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Can You Earn a Gold Medal On This Olympics Quiz

Olympics test the physical prowess of athletes from around the world, but how much do you know about the Olympics? Test your mental prowess by taking this quiz.

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When his opponent — and hometown hero — was awarded the decision at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, whose American boxer was the victim of “The Biggest Fix in Olympic History,” according to “The Daily Beast”?

Mike Tyson

Roy Jones, Jr.

Joe Louis

Manny Pacquiao

Roy Jones, Jr.
Jones was the overwhelming favorite going into the fight. Jones lost by decision despite hitting nearly 50 more punches than his South Korean opponent, Park Si-hun. Many sports enthusiasts consider this to be the most egregious case of match-fixing ever witnessed in an Olympic event.

In which year did Mike Eruzione play for the United States Olympic men’s hockey team that won gold at the Winter Olympics?

1980

1976

1984

1988

1980
In “The Miracle on Ice,” Eruzione scored the game-winning goal as the United States defeated the Soviet Union 4-3 to win the men’s ice hockey gold medal in 1980.

A Georgian athlete, Nodar Kumaritashvili, died in an accident at the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics. What is his sport?

Speed skating

Luge

Bobsled

Curling

Luge
Nodar Kumaritashvili, a Georgian luger, died before the 2010 Vancouver Olympics’ Opening Ceremony after losing control of his sled during a training run and colliding with an unpadded steel pole.

The 1972 Winter Olympics were the first to be held outside of Europe or North America, and they were hosted at this city.

Manila

Oslo

Sapporo

Beijing

Sapporo
The Winter Olympics have been held in two Japanese cities: Sapporo and Nagano.

After testing positive with darbepoetin alfa, Olga Danilova, Johann Mhlegg, and Larisa Lazutina all forfeited medals in this event at the 2002 Winter Olympics. What sport were they in?

Cross-country skiing

Bobsleigh

Ice hockey

Figure skating

Cross-country skiing
The International Olympic Committee stripped a total of eight medals from the three athletes at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

After the 1980 Winter Olympics, the athlete lodging at this location was converted into a state jail.

Innsbruck

Nagano

Lake Placid

Squaw Valley

Lake Placid
The Athletes’ Village from the 1980 Winter Olympics is now Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Ray Brook.

Bribery charges have been filed against two officials who lobbied for this city to host the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Salt Lake City

Nagano

Lake Placid

Lillehammer

Salt Lake City
Thomas K. Welch and David R. Johnson were cleared of accusations that they improperly influenced International Olympic Committee voting to grant Salt Lake City the 2002 Winter Olympics by a federal judge in 2003.

This 2006 Winter Olympian from the United States was the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal at the Winter Games.

Joey Cheek

Richard Donovan

Ray Blum

Shani Davis

Shani Davis
At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Davis won gold in the men’s 1,000 meters.

What is the most recent American site to host the Winter Olympics?

Salt Lake City

Lake Placid

Los Angeles

Boston

Salt Lake City
The 2002 Winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake City.

Why was slalom skier and potential gold medallist Karl Schranz disqualified from the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France?

He missed two gates.

He claimed Jean-Claude Killy ran out in front of him.

He hit Jean-Claude Killy with his ski pole.

He claimed a course patrolman ran out in front of him.

He missed two gates.
The slalom course was cloudy that day. Schranz claimed a course patrolman ran out in front of him, which was supported by others, and he was given a do-over. He beat superstar Killy on his second run, only to have his gold-medal-winning time nullified because he missed the first two gates on his first run, BEFORE the patrolman reportedly rushed out in front of him.

What is the name of the 1988 Summer Olympics gold medallist in the men’s 100-meter dash who was notably deprived of his medal after testing positive for prohibited drugs?

Ben Johnson

Linford Christie

Tyson Gay

Carl Lewis

Ben Johnson
At the Seoul Olympics, the men’s 100-meter final was a hotly anticipated event. It was an epic confrontation between Johnson and Lewis. Johnson not only defeated Lewis, but he also set a new world record…until he tested positive for drugs days later. Johnson was compelled to surrender his gold medal, which was quickly given to Lewis, who finished second.

In 2013, a South African sprinter known as “Blade Runner” was convicted of killing his girlfriend.

Yohan Blake

Carl Lewis

Oscar Pistorius

Eric Liddell

Oscar Pistorius
Pistorius, who is a double-leg amputee, is one of just a few athletes to have competed in both the Paralympics and the Olympics. Unfortunately, he’s one of an even smaller group of sportsmen who have been convicted of murder.

At the 1988 Winter Olympics, who is the legendary figure skater won gold in men’s singles?

Evan Lysacek

Dick Button

Hayes Alan Jenkins

Brian Boitano

Brian Boitano
Boitano became the fifth American to win an Olympic gold medal in men’s solo figure skating.

