National Geographic World Championship

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Russia took home the gold for the first time in the nearly 20-year history of the National Geographic World Championship.

The National Geographic World Championship is an international competition for student teams from around the world to test their geographic knowledge. The National Geographic Society organized the first international geography contest in 1993 at the Royal Geographical Society in London, with just three teams competing. The competition has grown over the years to include teams from as many as 18 regions. Competitions have been held in Orlando, Florida (1995), Washington, D.C. (1997), Toronto, Canada (1999), Vancouver, Canada (2001), Tampa, Florida (2003), Budapest, Hungary (2005), San Diego, California (2007), Mexico City, Mexico (2009), and San Francisco, California (2011). In 2002, the contest name changed from the International Geographic Olympiad to the National Geographic World Championship. The team from the United States is selected from the top winners of the National Geographic Bee. Other regions of the world that host geography competitions for students under 16 years of age choose their teams for the World Championship from their pool of winners.

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