Summer Olympics Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

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1: When was the first modern Olympic Games held?

A: 1900

B: 1896

C: 1924

D: 1936

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896.

2: Which city hosted the most recent Summer Olympics in 2021?

A: Rio de Janeiro

B: Los Angeles

C: Tokyo

D: Beijing

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Tokyo, Japan hosted the most recent Summer Olympics in 2021.

3: Which Committee is responsible for organizing the Summer Olympic Games?

A: FIFA

B: World Athletics

C: IOC

D: FINA

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is responsible for organizing the Summer Olympic Games.

4: In which year did the tradition of awarding Olympic medals begin?

A: 1920

B: 1904

C: 1932

D: 1896

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The tradition of awarding gold, silver, and bronze medals started in the 1904 Summer Olympics.

5: How many nations sent athletes to the inaugural 1896 Summer Olympics?

A: 10

B: 14

C: 20

D: 25

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Fourteen nations participated in the inaugural 1896 Summer Olympics.

6: Which city was the first to host the Summer Olympic Games three times?

A: Paris

B: Los Angeles

C: London

D: Tokyo

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: London was the first city to host the Summer Olympic Games three times, in 1908, 1948, and 2012.

7: How many competitors participated in the 2021 Summer Olympics?

A: 9,500

B: 11,420

C: 14,300

D: 8,200

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The 2021 Summer Olympics saw 11,420 competitors from 206 nations.

8: Which country has won the most Olympic medals in Summer Olympic history?

A: Germany

B: China

C: Soviet Union

D: United States

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The United States leads the all-time medal count at the Summer Olympics.

9: When did women first officially compete in the Summer Olympic Games?

A: 1924

B: 1900

C: 1936

D: 1948

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Women first competed officially in the 1900 Paris Games.

10: Which country was the first in South America to host the Summer Olympics?

A: Argentina

B: Chile

C: Brazil

D: Uruguay

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Brazil was the first South American country to host the Summer Olympics in 2016.

11: What significant event occurred during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games?

A: A terrorist attack

B: Rain delayed the events

C: A natural disaster

D: An outbreak of a disease

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The 1972 Munich Olympic Games were marred by a terrorist attack, which led to the deaths of Israeli athletes.

12: Which Olympic Games introduced the concept of the Torch Relay?

A: 1936 Berlin

B: 1928 Amsterdam

C: 1948 London

D: 1960 Rome

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin introduced the Torch Relay.

13: Which athlete lit the Olympic torch at the 1996 Atlanta Games?

A: Usain Bolt

B: Carl Lewis

C: Muhammad Ali

D: Nadia Comaneci

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic torch at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

14: When did the Olympics first include the marathon race in its modern format?

A: 1904

B: 1908

C: 1896

D: 1920

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The marathon race was part of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

15: What notable change occurred in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games regarding television?

A: It was the first to be televised worldwide.

B: They included advertisements during the events.

C: They limited media access.

D: They used videotape delays.

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games were the first to be broadcast worldwide on television.

16: Which athlete set a record for gold medals at a single Summer Olympics in 2008?

A: Carl Lewis

B: Michael Phelps

C: Usain Bolt

D: Mark Spitz

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Michael Phelps set a record for gold medals at a single Summer Olympics with eight in 2008.

17: Which host city planned to hold the 2020 Summer Olympics but had to delay it to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

A: Los Angeles

B: Paris

C: Tokyo

D: Brisbane

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Tokyo was set to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, which were delayed to 2021 due to the pandemic.

18: Which historical figure founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC)?

A: Pierre de Coubertin

B: Jules Rimet

C: Adolf Ogi

D: Juan Antonio Samaranch

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Pierre de Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894.

19: Which sport was reintroduced to the Summer Olympics in 2016 after a prolonged absence?

A: Rugby Sevens

B: Cricket

C: Polo

D: Tug of War

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Rugby Sevens was reintroduced at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

20: In which Summer Olympic Games did the USA “Dream Team” in basketball first appear?

A: 1984 Los Angeles

B: 1992 Barcelona

C: 2000 Sydney

D: 1988 Seoul

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The USA “Dream Team” in basketball first appeared at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

21: When did the Olympics first include a decathlon event?

A: 1924

B: 1932

C: 1904

D: 1912

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The decathlon was first included in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.

22: Which continent has never hosted the Summer Olympic Games?

A: South America

B: Africa

C: Asia

D: Oceania

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Africa has never hosted the Summer Olympic Games.

23: Which athlete won four gold medals in track and field at the 1936 Berlin Olympics?

A: Jesse Owens

B: Carl Lewis

C: Michael Johnson

D: Jim Thorpe

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Jesse Owens won four gold medals in track and field at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

24: What is the historical significance of the Marathon victory by Spiridon Louis in the 1896 Games?

A: It sparked wild celebrations.

B: It was the last event.

C: He ran without shoes.

D: It was canceled due to weather conditions.