At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, what illegal maneuver did figure skater Surya Bonaly memorably pull off – and get fined for?

She did a 360 spin.

She played air guitar.

She did a backflip.

She sang a song.

She did a backflip.
Backflips are permitted in ice performances and demonstrations, but they were banned by the Olympics in 1976. Bonaly pulled executed the flip in Nagano, despite the fact that she was out of medal contention, knowing she’d be penalized heavily.

After it was proven that she was doping, which track star was compelled to surrender her gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics?

Nanceen Perry

Torri Edwards

Marion Jones

Chryste Gaines

Marion Jones
Jones was one of many high-profile sportsmen that received steroids from BALCO, the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative. Jones served a brief jail sentence for lying to federal investigators and check fraud after admitting to doping, and then attempted to play professional basketball. After 15 games with the Tulsa Shock in 2011, she was released.

The Olympics were held in this state capital in 1996, and it has the largest metro population of any US state capital.

Atlanta, GA

New York City, NY

Phoenix, AZ

Boston, MA

Atlanta, GA
Atlanta has a population of over 5 million people.

Ryan Lochte, an American swimmer, and three other competitors fraudulently claimed they were robbed at gunpoint during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. What did actually happen?

They vandalized a gas station bathroom and were caught by security.

They tried to dine and dash at a five star restaurant

Lochte caught peeing in the swimming pool.

They really robbed a random citizen at gunpoint.

They vandalized a gas station bathroom and were caught by security.
As a result of his wild and chaotic night out, Lochte earned a 10-month ban, 20 hours of community service, and lost many sponsorship opportunities.

Which United States team did Tim Burke represent at the 2018 Winter Olympics?

Ice hockey

Luge

Biathlon

Curling

Biathlon
Burke competed in the Winter Olympics for the fourth time in 2018.

Lindsey Vonn, a two-time Winter Olympic medalist, had previously been involved with which of these athletes?

Larry Bird

Tom Watson

Shaquille O’neal

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods
Vonn and Woods were together from 2013 until 2015.

Following their elimination from the 1998 Winter Olympics, American men’s hockey players vandalized the Athletes’ Village, causing damage to chairs, fire extinguishers, walls, and flooring.

Nastia Liukin

Mary Lou Retton

Carly Patterson

Gabby Douglas

Mary Lou Retton
Mary Lou Retton won gold in the individual all-around competition in 1984, as well as two silver and two bronze medals. In 2004, Carly Patterson became the next American woman to accomplish so.

The Winter Olympics have been held in both Calgary and this city in Canada.

Toronto

Edmonton

Montreal

Vancouver

Vancouver
The 1988 Winter Olympics were held in Calgary. The 2010 Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver.

This American city was chosen to host the 1976 Winter Olympics.

Chicago

Denver

Washington

Los Angeles

Denver
Due to a lack of financing, the Denver Olympic Organizing Committee informed the International Olympic Committee in 1972 that the city would not be able to host the 1976 Winter Olympics.

At the Olympics, this country has seven of the top ten fastest marathon times ever recorded, including the 2016 Rio Games gold medalist Eliud.

Central African Republic

Kenya

Uganda

Ethiopia

Kenya
Over the previous ten years, Kenya has dominated the Olympic marathon race.

Why was the Puerto Rican track team’s head coach compelled to withdraw his women’s 4 x 400 relay squad from the 1984 Summer Olympics?

They got food poisoning at the Olympic Village.

One of his runners had her twin sister run the qualifying heat for her.

His runners’ shoes were modified to hide syringes.

Three of his four runners showed up drunk for the final.

One of his runners had her twin sister run the qualifying heat for her.
Madeline de Jess let her twin sister Margaret race the 4 x 400 qualifying heat in her place when she hurt herself in the long jump. When the coach learned about it, he had no choice but to remove the team from the competition.

Why was Boris Onishchenko of the Soviet Union disqualified from the 1976 Montreal Olympics?

He poked an official in the back with his weapon.

He rigged his weapon so it would register touches without him actually making contact.

He used cocaine to outpace his opponents.

He poked another fencer in the eye.

He rigged his weapon so it would register touches without him actually making contact.
When a fencer’s épée makes contact with his opponent with a force of 750 grams or more, an electric sensor is activated, and the fencer receives a point for the touch. Onishchenko had his weapon wired so that he could detect touches whenever he wanted. The Soviet squad was embarrassed by his shadiness and subsequent DQ, and the volleyball team supposedly tried to hurl him out the window back at the Olympic Village.

What team did Russian athletes who had not used performance-enhancing drugs compete for after Russia was banned from the 2016 and 2018 Olympics due to state-sponsored doping?

Independent Olympic Athletes

Italy

They competed for the respective host cities

United States

Independent Olympic Athletes
Since 1992, the Independent Olympic Athletes squad has competed in a half-dozen Olympic games and is made up of athletes who do not have access to a national team for a number of reasons, including political ones. The Olympic rings are shown on a white backdrop on the team flag.

