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  1. The Olympic Games were first staged in honour/honor of: Plato; Zeus; Alexander the Great; or Jesus? Zeus
  2. Which Greek Goddess (of victory) has traditionally appeared on Olympic medals in the modern age: Adidas; Nike; Gola; or Puma? Nike
  3. Spell the 2016 Olympic Games host city Rio de: Janero; Janiero; Janeiro; or Janerio? Janeiro
  4. The Olympic Games are generally considered to have begun in what century: 8th BC; 2nd BC; 1st AD; or 3rd AD? 8th BC (probably mid-late 700s BC - about 2700 years ago - bear in mind that early 700s BC are 780, 790, etc, and late 700s BC are 720, 710, etc)
  5. As at Rio 2016, the longest-standing Olympic record, set in Mexico 1968, is for the Men's: Long jump; High jump; Javelin; or Decathlon? Long jump (by Bob Beamon)
  6. Which corporation is official timekeeper for the 2016 Olympic Games (and all Olympics since 1932): Rolex; Seiko; Omega; or TAG Heuer? Omega
  7. The Summer Olympic Games of 1916, 1940 and 1944 were all: Hosted by USA; Rain-extended; Boycotted by Russia; or Cancelled? Cancelled (due to world wars)
  8. Which of these are the two new Olympic events in Rio 2016: Chess; Golf; Darts; Poker; or Rugby Sevens? Golf and Rugby Sevens
  9. Which of these is not one of the five Olympic rings: Blue; Green, Red, Yellow, Purple, Black? Purple
  10. Modern Olympic 'gold' medals are predominantly: Gold; Silver; Bronze; or Brass? Silver (the rules say at least 92.5% silver, and 6gms of gold)
  11. Prior to Brazil (Rio 2016), how many southern hemisphere nations have hosted the Summer Olympics: One; Two; Three or Four? One (Australia - Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000)
  12. The two official languages of the IOC for Olympic communications/announcements are English and: Spanish; French; German; or Greek? French
  13. The first Olympic Games to sell 100% of tickets was: Sydney 2000; Athens 2004; Beijing 2008; or London 2012? London 2012
  14. The IOC stipulates, due to "...the unfortunate demise of several (What?) sitting on the edge of the Olympic cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the (1988) Games in Seoul..." that these creatures are used only symbolically in opening ceremonies: Butterflies; Fireflies; Pigeons; or Eagles? Pigeons (also referred to as doves)
  15. The word gymnasium derives from Ancient Greek 'gymnos' referring to what condition of competitors/students: Strong; Beautiful; Fast; or Naked? Naked (the early Olympic games soon adopted a nude policy for all competitors, because the ethos respected the human body)
  16. The Latin Olympic motto 'Citius, Altius, Fortius' means: which three of these: Bigger; Swifter; Louder; Higher; Happier; Stronger? Swifter, Higher, Stronger
  17. The only nation to win at least one gold medal at every Summer Olympic Games in the modern era (since 1896) is: Britain; USA; Russia; or Australia? Britain
  18. The Olympic Games symbol commemorates the theft of (What?) by Prometheus from Zeus: A flag; Rings; Fire; or Olives? Fire (the symbol is the Olympic flame)
  19. Originally the Olympic Games were held every four years because of (What?) in the other three years: Superstition; Wars; Pilgrimages; or Other games? Other games (the Olympics were originally part of the Panhellenic Games, at four different venues, basically in a four-year cycle)
  20. The winner's award at the early Olympic Games (and repeated specially at the Athens 2004 Games) was a 'kotinos', being a: Wooden medal; Chariot; Olive wreath; or Small island? Olive wreath (originally a twined branch cut from a sacred olive tree at Olympia)
  21. The 1980 Olympics gold and silver medalists in the Coxless Pairs Rowing were all: Deaf; Under-16; Disqualified; or Identical twins? Identical twins
  22. Which one of these is not among the four cities to have bid to host both Summer and Winter Olympic Games: Montreal, Helsinki, Munich, Madrid, Minneapolis? Madrid
  23. The five rings of the Olympic Games emblem (devised 1912 by the games' French re-introducer Baron de Coubertin) originally represented the games' early constituent: National flag colours; Sports events; Days' duration; or Member states? National flag colours (including the white background of the rings - in later years the IOC to varying degrees suggested the rings represent the five 'traditional' continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania and The Americas, and then later still withdrawing the specific allocation of a colour/color per continent - so in fact the rings remain vaguegly symbolic of geo/continental diversity)
