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How Much Do You Actually Know About The Olympics?

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  1. The first modern Olympic games were held in what year?

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    1898
    1896
    1900
    1904
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1896.

    The first modern Olympics were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece.

    1896.
  2. What sport WASN'T part of the first Olympics in ancient Greece?

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    Handball
    Boxing
    Equestrian events
    Wrestling
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Handball.

    Handball was first introduced as sport in Scandinavia and Germany in the 19th century and was first became a part of the Games in 1936.

    Handball.
    Via olympic.org
  3. When was the first Winter Olympics?

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    1904
    1908
    1916
    1924
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1924.

    The first winter games weren't actually until 1924.

    1924.
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  4. What gymnast scored the first perfect ten?

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    Mary Lou Retton
    Nadia Comăneci
    Dominique Dawes
    Nellie Kim
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Nadia Comăneci

    Comăneci received a perfect 10 at the Montreal Olympics in 1976, a score so unheard of at the time, the scoreboards literally couldn't properly display it.

    Nadia Comăneci
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  5. How many countries have never medaled in the Olympics?

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    80
    76
    88
    73
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    73.

    Seventy-three countries, out of 202 that have competed, still haven't won a medal, including Bolivia, Bangladesh, Gambia, and Fiji.

    73.
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  6. True or false: No one has ever medaled in both summer and winter games.

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    True
    False
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    False

    Actually, four athletes managed to medal in both the summer and winter games. The most notable was East German Christa Luding-Rothenburger, who did it in the SAME YEAR. She won gold in speed skating in 1984. In 1888, she took home silver and bronze medals in speed skating at the winter games, and another silver at the summer games in match sprint cycling. She also won a bronze in 1992. Other athletes who've medaled in both summer and winter games include Eddie Eagan (USA), who won a gold in boxing in 1920 and then went on to win a gold in the four-man bobsled in 1932; Jacob Tullin Thams (Norway), who won gold in ski-jumping in 1924 and a silver in yachting in 1936; and Clara Hughes (Canada), who won two bronze medals in cycling in 1996 and then went on to win a bronze medal in speed skating in 2002.

    False
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  7. Who WASN'T a member of the 2012 women's gymnastics "Dream Team"?

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    Gabby Douglas
    McKayla Maroney
    Kyla Ross
    Nastia Liukin
    Aly Raisman
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Nastia Liukin.

    Liukin actually competed in the 2008 games!

    Nastia Liukin.
  8. How old was the oldest Olympian to compete in the Olympics?

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    63
    54
    72
    80
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    72.

    Oscar Swahn, from Sweden, was 72 and 281 days old when he won a silver medal in the 1920 Olympics. The sport? A shooting competition called running deer. He also competed in the 1908 and 1912 games.

    72.
    Via commons.wikimedia.org
  9. Which Olympian has won the most Olympic medals in history?

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    Biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NORWAY)
    Gymnast Nadia Comăneci (ROMANIA)
    Swimmer Michael Phelps (USA)
    Gymnast Larisa Latynina (USSR)
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    MIchael Phelps

    Phelps is the most accomplished Olympian of all time, with 22 Olympic medals. Gymnast Larisa Latynina has won the most individual medals — 14.

    MIchael Phelps
    Via Sports Illustrated
  10. What do the five Olympic rings stand for?

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    The five pillars of Olympic values — charity, sportsmanship, competition, compassion, and grace.
    The five original countries that competed in the Olympics
    The five original sports that made up the original Olympic competitions.
    The five continents that compete in the Olympics.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The five continents that compete in the Olympics.

    Pierre de Frédy designed the Olympic rings to denote the five continents that compete in the games — he lumped North and South America together. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    The five continents that compete in the Olympics.
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  11. Which one of these was never an Olympic sport?

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    Tug of war
    Roller hockey
    Squash
    Pigeon shooting
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Squash.

    Hard to believe that pigeon shooting used to be a part of the games while the relatively innocuous sport of squash hasn't ever been played in Olympic competition.

    Squash.
    Via Wikimedia.com
  12. Who is the fastest runner to ever compete at the Olympics?

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    Florence Griffith Joyner
    Ben Johnson
    Carl Lewis
    Usain Bolt
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Usain Bolt.

    Usain Bolt broke the world records in the 100-meter and 200-meter races at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    Usain Bolt.
    Via google.com
  13. What city has hosted the Olympic games the most times?

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    London, UK
    Athens, Greece
    Los Angeles, California
    Mexico City, Mexico
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    London.

    London's hosted the Olympics on three separate occasions — in 1908, 1948, and 2012.

    London.
  14. What year did the U.S. boycott the Olympics?

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    1936
    1940
    1976
    1980
    The U.S. has never boycotted the Olympics.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1980.

    President Jimmy Carter initiated a boycott of the Summer Olympic games, held in Moscow, to protest the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union.

    1980.

How Much Do You Actually Know About The Olympics?

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