Thursday, August 2, 2012

Answer: Where was the sculptor born?

Apparently this question was a bit harder than most.  Of the people who sent in their times, the average was 16.9 minutes.  Excellent dedication on the part of the Search Challenge solvers! 

The sport under discussion here is Chilean rodeo, which I found by searching for the two terms that I didn’t recognize at the start—huasa and collera.  

From these terms you can quickly get to Wikipedia, which defines them as Spanish language terms used in Chilean rodeo.  I also did a search for [ Michelle Recart ] and found that she was the first woman to be a huasa in the sport of Chilean rodeo.  Interesting!  That's a good start. 

Next part of the question:  Who are the champions?  [ Chilean rodeo champions ] gives me a nice set of results, but the second one:

Has a “jump to” link to “National champions of Chile” which turns out to be a list of the rodeo stars that have done well over time.  Reading a bit shows  that the two greatest champions were Ramón Cardemil and Juan Carlos Loaiza.  I did two quick searches, one for [Ramón Cardemil statue] and another for [ Juan Carlos Loaiza statue ]  (and just to be sure, I ALSO did these searches using “Translated foreign pages” (a tool on the left-hand side under “Show search tools").  

After reading a few pages, it was clear that Cardemil has a statue in Curicó, Chile, called "La Atajada”—now, who’s the sculptor? 

Again, using “Translated foreign pages” as the search tool, and a query like [ la atajada sculptor ] it’s not hard to find that it was made by Graciela Albridi Cifuentes.

Once more, a search for [ Graciela Albridi Cifuentes born ] (again, using "Translated") leads to her personal web site saying  she was born in Syria to Chilean parents.

So, Chilean rodeo (which is the second most popular sport in Chile) has only two mega-winners since the sport began record-keeping in 49.  Ramón Cardemil Moraga and Juan Carlos Loaiza MacLeod both have 7 wins according to the English-language Wikipedia article on Chilean Rodeo winners.  

And now we can figure out when the unveiling took place.  Moraga (aka Don Ramón) has a statue to him in Curicó, made by Graciela Albridi, August 19, 2006.  (As seen by the date on the photo on Albridi’s website.) See: Here’s the image linked from Albridi’s website showing the unveiling.  Looking at the date in the lower right corner, it’s Aug 19, 2006
In the comments, FCDukie points out:  "Apparently Ramon Cardemil does not actually have the most championships in the sport, that title goes to Juan Carlos Loaiza, with 8 championships to Ramon's 7."  And FCDukie is correct…  thanks for the correction! 

Searching for [Juan Carlos Loaiza ] using “Translated” leads you to the Spanish language version of the Wikipedia entry for Loaiza, which documents his 8th win in 2012. 

Note to self (and to all searchers interested in accuracy), always second-source your facts, especially when they're from another culture and language!  (The English language version of Wikipedia... or other sources... might be a year or more out of date!) 

Search on!  (In translated foreign pages!) 


  1. Dan - two observations that may be of minor interest regarding the search methods you described:
    1 - I know that I'm probably in a fairly small minority with this, but I commonly use an older Mac laptop running an older version of the OS X
    (10.4.11, it's as current as is supported on this platform) and as a result I don't see the latest version of the Google search page; in other words, I don't have access to items you describe like "Translated foreign pages", in the left sidebar search tools pane. There are ways around this, but if someone doesn't understand that they aren't seeing what you are describing and using, it can be a little frustrating... Again, I understand that you are operating on the premise that folks are running the current/latest/greatest, but that is not always the case and leads to some confusion - it also adds a bit of time to the searches.
    2 - to confirm the above, I used a Mac running current software/hardware and in checking out the left sidebar search tools, discovered another item that would have been useful in this particular challenge: "Sites with images" - knowing from the question that there was only one statue in question, I started with a search of [ Chilean rodeo champions ] & then used "Sites with Images" > saw that there was a FlickrHiveMind page and guessed there might be an image there and indeed there was! With that info regarding La Atajada, a search would bring up Albridi Cifuentes quickly and the info off her homepage...
    just a slightly different path using a different search tool, but relatively quick.
    Would also mention that the way mobile OSs handle search are different enough that they sometimes cause confusion relating to someone using search on a laptop/desktop... even though those OSs are becoming more mobile-like. Seems the life spans of hardware & software versions are becoming shorter.
    I'm not sure the sRS question was harder, but sorting out the translations took longer - because of less direct work arounds and/or unfamiliarity with the new tools/locations... at any rate, it was revealing challenge, thanks.
    sites with images
    hivemind Curicó
    La Atajada/flickr
    you might find this interesting as a tool -

  2. For some reason I couldn't comment on the last post; no matter what I tried it wouldn't authorize/authenticate me.

    This puzzle took me only two or three minutes to solve; I searched: collera huasa
    and found that they were terms associated within Chilean rodeos
    I then searched : huasa collera hombre mas importante
    on and found the Ramon Cardemil Wikipedia page in Spanish, found the sculptor's name and the date and place of the sculpture; searched her name, found her website and read her bio to find her birthplace in Damascus.

    There seems to be something wrong with your authentication system; I tried a number of different ids on several different computers and couldn't comment until now.