O Say Can You Guess?
Get ready for the Winter Olympics with Slate's national-anthem quiz.
Posted Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at 11:02 AM
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More than 80 countries will participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics, which begin with Friday's opening ceremony and parade of nations. As a primer for the Games, we've built a quiz of 10 national anthems—those for countries with a chance to win multiple Olympic golds, as well as nations that have as much chance to medal as a John Candy-led bobsled team. To test your ear, click on the audio players below for a 30-second instrumental clip of each anthem. If you are still stumped, click on the "hint" links to get some clues. (The hints will be more helpful if you know a little something about Winter Olympic history or Cool Runnings.) Bonne chance, viel Glück, buona fortuna, and good luck!
Anthem No. 10:
Click here for a hint...This country is only competing in one event, the freestyle skiing competition, at this year's Games. Irving "Irv" Blitzer will not be coaching this team.
*Correction, Feb. 11, 2010: This article originally included the audio for Russia's previous national anthem, "Patrioticheskaya Pesnya" (The Patriotic Song), and not the current "State Anthem of the Russian Federation." (Return to the corrected recording.)
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Clips from New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Music of the World: National Anthems © Universal/Philips, 1998, and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, National Anthems of the World © Essential Media Group, 2009. Photograph of Olympic flags in Vancouver by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images.