Team Canada 2005
|National Geographic World Championship 2005|
Date: July 14, 2005
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Team Canada: Nathan Friedman, John Yao
and Daniel Siracusa
Team Canada gets bronzed
After each of the 18 participating teams took a written test and was
challenged to an orienteering exercise through the Budapest Zoo & Botanical
Garden, a three-way tie sent Canada, the United States and Russia into
the final round. In the end, Canada trailed silver medallist Russia
by one point, and the United States won gold.
What river serves as the border between South Africa and Mozambique?
What group of people is found in northern Iraq and Iran, as well as southern
Turkey?* When quizmaster Alex Trebek asks you such questions under the
glare of television lights and in front of thousands of people, it's
hard to keep your cool. But Team Canada managed to do just that, securing
a bronze medal at the National Geographic World Championship in Budapest,
Hungary, on July 14.
Canada was represented by captain Daniel Siracusa (right),
Nathan Friedman (left) and John Yao (middle), all of whom won top honours
in The Great Canadian Geography Challenge in 2004 and 2005.
"We talked about how we would come to an answer that we weren't
sure about, and I told John and Nathan not to get flustered because
we were on stage," says Siracusa. "We worked well together,
and all contributed individual aspects that helped in the competition."
worked well together...
— Tanya Manoryk
*Team Canada correctly answered: the Limpopo River and the Kurds.
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