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Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Test Your Olympic Knowledge (Quiz)

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Sochi Winter Olympics 2014: Test Your Olympic Knowledge (Quiz)

Last night, I was deeply enthralled by the events unfolding at the Sochi Winter Olympics, when my daughter asked me when the first Olympics was held. I knew the modern Olympic Games had origins in ancient Greece, but other than that I knew very little about the history of the Olympics. So, I looked up the answer to my daughter’s question and while doing so discovered a treasure trove of interesting facts about the Olympics, both modern and ancient. Now, for your pleasure, I have turned these facts into a fun quiz that will make you an Olympian of Olympic trivia by the time your are done. Enjoy!


1. It is common knowledge that the modern Olympic Games are modeled after the ancient Olympic Games of Greece, but what year was the first modern Olympic Games held?

a. 1766

b. 1826

c. 1896

d. 1906


2. Early Olympians competed in the nude. True or False?

3. Who was responsible for the revival of the Olympics?

a.  King George VI

b. A Greek Senator

c. A French Educator

d. Napoleon Bonaparte


4.  Since the revival of the Olympics, the games have been held every four years except for which years?

a. 1916, 1940 and 1944

b. 1776, 1780 and 1916

c. 1776 and 1944

d. 1936 and 1944


5.  What time period were the original Olympic Games held?

a.  20 AD to 300 AD

b. 776 BC to 393 AD

c.  501 BC to 460 AD

d. 1200 BC to 1053 AD





6. The five rings of the Modern Olympics symbolize what?

a. The five Original Sports of the Ancient Greek Games

b. The original five Greek gods and Goddesses that blessed the games in Greek Mythology

c. The five peaks surrounding and including Mt Olympus

d. The five Continents



7. Where will the next Summer and Winter Games be held?

a. Brazil and South Korea

b. Brazil and France

c. Argentina and Norway

d. Argentina and Finland


8. The colors of the Olympic Rings are blue, yellow, black, green and red. Why were these colors chosen?

a. They represent human diversity

b.  At least one of these colors appear on every national flag in the world

c. In the ancient Greek games, these colors represented the different city-states that competed

d. Each of these colors represented 1st through 5th place in the ancient Greek Games




9. What is the motto of the Modern Olympics?

a. Friendship through sportsmanship

b. Swifter, higher, stronger

c. World peace through friendly competition

d. Respect all, Fear None



10.  The current Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia cost how much?

a. More than all of the other Winter Olympics combined

b. About $520 million dollars per event

c. $11 billion more than the Chinese Summer Games of 2008

d. all of the above



11. This year in Sochi, 98 events representing 15 sports will be held. How many of those events are new this year to the Olympics?

a. 2

b. 5

c. 8

d. 12



12.  During the Sochi Olympics, about 2,850 athletes will compete representing how many different countries?

a. 88

b. 98

c. 108

d. 118



13.  At which modern Olympics did women first compete?

a. Athens 1896

b. Paris 1900

c. Los Angeles 1932

d. London 1948



14. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has its headquarters in which country?

a. Greece

b. France

c. Canada

d. Switzerland



15. Traditionally, which team enters the stadium first on the opening night of the Olympics?

a. The teams enter by alphabetical order, so the first A country present goes first

b. The host country

c. The country that won the most medals at the previous Olympics

d. Greece



16.  After the 388 B.C. Olympic Games, a bronze statue of Zeus was built on the road to Olympia’s Stadium. Why?

a. Four men were caught in a cheating scandal and were fined for fixing a match. This money was used to build a statue of Zeus.

b. Zeus was the patron-god of the Olympics and the statue was commissioned by a wealthy Athenian seeking atonement after being caught in a high-profile extramarital homosexual affair with an Olympian athlete.

c. A massive flood disrupted the 388 B.C. games and in an effort to stave off further retribution by the gods, the city of Athens commissioned this bronze statue of Zeus.

d.  The bronze statue of Zeus was used to hold the Olympic torch year-round.


17. The ancient Greek games were as much a religious event as a sporting event and were held in honor of the Greek god, Zeus. What traditionally happened at the games to honor the patron-god?

a. 100 virgins would dance and make ritualized offerings of olive oil, bread and wine

b. 100 oxen would be sacrificed

c. 100 barrels of olive oil would be given out to participants and athletes

d. 100 bonfires would be lit and ritualized offerings of olive oil, bread and wine would be thrown by the athletes into the fire


18. The prize for the victors in the ancient Greek games were:

a. an Olympian tattoo on the shoulder plus an olive leaf wreath crown

b. vats of wine and an oxen

c. a gold, silver or bronze coin with the stamp of Zeus

d. an olive leaf wreath crown and a large sum of money


19. What is an Olympic Truce?

a. A truce between political enemies so that athletes and spectators could travel safely to the games

b. A tie between two athletes

c. A truce between a married wealthy couple in ancient Greece when divorce was imminent

d. A truce between Zeus and Hera when she found out about his philandering


20. Which event was NOT part of the Ancient Games:

a. chariot racing

b. boxing

c. wrestling

d. swimming


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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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4:28AM PDT on Sep 24, 2014

Thank you

7:24AM PST on Mar 2, 2014

After reading the truth behind the propaganda about the Sochi dogs, I can't be bothered with the Sochi Olympics.

2:57AM PST on Mar 1, 2014


1:31AM PST on Feb 23, 2014


11:15AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

This QUIZ is fun. Lots of historical questions.

9:34AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Considering what has been going on in Sochi with the dogs and anti-gay behavior I have not watched the Olympics and do not plan to start.

12:23AM PST on Feb 19, 2014


9:46PM PST on Feb 18, 2014


12:59PM PST on Feb 18, 2014

nie było tak źle

9:50AM PST on Feb 18, 2014


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