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The Marathon victory by Spiridon Louis sparked wild celebrations at the 1896 Games.

25: What was the notable feature of the 2024 Paris Olympics Opening Ceremony?

A: It will be held outside a stadium.

B: It will occur underwater.

C: It will include digital fireworks.

D: It will be held on Mars.

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: The 2024 Paris Olympics is set to have its Opening Ceremony outside a stadium, featuring athletes parading on boats along the Seine River.

26: Which city is scheduled to host the Summer Olympics in 2028?

A: Paris

B: Los Angeles

C: Brisbane

D: Tokyo

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Los Angeles is scheduled to host the Summer Olympics in 2028.

27: What major international issue led to the boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics?

A: World War II

B: The Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan

C: The Great Depression

D: The Korean War

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The 1980 Moscow Olympics were boycotted due to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan.

28: What sport was added to the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics?

A: Tug of War

B: Skateboarding

C: Breaking (Breakdancing)

D: Powerlifting

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Breaking (Breakdancing) has been added to the program for the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics.

29: Who set a world record in the 400m hurdles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

A: Michael Phelps

B: Simone Biles

C: Karsten Warholm

D: Usain Bolt

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Norway’s Karsten Warholm set a world record in the 400m hurdles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

30: Which athlete famously won three gold medals in gymnastics at the Berlin 1936 Olympics?

A: Nadia Comaneci

B: Olga Korbut

C: Vitaly Scherbo

D: Carl Schuhmann

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: Carl Schuhmann of Germany famously won three gold medals in gymnastics at the Berlin 1936 Olympics.

31: Which swimmer became widely known as “Eric the Eel” during the 2000 Sydney Games?

A: Michael Phelps

B: Ian Thorpe

C: Eric Moussambani

D: Matt Biondi

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Swimmer Eric Moussambani became known as “Eric the Eel” for his slow but courageous swim in the 2000 Sydney Games.

32: How many Summer Olympic Games has Africa hosted?

A: None

B: Three

C: One

D: Two

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Africa has never hosted the Summer Olympic Games.

33: Which sport returned to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after previously being dropped?

A: Baseball/Softball

B: Cricket

C: Polo

D: Tug of War

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Baseball/Softball returned to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after previously being dropped.

34: Which country has only missed one Summer Olympics since their inception?

A: United States

B: Australia

C: Romania

D: Great Britain

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: Great Britain has participated in all Summer Olympics since their inception, neither as host nor due to boycotts.

35: Who is the only country to have topped the Summer Olympic medal table 18 times?

A: China

B: Germany

C: United States

D: France

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The United States has topped the Summer Olympic medal table 18 times.

36: Which sporting event was held in Stockholm due to Australian quarantine laws in 1956?

A: Swimming

B: Equestrian

C: Fencing

D: Sailing

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Equestrian events of the 1956 Melbourne Games were held in Stockholm due to Australia’s quarantine laws.

37: What groundbreaking feature did the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games introduce for track and field athletes?

A: Synchronized swimming

B: The Fosbury Flop high jump technique

C: Underwater diving

D: Barefoot marathon running

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The 1968 Mexico City Games introduced the Fosbury Flop high jump technique used by Dick Fosbury.

38: What led to Jesse Owens becoming a significant figure at the 1936 Berlin Olympics?

A: He won the marathon.

B: He defeated Germany’s “superior race” theory.

C: He was the first African athlete.

D: He skipped the games.

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Jesse Owens became significant at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning four gold medals, countering Nazi racial theories.

39: What new sports will be included in the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles?

A: Breaking, Flag Football, Lacrosse

B: Squash, Tug of War, Roque

C: Curry race, Ice climbing, Archery duel

D: Balloon fight, Blindfolded relay, Chess

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Breaking, Flag Football, and Lacrosse, alongside others, are new sports to be included in the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

40: How did the “Flying Finn” Paavo Nurmi make history at the 1924 Paris Olympics?

A: Winning 4 gold medals in gymnastics.

B: Winning 5 gold medals in swimming.

C: Winning 9 gold medals in athletics.

D: Winning multiple track events, including the 1500m and 5000m on the same day.

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: Paavo Nurmi won 5 gold medals in athletics in the 1924 Paris Olympics, including the 1500m and 5000m races on the same day.

41: What major adjustment was made to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

A: It was permanently canceled.

B: It was postponed to 2021.

C: It was moved to another country.

D: It was held underwater.

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

42: Which U.S. state has hosted the Summer Olympics three times, including the 2028 Games?

A: Texas

B: Florida

C: California

D: New York

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: California, via Los Angeles, will have hosted the Summer Olympics three times (1932, 1984, and 2028).

43: At which games did Fanny Blankers-Koen win four golds, becoming the “flying housewife”?

A: 1936 Berlin

B: 1948 London

C: 1964 Tokyo

D: 1984 Los Angeles

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Fanny Blankers-Koen won four gold medals in the 1948 London Olympics, earning her the nickname “Flying Housewife.”

