The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are in full swing! Last week you had the chance to test out your Olympic Games trivia knowledge. Here are the answers:
- At the 1900 Olympics in France, winners didn’t receive gold, silver, or bronze medals. Instead, they received:
c) paintings. In 1900, the Olympic Committee thought paintings were of more value than medals. And from 1912 to 1952, art competitions (with categories in architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture) were actually a part of the Olympic Games!
- The Olympics were held in London in 1908, too. But instead of lasting 17 days, they lasted:
d) 187 days. No wonder the committee waited 4 years to hold the next Olympic Games. The athletes must have needed as much recovery time as they could get!
- The oldest and youngest Olympians to ever compete were, respectively:
c) 72 years old and 10 years old. At only 10 years old, Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras was the youngest Olympian to ever compete at the 1896 Athens Olympic Games. The oldest, Oscar Swahn, won a silver medal in shooting at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp when he was 72 years and 10 months old. Wowzers!
- At the 2008 Olympic Games, China won 100 medals (including 51 gold). But did you know that for the longest time, China was medal-less? In what year did China win its first Olympic medal?
b) 1984. Since 1984, China has won 385 medals in total at the Summer Olympic Games. Talk about making up for lost time!
- Which of the following playground activities was actually once an Olympic sport?
b) Tug-of-war. Guess too many rope burns caused the committee to call it quits.
- Which pooch-related activity enjoyed 1 brief year as an Olympic event?
b) Poodle clipping. How that tests athletic ability, I will never know.
- The very first recorded Olympic Games took place in 776 BC and consisted of only 1 event (unlike this year’s 26)! And the winner was:
c) a baker. Things were definitely pretty different back then. Not only were the competitors not trained, competitive athletes, but they raced each other in the nude! Don’t think they’d allow that on television nowadays.
- The 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia were the first to be boycotted. But that’s not the only interesting fact about those Games that never happened. Because they were to take place in the Southern Hemisphere, they were scheduled to begin in this month:
d) December. In the Southern Hemisphere, seasons are reversed. However, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which are to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will begin August 5th. Not to worry, though; average temperatures are still going to be in the mid-to-high 70s! It’s safe to say you can leave your winter coat at home.
- Approximately how much dirty laundry will athletes produce during this Olympic Games?
d) 2 million pounds. That’s right, 2 million pounds of laundry. That’s about 264 years’ worth of laundry for a family of four!
Alright, looks like we’ve covered all the questions. Did any of the answers surprise you? Share your thoughts in the Comments!
Image courtesy London 2012