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.
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