Brain Teaser – Let the games begin!

Test your knowledge of the summer Olympic games. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online.

1. The organization responsible for the Olympics is called the IOC. What do these letters stand for?

2. How often are the summer Olympic Games held: every two years, every four years, or every six years?

3. The first modern summer Olympic Games were held in 1896 – in which Greek city?

4. Which black American athlete enraged Hitler by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin?

5. At the Olympics’ opening ceremony, do the host country’s athletes come first or last in the parade?

6. At the 1972 Olympics, members of the organization Black September took nine Israeli athletes hostage. The Olympics were held in which city that year?

7. Tarzan won three Olympic gold medals in 1924 and two more in 1928. What was his real name?

8. This year’s Olympic Games will be held in the United Kingdom. Is this the first, second, or third time that they have been held here?

9. Which Jamaican athlete won the 100 metres and the 200 metres in the 2008 Olympics?

10. In 1980 and 1984, rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union resulted in each country boycotting games hosted by the other. In which cities were these Olympics held?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (


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