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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.