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How Much Do You Actually Know About Olympic Sports?

The thrill of victory, the agony of da feet.

  1. Which one of these has never been an officially recognized Olympic sport?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Cricket.

    Despite being one of the longest-standing and most popular sports in the UK, cricket has never made its way onto the Olympic roster.

  2. How many sports will be played in the 2016 summer Olympics?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    28!

    Yup, there are 28 sports that'll be covered in this year's games, including kayaking, volleyball, and archery. Two new sports were re-added to the games this year: golf and rugby, so have fun watching those.

    Via totalprosports.com
  3. Which sport was demonstrated in the Olympics but never became an official Olympic sport?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    All of the above!

    It turns out that all four sports have never actually been a part of official Olympic competition, but have instead been ~demonstrated~ at the games.

  4. Which of these sports was introduced first: the triathlon or tennis?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Tennis.

    While the triathlon sounds like a really old-timey sport, it was actually only recognized as an Olympic sport in 1994 and introduced to the games during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Tennis was a part of the Olympics from 1896 to 1924 and then reintroduced to the games in 1988.

    Via giphy.com
  5. What country has won a gold medal at every Olympic games?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Great Britain.

    Great Britain's won a medal at every summer games so far.

    Via Fox
  6. Around how many athletes are expected to participate in the games this year?

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    Wrong! 

    10,500.

    10,500 athletes from 206 countries are expected to attend this year's summer games.

    Via giphy.com
  7. Which one of these is not currently an Olympic sport?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Polo.

    Polo used to be an official Olympic sport but hasn't been played in official competition since 1936.

    Via mhs.mwpisd.esc18.net
  8. Which of these has never been an Olympic sport?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Karate.

    Believe it or not, karate has never been a part of the Olympic competition. It's slated to possibly be a demonstration sport in 2020, but has yet to make it in. Lacrosse is no longer a part of Olympic competition, and golf and dressage are still summer games sports.

    Via joyreactor.com
  9. How about these — which has never been an Olympic sport?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Surfing.

    Surfing has yet to make the cut for the official games, in part because it's difficult for the Olympics to guarantee that there'll be a suitable place to hold a competition near future host city locations.

    Via totalprosports.com
  10. Which one of these was once an Olympic sport but no longer is?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Tug-of-war.

    Okay, so yes, tug-of-war was an official part of the track-and-field series of Olympic events from 1900 to 1920. Seems like it could be fun to bring back, no?

    Via petranchatmillwood.com
  11. Which of these sports wasn't a part of the ancient Olympic Games?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Fencing

    The ancient Olympics featured boxing, equestrian events (including chariot racing and riding), the pentathlon, wrestling, and running, along with a sport called pankration. Pankration was an ancient fighting sport with few rules, similar to MMA. Fencing was a part of the first modern Olympic Games, held in 1896.

    Via Senorgif/Comedy Central

All images courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Mollie Shafer-Schweig

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