organized by local feminist activists led by Ann Simonton and Nikki Craft. It has been held in Fresno, California since 1994.
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    Miss Earth Canada

    Miss Earth Canada

    Miss Earth Canada is a beauty pageant held annually in search of the most beautiful and environmental-friendly woman in Canada. It is the official preliminary to the Miss Earth pageant. The winners are chosen equally on their physical attributes as well as their ability to speak and appear in front of the public to promote environmental awareness. Canada was first represented by Michelle Carrie Lillian Weswaldi in the first edition of Miss Earth pageant, Miss Earth 2001. In 2003 the Miss Earth Canada franchise was obtained by Rosotro Productions owned by Ronaldo Soriano Trono, and since 2004, a national contest in Montreal has been held each autumn to determine the winner. The winners promote environmental programs and presentation through activities integrated through daily life. Several winners have held awards in the international Miss Earth pageant. Filipino-Canadian beauty, Riza Santos (Miss Earth Canada 2006) was voted Miss Photogenic and Miss Fontana at the Miss Earth 2006 competition and went on to be a host and star in various movies and television shows in the Philippines. Denise Garrido (Miss Earth Canada 2008) won the “Miss Earth Puerto Princesa” title during a
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    Miss India

    • Individual competitions: Miss India 2004
    Miss India or Femina Miss India is a national beauty pageant in India that annually selects three winners to compete globally. The winner of Femina Miss India World vies in Miss World, Femina Miss India Earth winner competes in Miss Earth, and the third winner, Femina Miss India International goes to compete in Miss International. It is organized by Femina, a women's magazine published by Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. Femina Miss India used to select a winner and two runners up who were then sent to various international contests such as Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss Asia Pacific respectively. In 1995, the organizers of Femina Miss India decided to end the practice of crowning a single winner and instead decided that the contest would be used to crown three winners specifically to represent India at Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss Asia Pacific, In 2002, the third winner was designated to Miss Earth instead of Miss Asia Pacific. In 2007, the organizers declared no more runners-up in the Femina Miss India contest; all 3 winners are equal. In the past, the winner of the Miss India Universe title was declared the winner of the pageant while the Miss India World was the runner
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    Miss South Carolina USA

    Miss South Carolina USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss South Carolina USA 1990
    The Miss South Carolina USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state South Carolina in the Miss USA pageant. The pageant has been produced by RPM Productions since 1980. Miriam Stevenson, South Carolina's first Miss USA, and the United States' first Miss Universe was also the first Miss USA winner to have competed at Miss America. She was the first woman to have competed at Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Universe. RPM's first winner was Shawn Weatherly, who also won Miss USA and went on to win Miss Universe. Four Miss South Carolina USAs have also held the Miss South Carolina Teen USA title and competed at Miss Teen USA. Two have also competed at Miss America. Miss South Carolina USA titleholders have also competed at two other major international pageants. Gina Tolleson, first runner-up at Miss USA 1990, went on to win the Miss World crown that year, and Miss South Carolina USA 2004, Amanda Pennekamp has also competed at the Miss Earth 2006 pageant where she made the top 16. Age at the time of the Miss USA pageant
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    Miss Teen USA

    Miss Teen USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Teen USA 1994
    Miss Teen USA is a beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization for girls aged 13–19. The reigning titleholder is Logan West of Connecticut. The pageant was first held in 1983 and has been broadcast live on a succession of channels, most recently on NBC from 2003-2007. In March 2007 it was announced that the broadcast of the Miss Teen USA pageant on NBC had not been renewed, and that Miss Teen USA 2007 would be the final televised event. Since 2009, the pageant is webcast on both UStream and (starting 2013) on Microsoft's Xbox Live service. Since 2008, the pageant is held at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, located in Nassau, Bahamas. Notable pageant winners include actresses Kelly Hu (1985—Hawaii), Bridgette Wilson (1990—Oregon), Charlotte Lopez-Ayanna (1993—Vermont) and Vanessa Minnillo (1998—South Carolina). The Miss Teen USA pageant was created in 1983 as a sister pageant to the Miss USA system. The first pageant was held in Lakeland, Florida in August, 1983 and was won by Ruth Zakarian of New York. The pageant moved to April the following year, and then was held in January the next two years. It was held in July from 1988–1990 and has been held in August since
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    Miss Universe

