What do you really know about the Olympics – ANSWERS
For you newbies, I recently created a trivia game for a corporate party on the Olympics. I posted the questions last week and as promised I am now posting the answers. Consider this something fun to do for those of you slaving away at work.
1. What do the five rings of the Olympics mean?
a. Five cities
b. Five countries
c. Five continents
d. No meaning
2. What are the five colours of the Olympic rings?
red, black, green, blue, and yellow
3. What does the Olympic Motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” mean?
a. Harder, Stronger, Faster
b. Swifter, Higher, Stronger
c. Better, Bigger Bolder
d. Win, lose, draw
a. To beat your competitors
b. To play fair
c. To win big
d. To Take part
5. Where was the Olympic torch first lit?
6. Name five cities where the Olympics were hosted
The last five cities were Turino, Athens, Salt Lake City, Sydney, Nagano. For a full list of host cities click here
7. How often are Olympic Games held?
a. 4 years
c. 2 years
d. Every year
8. Women were first allowed to compete in the Olympics in what year?
9. Where were the most recent Olympics held?
c. Salt Lake City
10. Which country is first in line during the Opening Ceremony’s Parade of Nations?
a. The host city
b. The country with the most metal from the last Olympics
c. The countries line up in alphabetical order
11. In what year were the first ancient Olympic Games held?
a. 554 B.C
b. 776 B.C.
c. 1000 B.C
d. 399 A.D
12. What is an Olympiad?
an interval of four years between Olympic Games
13. What do the colours of the Olympic rings represent?
The colors red, black, green, blue, and yellow were chosen because at least one of the colors is found in the flag of every nation.
14. Name one of the three sports that made their debut at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games?
taekwondo, trampoline, and triathlon
15. How much gold is in a gold metal?
a. 2 grams
b. 4 grams
c. 6 grams
d. 8 grams
16. Why were the Olympic games of 1916, 1940, 1944 cancelled?
17. How is the Olympic torch rekindled?
a. With the flame from an ancient candle
b. With a regular match
c. From the sun’s rays
d. Using oils that light naturally when mixed
18. The word “gymnasium” comes from the Greek root “gymnos”, which means…? (nude; the literal meaning of “gymnasium” is “school for naked exercise.” Athletes in the ancient Olympic Games would participate in the nude.)
19. Who was the “inventor” of the modern Olympic Games?
a. Joseph Brookes
b. Baron Pierre de Coubertin
c. Henri Zapeas
d. Alexander the Great
20. When were the first Olympic Games televised? (Hint: The games took place in Rome)
21. How many times did the Summer Olympics feature the sport of Live Pigeon Shooting?
c. Five times
22. What contest of team strength was an official Olympic event from 1900 to 1920?
b. Red Rover
c. Tug of War
d. Three on three boxing
23. What did members of the Canadian swim team swear to give up during the 1996 Olympics?
a. Fast food
c. Washing their swim suits
24.What Olympic event includes such positions as the Flamingo, crane and fishtail?
b. Synchronized swimming
25. How many continents must a sport be played on before the IOC will consider making it an Olympic event for men?
26. What are the five events including in the modern Olympic pentathlon?
fencing, cross-country running, riding, shooting and swimming
27. What are the four throwing events in the Olympics?
javelin, shotput, discus and hammer throw and hammer
28. What Olympic event involves executing a plant, hang, push-pull, handstand and release?
29. What Olympic sport is played with stones and brooms?
30. What women’s team sport was played on sand for the first time at the 1996 summer Olympics?