40 Olympics Trivia Questions (And Answers) Fit For A Champion

Akinwalere Olaleye
Dec 12, 2023 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Jan 19, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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Are you ready to test your Olympics knowledge and become a trivia champion? Here's just the thing for you. Dive into this collection of awesome Olympics trivia questions and their exciting answers. From historic moments to record-breaking feats, these questions will put your Olympic expertise to the test.

The Olympics are a monumental international event that garners the attention of the entire globe. Held every four years (with a gap of two years between the Summer and Winter Games), this spectacular event has a rich history, and is full of extraordinary stories, fascinating facts, and record-breaking performances.

Whether you're a sports fanatic, a history buff, or just a curious mind, we've compiled an exciting list of trivia questions about the Olympics that will challenge your knowledge!

Olympic Games History Trivia

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This globally revered event, steeped in tradition and history, not only brings nations together but also puts on a grand show that delights and inspires us all. We've rounded up some insightful questions and their jaw-dropping answers to put your knowledge to the ultimate test. Let's see how much you know about the Olympics.

1. Question: The first modern Olympic Games was held in which year?

Answer: 1896.

2. Question: What do the rings on the Olympic flag represent?

Answer: Union of five continents.

3. Question: Who is the oldest person to have competed in the 1920 Olympic Games?

Answer: Oscar Swahn.

4. Question: Who receives the silver medals at the Olympic Games?

Answer: Runner-ups of every event.

5. Question: In which year was the first Winter Olympics held?

Answer: 1924.

6. Question: Which country topped the medal table at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing?

Answer: China.

7. Question: The Olympic motto "Citius, Altius, Fortius" translates to what in English?

Answer: Faster, Higher, Stronger.

8. Question: Which country has won the most total medals in the Summer Olympics as of 2022?

Answer: The United States.

9. Question: Where was the first modern Olympics held?

Answer: Athens.

10. Question: Tokyo was supposed to host the Summer Olympics in 2020, but it was postponed. Why was it postponed?

Answer: COVID-19.

11. Question: Who has won the most Olympic medals ever as of 2022?

Answer: Michael Phelps.

12. Question: As of 2022, who is the youngest woman to win a gold medal in the Olympics?

Answer: Marjorie Gestring.

13. Question: Who was the flag bearer for the Refugee Olympic Team at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro?

Answer: Rose Nathike Lokonyen.

14. Question: How many classes does the Olympic medal have?

Answer: Three (Gold, silver, and bronze).

15. Question: Which athlete has won the most gold medals in a single Olympic Games?

Answer: Michael Phelps.

Olympics Athletes Trivia

For the next quiz, we are diving into the world of extraordinary athletes and their jaw-dropping achievements at the Olympics. From sprinters who could outrun the best to gymnasts defying gravity, these questions cover facts about Olympians since the beginning of the event.

Get ready to discover some fascinating facts about your favorite Olympics superstars and their incredible journeys to greatness.

16. Question: Who is the youngest ever Olympian as of 2022?

Answer: Dimitrios Loundras.

17. Question: Who was the first athlete to run the 100 m race in less than 10 seconds at the Olympics?

Answer: Jim Hines.

18. Question: Who was the first Olympic athlete to fail a drug test?

Answer: Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall (1968).

19. Question: Which athlete took part in the 1904 Summer Olympics with a prosthetic leg and won a gold medal in gymnastics?

Answer: George Eyser.

20. Question: Who is the famous actor and athlete who has won five gold medals in swimming?

Answer: Johnny Weissmuller.

21. Question: As of 2022, which athlete is the only Olympian to have won a gold medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympics?

Answer: Eddie Eagan.

22. Question: Who was the first female gymnast to score a perfect 10 at the Olympics?

Answer: Nadia Comaneci.

23. Question: Which American sprinter and three-time Olympic gold medalist is considered to be the fastest woman in history as of 2022?

Answer: Florence Griffith Joyner.

24. Question: Who was the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal?

Answer: Charlotte Cooper.

25. Question: In the 1992 Olympics, which United States gymnast became a gold medalist in horizontal bar gymnastics?

Answer: Trent Dimas.

26. Question: Who is famous for being the first woman to win six gold medals at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games?

Answer: Kristin Otto.

27. Question: Which athlete bought a parachute to wear on the plane while flying to the 1960 Olympic Games hosted in Rome?

Answer: Muhammad Ali.

28. Question: Which country's athletes took the first position during the Parade of Nations at the opening ceremony of the first modern Olympic Games?

Answer: Greece.

29. Question: Which athlete lit the flame of the Olympic cauldron in the 1964 games?

Answer: Yoshinori Sakai.

30. Question: Who is the first female athlete to win medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games?

Answer: Christa Luding-Rothenburger.

Special Olympics World Games Trivia

The Special Olympics World Games is a wonderful celebration of courage, perseverance, and the power of sports to change lives. This global event gives athletes with intellectual disabilities a platform to showcase their talents and compete at an international level.

This final quiz is sure to warm your heart as you tackle some questions about the beginnings and development of the Special Olympics World Games.

31. Question: When was the first Special Olympics World Games held?

Answer: 1968.

32. Question: Who founded the Special Olympics World Games?

Answer: Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

33. Question: How many athletes participated in the first Special Olympics World Games?

Answer: 1000.

34. Question: What is the athlete's oath in the Special Olympics World Games?

Answer: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

35. Question: In which country did the first Special Olympics World Games take place?

Answer: The United States.

36. Question: Which events were included in the first Special Olympics World Games?

Answer: Floor hockey, figure skating, and downhill skiing.

37. Question: How often are the Special Olympics World Games held?

Answer: Every two years.

38. Question: In what year did the Special Olympics World Games get recognized by the International Olympic Committee?

Answer: 1988.

39. Question: Where was the first Special Olympics World Winter Games held?

Answer: Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

40. Question: Which country hosted the first Special Olympics World Games held outside the United States?

Answer: Austria.

Congratulations, trivia champs! You have reached the end of this trivia challenge.

You successfully tackled the quizzes about the world of the Olympics and tested your knowledge like true champions. We hope that this challenge was as much fun as it was educational, helping you to revise what you know about the Olympics while also introducing you to some new facts.

The Olympics are more than just a sporting event; they're a celebration of human achievement, determination, and unity.

As you continue to explore the rich history and inspiring stories of the Olympics, keep sharing your newfound knowledge with others. Organize your trivia games, challenge your friends and family, and spread the Olympic spirit far and wide.

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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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