    Miss Universe

    • Individual competitions: Miss Universe 1993
    Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest that is run by the Miss Universe Organization. The contest was founded in 1952 by California clothing company Pacific Mills. The pageant became part of Kayser-Roth and then Gulf+Western Industries, before being acquired by Donald Trump in 1996. The pageant is broadcast on NBC, simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo and (starting 2013) webcast on Xbox Live. In 1998, Miss Universe changed its name from Miss Universe, Inc. to Miss Universe Organization and the headquarters moved from Los Angeles, California, to New York City that year. Donald Trump brought in a new team of professionals to the contest headed by its new CEO, Molly Miles, and president Maureen Reidy. The contest would use the slogan "Redefined for Today" for promotion of the pageants. In the year of 1998, the logo of Miss Universe " THE WOMAN WITH STARS " was born. It's representative for the beauty and responsibility of women around the Universe.. The current Miss Universe is Leila Lopes, from Angola. She won the title on September 12, 2011. The first use of the title "Miss Universe" was as part of International Pageant of Pulchritude which began in 1926. These events,
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    Miss Washington

    Miss Washington

    The Miss Washington competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Washington in the Miss America pageant. Washington first sent delegates to Miss America in 1939 and 1940, following which there was an eight year hiatus before the pageant was revived in 1948, with a $1000 scholarship being offered to the winner. In 1949 the pageant was a "financial flop" and the winner had to seek community donations to fund her appearance at Miss America. At the time the organization was so deeply in debt that the titleholder's tiara was nearly repossessed by the manufacturer. In 1948 and 1948 the Miss Washington pageant was held in Ephrata. From 1961 to 1997 it was hosted by Vancouver, before being moved to Renton in an attempt to increase the number of competitors. In 2000 the location was changed again, to Tacoma. The pageant is once again held in Renton, WA since 2008. Two Miss Washington titleholders resigned during their reigns and a third came under scrunity when her residency was questioned. In 1974 Kathleen Beth Moore resigned after placing top ten at Miss America, claiming that pageant officials wanted her "cold and aloof" and encouraged her to become
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    Miss Washington Teen USA

    Miss Washington Teen USA

    • Individual competitions: Miss Washington Teen USA 1998
    The Miss Washington Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Washington in the Miss Teen USA pageant. The Miss Teen USA pageant will be held in late July 2011, in the Bahamas. Washington is one of the more successful states at Miss Teen USA, having placed on seven occasions. Their highest placement came in 1985, when Dru Homer placed 2nd runner-up to Kelly Hu of Hawaii. Their most successful decades have been the 1980s and 2000s. The state failed to place in the 1990s. Washington is the only state where no Teen winner has crossed over and competed at Miss USA. Age at the time of the Miss Teen USA pageant
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    Panhellenic Games

    Panhellenic Games is the collective term for four separate sports festivals held in ancient Greece. The four Games were: The Games took place in a four-year cycle known as the Olympiad, which was one of the ways the Greeks measured time. The Olympic Games were used as a starting point, year one of the cycle; the Nemean and Isthmian Games were both held (in different months) in year two, followed by the Pythian Games in year three, and then the Nemean and Isthmian Games again in year four. The cycle then repeated itself with the Olympic Games. They were structured this way so that individual athletes could participate in all of the games. (But note that the dial on the Antikythera mechanism - - seems to show that the Nemean and Isthmian Games did not occur in the same years.) Participants could come from all over the Greek world, including the various Greek colonies from Asia Minor to Spain. However, participants probably had to be fairly wealthy in order to pay for training, transportation, lodging, and other expenses. Neither women nor non-Greeks were allowed to participate, except for very occasional later exceptions, such as the Roman emperor Nero. The main events at each of
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    RoBo-One

    RoBo-One

    Robo-One is a robot competition category of bipedal humanoid robots. The first ROBO-ONE contest was held in Japan in 2002 and consisted of an initial judged autonomous "Demonstration" stage, followed by one-on-one matches. In Japan, ROBO-ONE has spawned a whole series of related competitions including ROBO-ONE J, ROBO-ONE Special, ROBO-ONE Grand Prix, and the ROBO-ONE Technical Conference events. ROBO-ONE type contests have been held in several other countries including South Korea (official) and the United states (unofficial held by Robogames). The robots are usually built with RC Servos as actuators and mounted together with sheet metal shapes. The most common frame material is aluminum. However, there have been entries constructed with steel, plastic, and even wood. Different sensors are used by the robot for balance and to perceive its surroundings. A small onboard micro controller or equivalent is used to control the robots movements and if the robot is autonomous it is also programmed to adjust the robots behavior in response to sensor inputs. There have been fifteen competitions in Japan. ROBO-ONE 13 was held on March 22 and 23, at Korakuen Hall" in Takamatsu. ROBO-ONE 14
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    Strictly Come Dancing