44: Which London Olympics event in 2012 attracted a record number of ticket applications from spectators?

A: Archery

B: Men’s 100m Final

C: Equestrian show jumping

D: Rowing

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The Men’s 100m Final attracted a record number of ticket applications at the London 2012 Olympics.

45: Where were the Olympic sailing events held during the 1920 and 2008 Summer Olympics?

A: Rio de Janeiro

B: Amsterdam

C: Stockholm

D: Hong Kong

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The sailing events for 1920 occurred in Amsterdam, and for 2008, the equestrian events were held in Hong Kong.

46: How did gymnast Simone Biles make headlines during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

A: She skipped all events.

B: She won eight gold medals.

C: She withdrew for mental health reasons.

D: She lit the Olympic torch.

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Simone Biles gracefully bowed out to focus on her mental health during the 2020 Tokyo Games but later returned to claim a bronze.

47: Which sport did Dutch athlete Anton Geesink win a gold medal in Tokyo 1964, causing a major stir?

A: Archery

B: Judo

C: Weightlifting

D: Equestrian

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Dutch judoka Anton Geesink won a gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, causing a stir.

48: Which multiple-medal-winning American swimmer was awarded a new medal 36 years after throwing away his original in 1960?

A: Michael Phelps

B: Ryan Lochte

C: Matt Biondi

D: Muhammad Ali (as Cassius Clay)

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Clay, was awarded a new medal 36 years after discarding his 1960 gold medal.

49: At the 1968 Games in Mexico City, which American athlete’s technique in high jump revolutionized the sport?

A: Bob Beamon

B: Dick Fosbury

C: Arden Schmidt

D: Ron Clarke

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Dick Fosbury’s technique, known as the Fosbury Flop, revolutionized the high jump at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

50: Which event did the 1912 Stockholm Olympics feature for the first time, representing the original vision of Pierre de Coubertin?

A: Artistic gymnastics

B: Decathlon

C: Modern pentathlon

D: Heptathlon

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The decathlon was featured for the first time at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, representing the original vision of Pierre de Coubertin.

51: When and where did the term “Dream Team” first become associated with the U.S. Olympic Basketball team?

A: 1988 Seoul

B: 1996 Atlanta

C: 1992 Barcelona

D: 2000 Sydney

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The term “Dream Team” became associated with the U.S. Olympic Basketball team during the 1992 Barcelona Games.

52: Where were the 2016 Summer Olympics held?

A: Beijing

B: London

C: Rio de Janeiro

D: Los Angeles

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: The 2016 Summer Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

53: The 1952 Helsinki Olympics saw the debut of which major power’s Olympic team?

A: China

B: Soviet Union

C: India

D: Canada

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: The 1952 Helsinki Olympics saw the debut of the Soviet Union Olympic team.

54: For what reason did Emil Zátopek become legendary during the 1952 Helsinki Games?

A: Winning the marathon without prior experience.

B: Winning 100m and 200m sprints.

C: Swimming across the English Channel.

D: Breaking the pole vault record.

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Emil Zátopek won the marathon without prior experience, adding to his earlier wins in the 10,000m and 5,000m races at the 1952 Helsinki Games.

55: Which athlete at the 1960 Rome Games later became known as Muhammad Ali?

A: Wilma Rudolph

B: Cassius Clay

C: Ray Norton

D: Otis Davis

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Cassius Clay, who later became known as Muhammad Ali, made his Olympic debut at the 1960 Rome Games.

56: At which Summer Olympics did Jim Thorpe win both the decathlon and pentathlon?

A: 1912

B: 1920

C: 1932

D: 1936

Correct Answer: A

Explanation: Jim Thorpe won both the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.

57: How many nations have hosted the Summer Olympics at least twice?

A: Five

B: Nine

C: Seven

D: Three

Correct Answer: C

Explanation: Seven nations (Greece, USA, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, and Great Britain) have hosted the Summer Olympics at least twice.

58: Who was the pioneer behind the resurrection of the modern Olympic Games?

A: Juan Antonio Samaranch

B: Pierre de Coubertin

C: Thomas Bach

D: John J. McGovern

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Pierre de Coubertin was the pioneer behind the resurrection of the modern Olympic Games.

59: At which Olympic Games did the United States top the medal table 18 times?

A: 1972 Munich

B: 1984 Los Angeles

C: 1996 Atlanta

D: 2021 Tokyo

Correct Answer: D

Explanation: The United States topped the medal table for the 18th time at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

60: What historic sporting protest took place during the 1968 Mexico City Olympics?

A: Athletes performed a sit-in.

B: Black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

C: Fans threw objects onto the field.

D: Marathon runners abandoned the race.

Correct Answer: B

Explanation: Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave the Black Power salute during their 200m medal ceremony as a protest at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_Olympic_Games

https://olympics.com/en/

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