The Olympics, think you can get gold?

By: Scott Nordlund

The Olympics, think you can get gold?
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The all encompassing Olympic quiz
Where was the first modern Olympics held?
London
Paris
Athens
In 1896, Athens hosted the first ever modern Olympic games, and it was chosen due to its historic connection with the Olympics, as the original home to them.
Barcelona

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Where were the first Winter Olympics held?
Vancouver
St. Petersburg
Geneva
Chamonix
In 1924, Chamonix, France hosted the first Winter Olympics, due to its Alpine landscape, and to appease the French Olympic officials.

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What nation has won the most medals in the Summer Olympics?
Great Britain
USA
The USA has won the most medals in the Summer Olympics, and this trend has continued during the 2016 Rio Games as the eclipsed the 1000 medal mark.
Russia
China

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What nation has won the most medals in the Winter Olympics?
Norway
The Norwegians have won the most medals in the Winter Olympics, with dominance in skiing and other Nordic events.
Canada
USA
Finland

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Antarctica and what other continent has not hosted an Olympic games?
South America
North America
Oceania
Africa
No African country has ever hosted the Olympic games. Maybe South Africa one of these days?

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What nation in the southern hemisphere has hosted a Winter Olympic game?
Australia
Peru
Brazil
None
There is no southern hemisphere nation that has ever hosted the Winter Olympics, but Peru, New Zealand or Chile could certainly host

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What nation's woman was the last to medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympics?
Canada
Clara Hughs from Canada won medals on the bike, and on speed skates, and is now a successful commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
USA
Russia
China

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What USA athlete holds the record for the number of medals in an Olympic career?
Usain Bolt
Michael Phelps
Phelps has won a total of 28 medals in the pool over 4 Olympics (2004,2008,2012,2016) in multiple disciplines, all of which have been in swimming.
Bonnie Blair
Donavon Bailey

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What countries baron founded the International Olympic Committee?
France
Coubertin is known as the founder of the Olympics and was from France. Thus French is one of the official Olympic languages
England
Spain
Portugal

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What year's Olympics were the first to allow woman?
1924
1936
1900
Pairs 1900 was the first Olympic games to allow woman, and they were awarded paintings instead of medals. Medals were awarded at the 1904 Olympics once again, but if you find an Olympic painting they have been going for over six figures on the open market.
1904

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In what country was the first country to utilize electronic timing?
Norway
USA
Great Britain
Sweden
Stockholm 1920 in Sweden were the first Olympics to utilize electronic timing and it has continued to this day with Timex being the current official timer.

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What Olympics were first televised by US TV?
Rome
Rome 1960 was the first games televised by US TV, and ever since that the Olympics have seen corporate sponsors take part to promote their brands
Stockholm
Oslo
Paris

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What Olympics had the most countries attend?
Rome
Athens
Rio
Rio 2016 hosted the most amount of countries ever for the Olympics,which included a refugee team, and we look to see this trend increase.
Lisgard

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What kind of animal was the 1976 Montreal games mascot?
Moose
Canuck
Beaver
Amik was a beaver, which is only natural for a Canadian Olympic games, although Calgary and Vancouver decided to go away from the animal theme for their Olympic games
Elk

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Which famous hockey player helped ignite the cauldron at Vancouver 2010?
Paul Coffey
Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Gretzky was given the honour of lighting the cauldron at Vancouver 2010, and #99 had some problems initially, but the cauldron did light!
Bobby Orr
Maurice Richard

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How long is the last event of the summer Olympics (the Marathon)
25 km
30 km
40 km
42.2 km
42.2 km is the exact length of the Olympic marathon, and is the last event of the Summer Olympics every year, and ends in the Olympic Stadium

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The Olympics in Ancient Rome were to honor what god?
Zeus
The Olympics were meant to honor Zeus, and I am sure he was mightily honored
Athena
Poiseden
Apollo

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What non-Asian country broke up the monopoly of Asian dominance in field hockey?
England
Canada
USA
West Germany
West Germany won the gold in Munich in 1972, which broke up the long standing tradition of Pakistan and Indian dominance in the sport. Since, the Netherlands have seen a recent push for the South Asian countries.

