July marks the opening of the London 2012 Olympics. To commemorate the occasion, here’s a quick Olympics quiz to test your sporting knowledge in between more important matters, such as running the country. Ready – set – GO!
Olympic Games Quiz
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Olympic gold medals are no longer made of pure gold; when was the last time athletes actually received real gold medals?
Question 1 Explanation:
The last Olympic gold medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded in 1912.
Which country has won the most medals at the Summer Olympic Games?
Question 2 Explanation:
The United States has won more medals (2,189) at the Summer Games than any other country.
What type of costume did the ancient Greeks wear during the games?
None - they were nude
Question 3 Explanation:
Aerodynamic - ancient Olympic athletes competed in the buff.
What do the five Olympic rings represent?
Five ancient humours.
The five stages of the human life cycle.
Five major regions of the world.
The original five countries competing in the first international Olympic Games.
Question 4 Explanation:
The five Olympic rings represent the five major regions of the world – Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceana, and every national flag in the world includes one of the five colors, which are (from left to right) blue, yellow, black, green, and red.
When were women first allowed to compete in the Olympic Games?
Question 5 Explanation:
Women were first allowed to participate in 1900 at the second modern Olympic Games.
What is the exact length of a marathon?
26 miles and 385 yards
26 miles and 921 yards
26 miles and 2 yards
Question 6 Explanation:
During the first several modern Olympics, the marathon was always an approximate distance. In 1908, the British royal family requested that the marathon start at Windsor Castle so that the royal children could witness its start. The distance from Windsor Castle to the Olympic Stadium was 42,195 meters (or 26 miles and 385 yards). In 1924, this distance became the standardized length of a marathon.
During the 1900 Olympic Games in France, winners were presented with something else instead of medals. What did they get?
Handshake and a massage
A stake in the host country's treasury
A laurel wreath
Question 7 Explanation:
In 1900, in France, winners received paintings instead of gold medals. Gold, silver and bronze medals weren't given out until the third modern Olympics, in 1904
What is the Olympic Motto?
Alea iacta est
Labor omnia vincit
Citius, Altius, Fortius
Veritas vos liberabit
Question 8 Explanation:
In 1921, Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, borrowed a Latin phrase from his friend, Father Henri Didon, for the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius ("Swifter, Higher, Stronger").
What ages were the youngest and the oldest Olympians?
10 and 72
14 and 63
11 and 94
16 and 57
Question 9 Explanation:
There's a 62-year age difference between the oldest and youngest Olympians ever. The youngest Olympian ever was Dimitrios Loundras, a Greek gymnast in the 1896 Athens Olympics. He was 10. The oldest Olympian ever was Oscar Swahn, a Swedish shooter in the 1920 Antwerp, Belgium, Olympics. He was 72.
Which of these events was once a Olympic sport?
Question 10 Explanation:
Tug-Of-War was once an Olympic sport and was part of the track and field athletics program. Two teams stand on opposite sides of a line in a giant sandbox. All members of the team grab the rope and when the event begins you pull as hard as possible in an attempt to pull your opponents across the line. If you pull one member of their team across the line, you win; basically a giant brute strength competition. Tug-Of-War was an active event in the Olympics in the following years: 1900, 1904, 1906 (Intercalated Games), 1908, 1912, 1920.
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