    Strictly Come Dancing

    • Individual competitions: Strictly Come Dancing - Season 8
    Strictly Come Dancing is a British television show, featuring celebrities with professional dance partners competing in Ballroom and Latin dances. The title of the show suggests a continuation of the long-running series Come Dancing, with an allusion to the film Strictly Ballroom. The format has been exported to over 40 other countries (see Dancing with the Stars), and has also inspired a modern-dance themed spin-off Strictly Dance Fever. The show has run on BBC One since 15 May 2004, primarily on Saturday evenings. The 9th series ended on 17 December 2011 and the first competitive show of the 10th series was on 5 October 2012. A further seven stand-alone Christmas Specials have also been produced, in consecutive years from 2004 to 2010. Six charity specials have also been produced. Since the fourth series, the show has also been aired in high definition on BBC HD and BBC One HD from series 8. The show pairs a number of celebrities with professional ballroom dancers who each week compete against each other to impress a panel of judges and the viewing public in order to survive potential elimination. Through telephone voting, viewers vote for whom they would like to stay, the
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    Trout Unlimited Chili Cook-Off

    Trout Unlimited Chili Cook-Off

    The Trout Unlimited Chili Cook-Off is an annual chili cookoff put together by Trout Unlimited and held in Rome, Georgia. Proceeds from the program are put to many different uses including endowments at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry for scholarships; the Arrowhead Environmental Center; the Coosa River Basin Initiative; and local, state and national projects to restore cold water streams. The Main attraction of the cook off is the competition and an all day long concert by many different bands playing country, jazz, and the blues. When the competition began in 1995 there were only 14 teams with only a handful of judges. Now there is over 110 different teams and a jury of 50 judges. The competition is held every year in Ridge Ferry Park, in Rome Georgia. Last years competition held a record for itself by having over 7000 visitors and over 110 different teams. The Trout Unlimited chili cook off is a state-wide known cook off. Up to 110 plus teams come together to compete for trophies and award money in 4 different categories: Judges choice, Peoples choice, Cooks choice, and Best site set-up. Each category will have a 4th to 1st place winner, with the first
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    World Beard and Moustache Championship

    World Beard and Moustache Championship

    The World Beard and Moustache Championships is a biennial competition in which men with beards and moustaches display lengthy, highly-styled facial hair. The first Championship took place in Höfen-Enz, Germany, in 1990. On September 1, 2007, competitors of the world's most hirsute faces from the UK, America, Germany and other countries convened for the championships in Brighton. It was hosted by The Handlebar Club with comedy performer and renowned moustache wearer Michael "Atters" Attree acting as Chairman and Master of Ceremonies. Facial hair categories were judged by celebrity moustache wearers including actor/singer Nick Cave and musician/poet Billy Childish. The international event was staged within the Brighton Centres Main Hall. Categories include Dali moustache, goatee and full beard freestyle. The 2009 event was held from May 19 to the 24th in Anchorage, Alaska. The main Championship Contest was held on May 23, 2009. The host club distributed over $16,000 to local charities via the International Lions Club 49A foundation 501C4 and the Miners & Trappers Ball Inc a 501C3 organizations. Anchorage hosted the most ever competitors, eclipsing the previous U.S. venue of city
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    World Professional Darts Championship

    World Professional Darts Championship

    The World Professional Darts Championship was one of the most important tournaments in the darts calendar. Originally held as an annual event between 1978 and 1993, players then broke off into two separate organisations after a controversial split in the game. Each organisation, the British Darts Organisation (BDO) and the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) now organise their own World Championship in January. As a result there is no longer a unified World Champion in the game. Although Phil Taylor has won 15 world titles 2 in the BDO and 13 in the PDC version and widely considered the greatest darts player ever to have lived. The BDO have organised their version dating back to 1978, when it was held at the Heart of the Midlands nightclub, Nottingham. The following year it moved to the Jollees Cabaret Club, Stoke, where it stayed until 1985. Since then it has been held at the Lakeside Leisure Complex at Frimley Green, Surrey. The PDC version started in 1994 after "the split", with a field of players containing all active previous World Champions from the BDO. It was originally staged at Purfleet's Circus Tavern, Essex before moving to Alexandra Palace for the 2008 World
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