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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THE ANSWERS

 

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 games held?

C. 1896

 

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

True.

 

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

C. French Educator, Baron Pierre de Couberin

 

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

A. 1916, 1940 and 1944

Thanks to the devastation from WWI and WWII, the Olympics could not be held on these three occasions.

 

5.  What time period were the first Olympic games held?

B. 776 BC to 393 AD

The ancient Greeks hosted the first Olympic Games in honor of the Greek God, Zeus. The games were held in Olympia, Greece. But Roman Emperor Theodosius I ordered the games to stop after a 1169-year run as he deemed the games too pagan.

 

6. The five rings of the Olympics symbolize what?

D. The Five (Major) Continents

However, it was not until the Stockholm Games of 1912 that competitors representing all five continents actually competed together.

 

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

a. Brazil and South Korea

 

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

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

Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the Modern Olympic Games designed a flag with these rings. The multicolored rings symbolize the five significant continents and are interconnected to symbolize the friendship between the nations competing at the Games. This flag debuted at the 1920 Olympic Games.

 

9. What is the motto of the Modern Olympics?

B. Swifter, higher and stronger

Father Henri Didon, a friend of Pierre de Coubertin, often used the Latin phrase  Citius, Altius, Fortius (“Swifter, Higher, Stronger”) and de Coubertin decided it would make an excellent motto for the Olympics in the early 1920′s. It has been used ever since.

 

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

d. all of the above

The Sochi Winter Games are the most expensive Olympics in history. President Putin’s original promise to spend $12 billion on the Winter Games helped win Russia the bid for 2014. While this financial commitment was once a source of pride for Russians, the staggering $50 billion plus price tag has now become somewhat of an embarrassment.

 

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

D. 12

The new events include ski half-pipe (men and women), snowboard slopestyle (men and women) and luge team relay.

 

12.  This year in Sochi, 2,850 athletes will compete representing how many different countries?

A. 88

 

13.  At which Olympics did women first compete?

B. Paris 1900

 

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

D. Switzerland

The IOC headquarters and museum are in Lausanne, Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva.

 

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

D. Greece

The Greek team always goes first as a tribute to their historical role in the origin of the Olympic Games.

 

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 involving a boxing match and were fined. The penalty money was used to build the bronze statue of Zeus.

 

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?

B. 100 oxen would be sacrificed

 

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

D. An olive leaf wreath crown and a large sum of money

Additionally, songs and poems would likely be written about the winning athletes. Sometimes, a sculpture would be commissioned. In general, the winning athletes were treated as heroes, as they are today, in their home city-states.

 

19. What is an Olympic Truce?

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

 

20. Which event was NOT included in the Ancient Greek Games

D. swimming

 

 

 

 

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90 comments

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapaabout a year ago

Thank you

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.1 years ago

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

Tanya W.
Tanya W.1 years ago

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Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobetz1 years ago

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Sierra DeLeon
Sierra DeLeon1 years ago

This QUIZ is fun. Lots of historical questions.

Jeaneen Andretta
Past Member 1 years ago

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.

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