Decoding Summer Olympic Jargon

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There are loads of sports in the Summer Olympic Games, although the number varies slightly from year to year. And with all those events, it can be hard to keep up when experienced commentators start rattling off jargon a mile a minute as they get caught up in the excitement. See how well you can follow their commentaries.

The term "boss" is used in which sport?

In archery, the term "boss" refers to the target, to which the target face is affixed.

The term "penhold" is used in which sport?

In table tennis, the term "penhold" refers to a type of grip. Players hold their rackets as if they were pens.

The term "armstand" is used in which sport?

In diving, the term "armstand" refers to when divers launch from the platform after positioning themselves vertically on their hands.

The term "setter" is used in which sport?

In beach volleyball, the term "setter" refers to the competitor who sets up his or her teammate to make an attack play.

The term "spraydeck" is used in which sport?

In canoe slalom, the term "spraydeck" refers to the material that extends from the paddler's waist to the boat's cockpit in order to keep the craft from flooding with water.

The term "downtown" is used in which sport?

In basketball, the term "downtown" refers to any court space outside the three-point line.

The term "riposte" is used in which sport?

In fencing, the term "riposte" refers to a successful counterattack, after one party executes a parry against an opponent's attack.

The term "smash" is used in which sport?

In badminton, the term "smash" refers to when a player executes a hard overhead shot.

The term "fliffus" is used in which sport?

In trampoline, the term "fliffus" refers to a double somersault with a minimum of a half twist.

The term "anchor" is used in which sport?

In track and field, the term "anchor" refers to the last runner in a relay race.

The term "cage" is used in which sport?

In discus and hammer, the term "cage" refers to the place athletes stand while they're throwing.

The term "shooting circle" is used in which sport?

In hockey, the term "shooting circle" refers to the half circle surrounding each goal that players must be within in order to score a goal.

The term "full sus" is used in which sport?

In cycling -- mountain bike style -- the term "full sus" refers to a bike sporting both rear and front suspension.

The term "scull" is used in which sport?

In rowing, the term "scull" means the rower is using two oars, one in each hand.

The term "dobok" is used in which sport?

In taekwondo, the term "dobok" refers to the uniforms the competitors wear.

The term "club" is used in which sport?

In rhythmic gymnastics, the term "club" refers to the club-shaped objects gymnasts use to perform one of four choreographed athletic dance routines.

The term "barani" is used in which sport?

In trampoline, the term "barani" refers to a front somersault spiced up with a half twist.

The term "pivot" is used in which sport?

In handball, the term "pivot" refers to a player who spends most of his or her time on the offensive in the opposing side's zone.

The term "ace" is used in which sport?

In tennis, the term "ace" refers to a (legal) serve that the opposing competitor never touches.

The term "derny" is used in which sport?

In cycling -- track style -- the term "derny" refers to the pacing motorcycle used in some races.

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