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Columbia Sportswear Employees: Smartest in the World? Maybe So.

We’ve always thought our company was made up of the most intelligent, knowledgeable, and wise people in the world. Recently, a team of eight Columbia Sportswear employees proved us right by winning the inaugural World Quest Cup. The Cup, awarded at the first ever World Quest Knowledge Competition for Grownups, allowed “Columbia’s Warm Bodies of Knowledge” to demonstrate their global mastery of People and Places, Current Events, World Culture, History and Geography and more.

Said one team member, “Who would have guessed that my knowledge of traditional Iranian New Years table settings would come in handy.” Who indeed? Other questions included mind-benders like “Of the 70% of the earth covered by water, what percentage is fresh water? (3%, 7%, 11%, 21%)? and “What vintage TV personality’s likeness on a t-shirt caused a political near-riot in Lhasa in 1987 when it was mistaken for an image of the Dalai Lama? (Telly Savalas, Phil Silvers, Yul Brynner, Gabe Kaplan)? Do you know?

With team members who have lived in Norway, Austria, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, and Australia, Team Columbia beat out over 30 other teams from Nike, Mercy Corps, Portland State, University of Oregon, Oregon State, OHSU, The Oregonian, the City of Portland, and many more.

The Competition, put on the Oregon chapter of the World Affairs Council, supports the Council’s award-winning K–12 education program. The World Affairs Council of Oregon is a private, non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to broadening public understanding of international affairs.


For more information on the competition can be found here.

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