I watched the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver B.C. Canada last night. I though it was very nice, not to the scale of the Beijing Olympics of course, but it was pretty entertaining. Watching it I decided to put together a little Olympics quiz for when you aren’t watching the current games.
Q: What year was the first summer Olympiad televised live?
Q: What procedure did the IOC begin after a Danish cyclist died during the 1960 Summer Olympics?
A: Drug testing.
Q: How many minutes does an Olympic basketball game last?
Q: What track favorite donned golden shoes to capture gold in both 200- and 400-meter 1996 Olympic sprints?
A: Michael Johnson.
Q: What part of their vehicle’s equipment are bobsledders only allowed to use after crossing the finish line?
Q: Who was unable to run the 200-meter final at the 1992 Olympics due to food poisoning?
A: Michael Johnson.
Q: How many times did the Summer Olympics feature the sport of Live Pigeon Shooting?
Q: How many continents must a sport be played on before the IOC will consider making it an Olympic event for men?
Q: What athlete was protected by seven security guards at the 1994 Winter Olympics?
A: Nancy Kerrigan.
Q: What country competed alone in Athens’ 4896 Olympic 100-meter Freestyle for Sailors?
Q: What walking sport should be added to the Olympics, according to 42 percent of U.S. sports editors, sportscasters and columnists?
Q: What Olympic event has runners wearing shoes with perforations to allow for drainage?
Q: How many seconds are there on an Olympic basketball shot clock?
Q: What Olympic field event consists of a crouch, shift, thrust, and release?
A: The shot put.
Q: What general stormed into the boxing ring at the 1928 Olympics to protest judges ruling for a South African over an American?
A: Douglas MacArthur.
Q: What woman won five U.S. figure skating titles from 1969 to 1973, but never an Olympic gold medal?
A: Janet Lynn
Q: What country fielded 1996 Olympic women’s teams that won gold in basketball, soccer and softball?
A: The U.S.
Q: What 1996 Olympic event had two U.S. squads playing each other for the gold medal?
A: Beach volleyball.
Q: What U.S. Olympic city did the torch relay to Atlanta start in?
A: Los Angeles.
Q: What Olympic event’s winner is considered to be the “world’s greatest athlete”?
A: The decathlon’s.
Q: How many of Carl Lewis’ Olympic gold medals were won in long jump competitions?
Q: What legendary strongman laid out the 600-foot race course for the only event in the earl years of the ancient Olympics?
Q: What U.S. athlete was “about a week” pregnant when she broke the world 200-meter record at the 1984 Olympics?
A: Evelyn Ashford
Q: What woman was the only U.S. athlete to win a gold medal at the 1968 Winter Olympics?
A: Peggy Fleming.
Q: What U.S. team did 59 percent of American viewers root against during the 1996 Olympics, according to an ESPN poll?
A: The Dream Team.
Q: What sport did Margaret Abbott play to become the first U.S. woman to win Olympic gold, in 1900?
Q: What future screen star was the first person to swim 100 meters in under a minute, in 1922?
A: Johnny Weissmuller.
Q: What Olympic champ played an HIV-infected chorus boy in the play “Jeffery” in 1993?
A: Greg Louganis.
Q: What did members of the Canadian swim team swear to give u during the 1996 Olympics?
Q: What country had a swim team that swore off drinking and Big Macs for the 1996 Olympics?
A: The U.S.
Q: What 37-year-old middle distance runner qualified for her fourth Olympic team in 1996?
A: Mary Slaney.
Q: What sport is played with stones and brooms?
Q: What contest of team strength was an official Olympic event from 1900 to 1920?
A: Tug of War.
Q: What Olympic aquatic event includes such positions as the Flamingo, crane and fishtail?
A: Synchronized swimming.
Q: How many athletes competed for Israel in the 1994 Winter Olympics?
Q: What 1960 Olympic champion lit the torch to start Atlanta’s 1996 Olympic festivities?
A: Muhammad Ali.
Q: What apparatus do male gymnasts refer to as “the pig”?
A: The pommel horse.
Q: What new women’s team sport was played on sand at the 1996 summer Olympics?
A: Beach Volleyball.
Q: What was the only thing Brianna Scurry wore during her Gold Medal celebration lap through the late night streets of Atlanta?
A: Her gold medal.