Olympics Trivia Quiz With Answers

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?
A: 1960

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?
A: Forty

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?
A: Brakes.

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?
A: Once.

Q: How many continents must a sport be played on before the IOC will consider making it an Olympic event for men?
A: Four. 

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?
A: Greece. 

Q: What walking sport should be added to the Olympics, according to 42 percent of U.S. sports editors, sportscasters and columnists?
A: Golf.

Q: What Olympic event has runners wearing shoes with perforations to allow for drainage?
A: Steeplechase.

Q: How many seconds are there on an Olympic basketball shot clock?
A: Thirty.

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?
A: Three.

Q: What legendary strongman laid out the 600-foot race course for the only event in the earl years of the ancient Olympics?
A: Hercules.

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?
A: Golf.

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?
A: Sex. 

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?
A: Curling.

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?
A:  One.

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.