Olympic history is a witness to the history of the world. The ancient Olympics were held every four years between August 6 and September 19 as part of a religious festival honoring Zeus, but they were discontinued in 393 AD.
The Games were named after Olympia, a sacred site in southern ancient Greece near the western coast of the Peloponnese peninsula. Baron Pierre de Coubertin, a Frenchman, wanted to revive the ancient Olympic Games. He eventually became the modern Olympics Games’ founder. Ever since its launch, countries from all over the globe participate in the modern Olympics to showcase their athletic prowess to the world.
How many Olympic Trivias do you know? Do you know its origin? Is the Olympic Gold Medal purely made out of gold? What are the first Olympic events? Here are some of the interesting facts about Olympic events.
- The United States is the country that has the most number of Olympic medals in the history of Olympics.
- Olympic gold medals are mostly made up of silver and have six grams of gold.
- The Olympic torch relay was not part of the ancient tradition of Olympic games. It was added on during the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a propaganda for the Nazi Party.
- The colors of the Olympic rings was chosen by Baron Pierre de Coubertin because at least one of these colors would be seen in all the flags of the world.
- It was only in 1900 that the International Olympic Committee allowed female athletes to participate.
- Figure skating is one of the oldest sports in the Olympics.
- Long Jump is one of the original sports in the Olympics.
- The lighting of the Olympic torch is one of the significant parts of the opening ceremony along with the raising of the Olympic flag.
The Olympic Flame symbolizes the unbreakable connection between the ancient and modern games.
|What Winter Olympic sport features stones, sheets, pebbles, and houses?||▶ Curling|
|How much money is a US Olympic gold medalist awarded?||▶ $25,000|
|What city hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics?||▶ London, England|
|What international event for athletes with disabilities is held in the same years and cities as the Olympic Games?||▶ The Paralympic Games|
|In Olympic archery, what is the standard distance of the target from the archer?||▶ 70 Meters|
|What US city was the first to host the Olympic Games?||▶ St. Louis, Missouri in 1904.|
|Which Olympic sport was featured in the movie “Cool Runnings”?||▶ Bobsled|
|In what country were the Winter Olympics first held?||▶ France (1924)|
|How many Olympic Games have been hosted in Africa?||▶ Zero|
|Who is the youngest Olympian?||▶ Dimitrios Loundras|
|Who is the only Olympic Athlete to win a gold medal at both the Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games in different games?||▶ Eddie Eegan|
|Where was the 2022 Winter Olympics held?||▶ Beijing, China|
|Which country won the 2012 London Olympics?||▶ United States|
|How many original Olympics events were there in ancient Greek olympics?||▶ 18 events|
|What do you call the place where Olympians stay during the competitions?||▶ Olympic Village|
|How long is the Olympic Marathon?||▶ 26.2 Miles|
About the Author
Tim majored in Humanities with a bachelor in English and Theatre at New York State University. He lectured on entertainment business studies for three years at Plymouth College.
Tim has been a trivia host in his current hometown of Pittsburgh for the past two years. He enjoys hanging out with people who love trivia just as much as he does.
His friends call him the Question Master.