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The quadrennial passing of the torch has begun for the third time, this time with Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on the sidelines.
The quadrennial global soccer championship is probably one reason, as gamblers chose to wager on that rather than baccarat.
This time around, though, World Cup allegiance has been made simpler here by the United States team’s absence from the quadrennial soccer showpiece.
As a result, Wednesday's World Cup vote has taken on dimensions far larger than merely determining the venue of a quadrennial soccer tournament.
But, unlike the Olympics—the only occasion when most people have any time for figure skating or race walking—the World Cup serves as a quadrennial testament to soccer’s year-round appeal.
At least half a million visitors from all over the world will visit Russia to attend the quadrennial event.
The United States was the last North American country to host the quadrennial tournament, in 1994, but Baltimore was not among the nine cities that hosted a World Cup game then.
Well, another major, international, quadrennial sporting event is not too far off: On June 14, the 2018 men’s FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia — and the competition is expected to be fierce.
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Did You Know?
Most things quadrennial occur every four years (that's the more common use). We can say, for example, that the U.S. presidential election is a quadrennial event. But we can also say that president's term in office is quadrennial, making good use of the "lasting four years" sense. The Latin combining form quadri- adds a factor of four to many English words: quadriceps (the thigh muscle, which has four parts), quadrilateral (a four-sided polygon), quadragenarian (a person in his or her 40s), and quadricentennial (a 400th anniversary), to name a few. The -ennial part of quadrennial has the same root as in biennial and centennial; all trace back to annus, the Latin word for "year."
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