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The Olympics
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Carrying a Torch
Prior to the start of each Olympics, a torch is carried by a relay of runners to where the games are played from what site in Greece?
 
The World's Best
The winner of what Olympic event is traditionally acknowledged as the world's greatest athlete?
 
Olympic Renaissance
Who, at the age of 29, proposed the revival of the Olympic Games which had not been held for 1500 years?
A. Jean Foucault
B. Auguste Rodin
C. Honore de Balzac
D. Pierre de Coubertin
E. Marquis de Lafayette
 
Mottoes
What word completes the Olympic motto?
Swifter, Higher, ...
 
Angry Adolph
Name the black athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics which Adolph Hitler refused to present to him.
 
Women Athletes
Women competed for the first time in the Olympic Games of ...
A. 1896
B. 1900
C. 1908
D. 1920
E. 1928
 
Opening Ceremonies
Athletes from which country always lead the procession in the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games?
 
Sports Legends
His actual name was Bright Path. He won the pentathlon and the decathlon in the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games but in 1913, he was forced to return his medals because he had previously played semiprofessional baseball. Name him.
 
Olympic Events
What Olympic event involves guiding a horse through maneuvers by slight movements of the rider's hands, legs, and weight?
A. luge
B. vault
C. dressage
D. double trap
E. steeplechase
 
The First Olympics
How many nations competed in the original Olympic Games?
 
Sports History
With what Olympic sport are these names associated?
John Weissmuller
Don Schollander
Brian Goodell
John Naber
Mark Spitz
Rowdy Gaines
 
Playing Politics
The American team boycotted the 1980 summer Olympics in Moscow because ...
A. of the Chernobyl disaster
B. Afghanistan was invaded
C. Andrei Sakharov was exiled
D. a Korean airliner was shot down
E. nuclear missiles were found in Cuba
 
Olympic Rings
The five colors of the Olympic rings include black and blue and what other three?
 
Olympian Imbroglios
Who was the head of the IOC during the bribery scandals of 1999?
A. Kofi Annan
B. Rudolph Giuliani
C. Slobodan Milosevic
D. Benjamin Netanyahu
E. Juan Antonio Samaranch
 
Terrorism
In 1972, a terrorist group known as Black September murdered eleven Israeli athletes at the summer Olympic games in what city?
 
Dishonored Athletes
Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal in the 1988 Summer Olympics because what banned substance was detected in his body?
A. amphetamines
B. barbiturates
C. antidepressants
D. opium derivatives
E. anabolic steroids
 
Alloyed Awards
What two elements are alloyed to make the third-place medals for Olympic events?
 
The Olympic Creed
What is the next word in this statement of the Olympic Creed?
The most important thing in the Olympic Games
is not to win but to take part, just as the most
important thing in life is not the triumph but the ...
 
Interrupted Olympics
After the Olympic Games of 1936, the event was not held again until ...
A. 1944
B. 1948
C. 1952
D. 1956
E. 1960
 
Wrestling
Olympic wrestling includes two distinct styles of competition. One is called free style. What is the other?
 
Champions
In the 1984 Olympics, who became the first American woman to win the all-around gold medal in gymnastics?
A. Joan Benoit
B. Janet Evans
C. Mary Lou Retton
D. Kristi Yamaguchi
E. Jackie Joyner-Kersee
 
Struggle and Triumph
Even though scarlet fever left her severely crippled as a child, her determination enabled her not only to walk but to become a record-breaking sprinter who earned three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics. Name her.
 
The Marathon
The marathon is a long-distance race that commemorates what runner who carried the news of the decisive Greek victory over the Persians?
A. Xenophon
B. Aesclepius
C. Aristarchus
D. Pheidippides
E. Eratosthenes
 
Altered Olympiads
The winter and summer Olympic games always occurred in the same year until the Winter Games were held at Lillehammer, Norway in ...
 
Multiple Medalists
Name the American athlete who, at the 1984 Olympics, exactly replicated Jesse Owens historic record of earning four gold medals.
 
Olympic Origins
The ancient Olympic games were part of a religious festival honoring which mythological character?
A. Athena
B. Hermes
C. Zeus
D. Apollo
E. Pandora
 
Olympic Winners
Bob Mathias did it in 1948 and 1952. Who is the only other athlete to win two gold medals in the Olympic decathlon?
A. Bruce Jenner
B. Cassius Clay
C. Frank Shorter
D. Greg Louganis
E. Daley Thompson
 
The Pentathlon
Which aspect of the modern pentathlon is missing from this list?
running
fencing
swimming
horseback riding
 
The Modern Games
The 1896 Olympic Games were held in what city?
A. Rome
B. Paris
C. Berlin
D. Athens
E. London
 
Sports Traditions
The team from what country is traditionally the last to enter the stadium during the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games?

 
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Answers to Olympics
1. Olympia
2. decathlon
3. D
4. Stronger
5. Jesse Owens
6. B
7. Greece
8. Jim Thorpe
9. C
10. one
11. swimming
12. B
13. red, green, yellow
14. E
15. Munich
16. E
17. copper, tin
18. struggle
19. B
20. Greco-Roman
21. C
22. Wilma Rudolph
23. D
24. 1994
25. Carl Lewis
26. C
27. E
28. shooting
29. D
30. the host country
 
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