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2016 Summer Olympics Quiz Bowl Challenge


1. Which country is hosting the 2016 Summer Olympic Games?
a. France
b. Chile
c. Brazil
d. Nicaragua

2. For the last 150 years, Brazil has been the largest exporter of ___________.
a. Rice
b. Coffee
c. Corn
d. Fabric

3. How many South American countries have hosted the Olympic Games before this year?
a. 25
b. 0
c. 15
d. 5

4. __________ is exclusively a Paralympic event.
a. Track and Field
b. Swimming
c. Rowing
d. Boccia (Hint: game of strategy and accuracy played indoors on a flat surface using two leather balls.)

5. Which Greek Goddess of Victory is featured on the Olympic bronze, silver, and gold medals? (Hint: it is a major sporting brand)
a. Persephone
b. Lyssa
c. Dione
d. Nike

6. Which of the following is NOT one of the events in the modern pentathlon?
a. Swimming
b. Horse riding
c. Cross country skiing
d. Fencing

7. The Rio Olympics is predicted to be the most-watched television event in U.S. history, surpassing the London 2012 Olympics. How many people viewed the London 2012 Olympics?
a. Less than 50,000
b. Between 50,000-70,000
c. Between 100,000-500,000
d. More than 200 million

8. Which two sports are returning to the Olympics this summer after nearly a century hiatus?
a. Golf and rugby
b. Gymnastics and arena football
c. Lacrosse and boxing
d. Long jump and equestrian

9. How many sports will be featured in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio?
a. Less than 10
b. About 20
c. About 30
d. More than 40

10. Which women’s soccer team won the World Cup in 2015 and is predicted to win the gold medal in the Rio Olympics?
a. Mexico
b. Great Britain
c. Germany
d. United States

11. The official language of Brazil is ____________.
a. Portuguese
b. French
c. Dutch
d. Spanish

12. Which river, known as the second longest river in the world, flows through Brazil?
a. Amazon River
b. Nile River
c. Yangtze River
d. Danube River

13. What Olympic symbol represents peace, unity and friendship?
a. Rings
b. Medal
c. Torch
d. Flame

14. What do the five rings on the Olympic Games flag represent?
a. Primary colors
b. Sports
c. Inhabited Continents
d. Athletes

15. Prior to the 1960 Rome Olympics, what is NOT one of the ways that winners were recognized?
a. Received a crown of laurel leaves
b. Received a silver medal and diploma in addition to the crown
c. Received a medal and ribbon pinned to the athletes' chests
d. Received a medal hung around the winners' neck

16. Which USA swimmer set the record for most gold medals earned at a single Olympics?
a. Abebe Bikila
b. James Connelly
c. Michael Phelps
d. Mark Spitz

17. ________, known as the fastest sprinter in the world, is planning to make his last appearance at the upcoming Summer Olympic Games..
a. Usain Bolt, Jamaica
b. Justin Gatlin, United States
c. Tyson Gay, United States
d. Asafa Powell, Jamaica

18. After winning all-around gold in the London 2012 Olympics, this gymnast has the chance to be the first all-around champion to compete at back-to-back Olympics.
a. Jordyn Wieber, United States
b. Gabrielle "Gabby" Douglas, United States
c. Yang Yillin, China
d. McKayla Maroney, United States

19. Which women’s basketball team will enter the Rio Games with seven gold medals and a winning streak of 41 games at the Olympics?
a. Australia
b. Yugoslavia
c. United States
d. Switzerland

20. Which of the following competitions do not require a ticket to attend?
a. Golf
b. Basketball
c. Sailing
d. Tennis


1.    (c) Brazil – The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are hosted by Brazil, and will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2.    (b) Coffee – Brazil has been the highest global producer of coffee beans for over 150 years.

3.    (b) 0 – This will be first Olympic Games held in South America.

4.    (d) Boccia – Boccia is a Paralympic event played by men and women with motor skill impairments.

5.    (d) Nike – The Goddess of Victory, Nike, is pictured on one side of the medal, while an Olympic stadium is pictured on the other side.

6.    (c) Cross Country Skiing – The five events in the modern pentathlon are: fencing, swimming, horse riding, shooting, and running.

7.    (d) More than 200 million – More than 219 million people viewed the London 2012 Olympics, which is the current viewing record for a single event.

8.    (a) Golf and rugby – Golf (returning after 112 years) and rugby (returning after 92 years) will be considered new sports of the Olympic Games in Rio.

9.    (d) More than 40 – Athletes will compete in 42 different sports over 17 days in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

10.    (d) United States – The U.S. women’s soccer team has a good chance to become the first team to win the World Cup and the Olympic gold medal back-to-back.

11.     (a) Portuguese – The official language of Brazil is Portuguese.

12.    (a) Amazon River – The Amazon River is the world’s second longest river, only slightly shorter than the Nile River.

13.    (d) Flame – The Olympic flame is lit between 90 and 100 days before each Olympics, and is carried in a relay to reach the opening ceremony.

14.    (c) Inhabited continents – The five rings on the Olympic flag represent the five inhabited continents of the world: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia.

15.    (d) Received a medal hung around the winners' neck – Winners began to be recognized with a medal being hung around their necks during the Rome 1960 Olympic games.

16.    (c) Michael Phelps – Michael Phelps earned eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He surpassed Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

17.    (a) Usain Bolt, Jamaica – The Rio Olympics will be Bolt’s last Olympic games; he will be running in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4X100 meter relay.

18.    (b) Gabrielle Douglas, United States – Another win at this summer’s Olympic Games would make Gabrielle Douglas the first-all around champion to compete at back-to-back Olympics since Nadia Comaneci in 1980.

19.    (c) United States – The 2016 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team has an Olympic competition record of 58-3, and a 41 game winning streak since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

20.    (c) Sailing – Sailing is one out of nine sports that a person without a ticket can attend in the Olympics.