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How many Olympics has London held?
One
Two
Three
London has hosted three Olympics; 1908,1948, 2012, and at this point we might see it host its fourth soon enough.
Four

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Where was the Olympic motto first used?
Paris
The Olympic motto was first used in Paris 1924, and is the hendiatris Citius, Altius, Fortius, which is Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger
London
Athens
Oslo

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How many sports were in the first Olympic games in Athens?
5
9
Athens had 9 sports; Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling
11
15

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How many sports were included in the Rio games in 2016?
25
28
The Olympics in Rio held 28 sports this summer and 2 more are being added for Tokyo that we know of currently. (Softball and Baseball)
30
35

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Where did aquatics make its debut?
Athens
Aquatics first debuted in 1896 in Athens, the first Olympics, and Phelps would have swept every event with ease.
Paris
St. Louis
Beijing

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What was the last year of both the Winter and Summer Olympics in the same year?
1980
1984
1990
1992
The IOC decided to utilize a two year cycle ever since 1992 and have Summer and Winter games separated by two years. For instance, we have just finished the Rio 2016 games, and next is in South Korea for the winter games in 2018.

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Where did the Olympic flag make its debut?
Belgium
The Olympic flag made its debut in 1920 in Antwerp Belgium and has flown at every Olympics, alongside the host nations flag, ever since. The rings also contain at least one color of every nation to complete the flag
France
USA
England

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The triathlon has running, biking and what other event?
Archery
Horseback Riding
Diving
Swimming
An Olympic triathlon has a 1.5 km swim, a 40 km bike and a 10 km run

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What event is called the ultimate test?
Decathlon
The decathlon is what separates the men from the boys in the Olympics, and is known as the ultimate test of an athlete with 10 events, including track and field events that test strength, speed and endurance
Heptathlon
Discuss
Sprint

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What sport made its reintroduction in 2016?
Softball
Baseball
Hockey
Golf
Golf made its reintroduction in 2016 in Rio, the last time we saw the links honor Olympians was in the 1904 games. The global game is right at home as an Olympic event once again!

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What city will become the first to host a Winter and Summer games in 2022?
Beijing
Beijing hosted in 2008 and is now hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022 after defeating a bid from Kazakhstan for the games. We saw Finland and Germany drop out of the running before the vote due to concerns from the citizens over the cost of the games
Paris
Oslo
Vancouver

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What year did cricket make its only entry into the games?
1896
1900
Cricket was played in the 1900 games and England won the gold, with the French winning the silver, there were no other teams competing. Most of the British team was comprised of English foreign service workers, and wanted the day off from work!
1904
1908

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What colour is the background of the Olympic flag?
White
White, the Olympic flag is white to symbolize peace with the multicolored rings sitting over it.
Black
Blue
Green

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What rule in athletics is not the same in other international competitions
Athletes do not need to wear shoes
According to the Olympics, athletes do not need to wear shoes on the track, although it might be a bit tough on the soles of the feet after a few steps!
Athletes do not need to adhere to lines
The start gun is a real gun
The track is made of grass

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Which sport includes takedowns, escapes, and reversals?
Wrestling
Wrestling is the sport that includes takedowns, escapes and reversals. Wrestling is one of the original sports in the Olympics and continues to wow crowds every Olympics with the speed and skill necessary to compete at the highest levels
Dressage
Javelin
Shot Put

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In what year did basketball debut as a medal event at the Olympics with professionals?
1976
1980
1992
The Dream Team from the USA, debuted in 1992 in Barcelona and spurred on the run of seven straight gold medals for the USA in mens and womans basketball
1996

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Mascots have become an accepted symbol for the Olympic Games, with each host country for both Summer and Winter Games coming up with their own. In what year and Games was the Olympic mascot officially recognized?
Mexico CIty
The 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City was the first to have an Olympic Mascot. It was a Red Jaguar, an animal prominent in many Aztec legends. Since then, Olympic Mascots have become more comical and a huge hit with the kids
London
Paris
Amsterdam

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