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What do you really know about the Olympics?

I recently helped plan the annual summer party at H&K along with the other members of the social committee. Appropriately Olympic themed, the event took place at the Docks and people could play beach volley-call, dodge ball and human jousting. My job was to prepare an Olympics quiz so that people not participating in sports could still get involved.

Unfortunately all my hard work went to waste because people were too busy chatting to be bothered with my little quiz. So, I am now challenging my readers to see what they know about the Olympics. Below you will find the questions. Try to answer what you can and feel free to comment on questions that you think are interesting or difficult. In a week or so I will post the answers and you can see how much you really do (or don’t) know. NO CHEATING 🙂


Canadian and Olympic Sports Trivia


Bronze Level


1. What do the five rings of the Olympic Games mean?

a. Five cities
b. Five countries
c. Five continents
d. No meaning

2. What are the five colours of the Olympic rings?






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

4. According to the Olympic Creed, the most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but…

a. To beat your competitors
b. To play fair
c. To win big
d. To take part

5. Name five cities where the Olympic Games have previously been hosted.

6. Where was the Olympic torch first lit?

a. Athens
b. Olympia
c. Rome
d. USA

7. How often are Olympic Games held?

a. 4 years
b.10 years
c. 2 years
d. Every year

8. Women were first allowed to compete in the Olympic Games in what year?

a. 1800
b. 1850
c. 1900
d. 1950

9. Where were the most recent Olympic Games held?

a. Torino
b. Vancouver
c. Salt Lake City
d. Beijing

 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 metals won at the last Olympic Games
c. The countries line up in alphabetical order
d. Greece

Silver Level

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?

 13. What do the colours of the Olympic rings represent?



 14. Name one of the three sports that made their debut at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games?


 15. How much gold is in an Olympic Games 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…?  
a. Gymnasium
b. Exercise
c. Compete
d. 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)

a. 1940
b. 1952
c. 1960
d. 1964

Gold Level

21. How many times did Summer Olympic Games feature the sport of Live Pigeon Shooting?

a. Once
b. Twice
c. Five times
d. Never

22. What contest of team strength was an official Olympic event from 1900 to 1920?
a. Weightlifting
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 Olympic Games?

a. Fast food
b. Sex
c. Washing their swim suits
d. Drugs


24. What Olympic event includes such positions as the Flamingo, Crane and Fishtail?

a. Gymnastics
b. Synchronized swimming
c. Karate
d. Taekwondo


25. How many continents must a sport be played on before the IOC will consider making it an Olympic event for men?

a. 4
b. 2
c. 10
d  12


26. What are the five events included in the modern Olympic pentathlon?

27. What are the four throwing events in the Olympic Games?

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 Olympic Games?