Olympics Trivia: Test Your Knowledge!

The Summer Olympics begin on July 27, but how well do you know the Games? All this week, Patch will post trivia questions to test your knowledge.

From Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Nadia Comăneci receiving the first perfect 10 in 1976, there have been several unforgettable moments in Olympic history.

As hundreds of world-class athletes prepare to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games beginning July 27, Patch is celebrating the start of the games by posting Olympic trivia questions all this week.

Post your answers in the comments below. We'll post the correct answers in the comments by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.

  1. Which author of the seminal book on baby and child care was also a gold medalist? 
  • Dr. Benjamin Spock
  • Dr. Michael Cohen
  • C. R. Partridge
  • Jane Mattes

   2. How long is the route for the marathon event in the 2012 Olympics?

  • 8 miles
  • 11.2 miles
  • 26.3 miles
  • 40.6 miles

  3. Who lit the torch to start the Games in Atlanta?

  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Cathy Freeman
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Ken Henry

  4. What is the name of the mascot of the 2012 Games?

  • Misha
  • Sam
  • Izzy
  • Wenlock



1. Four Olympians have played Tarzan.

  • Johnny Weismuller, who won two swimming gold medals, in 1924 and in 1928.
  • Buster Crabbe, who won a swimming bronze in 1928.
  • Hermann Brix, who won silver in the shot put in 1928.
  • Glen Morris, who took gold in the decathlon in 1936.

2. Golf is no longer an Olympic sport. It was an Olympic event in 1900 and 1904.

3. In 1904, American George Eyserwon three gold medals even though he had a wooden leg.

4.  Nadia Comaneci awarded seven perfect 10s with in the 1976 Olympics.


Looking for a way to celebrate the Olympics locally? You can find local events for Olympic Fun Day on July 28 on the Let’s Move website, which has a page about how to set up your own local Olympics

Also check out our Directory and Events Calendar for listings of places where you can learn and participate in Olympic sports ranging from basketball to karate, gymnastics, swimming and more.

Sonia Dasgupta July 25, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Did we really stump you guys? Or are you not amped for the Olympics? Come on -- I'll post the answers later today --
Sonia Dasgupta July 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM
1. Dr. Benjamin Spock. He won the gold for rowing in 1924. 2. 26.3 miles 3. Muhammad Ali 4. Wenlock
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