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The state capital of Wisconsin; population 231,916 (est. 2008).
Named after President James Madison(see Madison, James).
An energetic group dance popular in the 1960s.
- ‘There is something about the Madison, that grand-daddy of line dances, that has continually captured the cinematic fancy of great film directors.’
- ‘Based on a six count chorus step, The Madison contains several dance sequences which make playful references to 1950s and 1960s Television shows (e.g. The Rifleman) sports stars (e.g. Wilt Chamberlain) and performers (e.g. Jackie Gleason)’
Of unknown origin.
A cycle relay race for teams of two or more riders, typically held over several days.
- ‘With gold in the individual pursuit, silver in the team pursuit and bronze in the madison relay, the gutsy Londoner became the first Briton in 40 years to win three medals at one Games.’
- ‘He won gold in the individual pursuit, silver in the team pursuit and a bronze in the madison with team-mate Rob Hayles.’
- ‘Australia also won the first-ever Olympic madison in Sydney, when Brett Aitken and Scott McGrory triumphed.’
- ‘We've had ups and downs today, but we have a good chance in the team pursuit and with Brad and Rob in the madison.’
- ‘The madison, meanwhile, offers the duo a chance to take a medal they lost in Sydney thanks to a crash in the final laps when silver seemed assured.’
Named after Madison Square Garden, New York, the site of the first such race in 1892.
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