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, why was the women’s gymnastics vault event redone?

All the participants were doping.

The vault was set at an incorrect height.

The vault had been greased as a prank.

The scoreboard malfunctioned

The vault was set at an incorrect height.
After numerous gymnasts struggled with their routines, many landing on their backsides, it was revealed that the vault was set two inches too low. Gymnasts who had previously performed were offered the opportunity to attempt again when the vault had been repaired.

Scott Hamilton became which number American to win the gold medal in men’s singles figure skating at the 1984 Winter Olympics?

Sixth

Fourth

Fifth

Ninth

Fourth
Dick Button, Hayes Alan Jenkins, David Jenkins, Brian Boitano, and Evan Lysacek are among the other American men’s singles gold medalists.

One of the most memorable pictures of the twentieth century was John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s black power salute from the medals podium at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Where were these Olympics held?

Los Angeles

Mexico City

Georgia

Oklahoma

Mexico City
Smith and Carlos slowly lifted their gloved hands and bent their heads as the National Anthem played after winning their medals for the 200-meter final. They also wore scarves and beads to condemn lynchings and removed their shoes to highlight black poverty. For their nonviolent protest, the guys were booed, barred from the Olympics, and dismissed from their jobs at home. For standing in solidarity with the Americans, Australian Peter Norman was barred from the Olympics for two years and embarrassed at home; Smith and Carlos were both pallbearers at Norman’s 2006 burial.

At the 1988 Winter Olympics, what Canadian city Brian Boitano won gold in men’s singles figure skating?

Calgary

Victoria

Quebec

Winnipeg

Calgary
The Winter Olympics were first held in Canada in Calgary.

Sarajevo was a part of which country when it hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics?

Czechoslovakia

Yugoslavia

Ukraine

Russia

Yugoslavia
From 1918 to 1992, Yugoslavia was a European nation.

At the 1998 Winter Olympics, Chris Chelios, the captain of the US men’s team in this sport, compensated for the damages his colleagues made in the Athletes’ Village. What sport was Chris Cheilos the captain of?

Cross-country skiing

Speed skating

Ice hockey

Curling

Ice hockey
Following their elimination from the 1998 Winter Olympics, American men’s hockey players wrecked the Athletes’ Village, destroying chairs, fire extinguishers, walls, and flooring.

After being beaten in the knee by a hitman hired by rival skater Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, how did figure skater Nancy Kerrigan do in the 1994 Olympics?

She won the bronze medal.

She won the gold medal.

She won the silver medal.

She didn’t compete.

She won the silver medal.
Kerrigan finished second behind Ukrainian skater Oksana Baiul at the Lillehammer games after a full recovery. Harding placed eighth.

The disqualification of Kim Dong-Sung in the men’s 1500 meter short-track speed skating final enabled this American to win gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

John Coyle

Apolo Anton Ohno

Rusty Smith

Charles Leveille

Apolo Anton Ohno
In his Olympic career, Ohno earned two gold medals.

In which Winter Olympics did figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi win the gold medal in ladies’ singles?

2008

1984

1992

2006

1992
Yamaguchi became the fifth American woman to win a gold medal in the ladies’ singles event at the Winter Olympics.

At the 1972 Munich Olympics, whose country’s delegation was the target of a terrorist assault that killed 11 athletes?

Iran

United States

Israel

Nicaragua

Israel
With the cooperation of West German Neo-Nazis, the Palestinian terrorist organization Black September kidnapped 11 members of the Israeli squad during the Olympics’ darkest hour. They sought the release of 234 Palestinians detained in Israeli prisons. All 11 hostages, as well as a West German police officer, were slain in the end, while five terrorists were killed in a failed hostage rescue effort.

Kazimierz Kay-Skrzypecki died while training for the 1964 Winter Olympics. What is the sport?

Speed skating

Luge

Alpine skiing

Ice hockey

Luge
On January 23, 1964, Kay-Skrzypecki died during a luge training session. The accident left him with a cracked skull, a damaged pelvis, and other injuries. His heart stopped during an emergency procedure the next day, and he died the next day.

“The Flying Tomato” is the nickname for this Winter Olympic gold champion. What is the name of this athlete?

J.P. Walker

Paul Walker

Tom Sims

Shaun White

Shaun White
White has won the men’s halfpipe gold medal twice at the Winter Olympics.

Which country has hosted the Winter Olympics in the past in which Oslo and Lilliehammer are some of its Olympic sites?

United States

Norway

France

Germany

Norway
The 1952 Winter Olympics were held in Oslo. The 1994 Winter Olympics were held in Lillehammer.

In which year did Adolf Hitler launch the Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany?

1925

1936

1955

1930

1936
Only Garmisch-Partenkirchen has hosted the Winter Olympics in Germany.

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