  24. The host cities of the Summer Olympic Games 1968 to 1980 all begin with: S; M; L; or T? M (Mexico City, Munich, Montreal, Moscow)
  25. Women were prevented from participating in the earliest Olympic games other than: Wrestling; Swimming; Gymnastics; or Owning horses? Owning horses
  26. Sailing (49er class) and Equestrian are the only two Olympic events (as at 2016) in which men and women can: Compete against each other; Wear watches; Listen to iPods/personal stereos; or Take banned drugs (to counter motion sickness)? Compete against each other
  27. Name the only city to have hosted the modern era Olympic Games three times (at 2016): London; Athens; Berlin; or Los Angeles? London
  28. Who famously opened the Olympic Games of Berlin 1936? Adolf Hitler
  29. The Olympic Games were named after Olympia, a (What?) in Ancient Greece: Sanctuary; Mountain; Goddess; or Exhibition centre? Sanctuary
  30. In the early Olympics, a boxer who did (What?) automatically (but not essentially) became winner: Cried; Bled; Fainted; or Died? Died
  31. In modern Olympic Games which athletes commonly do not take part in the opening parade due to competition early the next day: Triathlon; Wrestlers; Swimmers; Marathon runners? Swimmers
  32. The first venue for the 'modern' Olympic games revived in 1896 by French educator Baron de Coubertin (Pierre de Fredi), after being banned by the Romans in c.AD395, was: Paris; Athens; London; or Rome? Athens
  33. The Winter Olympics, held the same years as Summer Olympic Games since 1924, were moved to be midway between Summer Games after: 1944; 1964; 1992; or 2008? 1992
  34. The marathon's odd distance was established in the 1908 Olympics by the measurement from (Where?) to the finish line so that the Ruler's children could witness the start: Eiffel Tower; Brandenburg Gate; Windsor Castle; or The Colosseum? Windsor Castle
  35. Ethiopian Abebe Bikila won the marathon gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics: For Iceland; Blindfolded; Smoking a pipe; or Barefoot? Barefoot (he won gold again, in shoes, in 1964, and was a likely winner again in 1968 except for sustaining a broken foot a few days before the race which caused him to drop out after 17km)
  36. The 2016 Rio Olympic Games emblem of three joined humanlike forms was shaped on Rio landmark 'Pão de Açúcar', otherwise called (What?) Mountain: Sourdough; Sugarloaf; Panettoni; or Pancake? Sugarloaf
  37. Which black sprinter/long-jumper won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics, to the embarrassment of the Nazi hosts? Jesse Owens
  38. Which nation traditionally leads the Olympics Games Opening Ceremony Parade: The host nation; The previous host nation; The next host nation; or Greece? Greece
  39. Waldi at Munich 1972, Wenlock at London 2012, and Vinicius at Rio 2016 are the respective Olympic: Presidents; Stadiums; Mascots; or Bottled water sponsors? Mascots
  40. Which two of these will account for over 90% of Rio 2016's Olympic c.$4bn revenues: Broadcast; Tickets; Sponsorship; or Fast Food? Broadcast and Sponsorship (roughly 45% each)

Some best-selling books about the Olympics... If you are interested in the history of the Olympic Games, the book The Games: A Global History of the Olympics is a 2016 best-seller, and explains many of the fascinating and controversial aspects of the modern Olympics. By the same author, David Goldblatt, his other 2016 best-selling book, How to Watch the Olympics: An instant initiation into every sport at Rio 2016, explains the sports and events in the modern Games, with the aim of educating the viewer to maximise the Olympics experience. Separately this quirky 'visitor's guide' to the history and origins of the ancient Olympic Games - A Visitor's Guide to the Ancient Greek Olympics - is among the popular and well-regarded books about the ancient Olympics. It's written by Neil Faulkner, research fellow at the University of Bristol. If you want a bigger more serious history of the ancient Olympics you might like The Ancient Olympic Games (Third Edition, 2015), by Judith Swaddling (British Museum Greek/Roman curator), which covers the first thousand years 1,100 years or so, from the Games' c.776BC foundation to their shut-down in c.AD395 by the Romans. Incidentally these links to Amazon pages will produce a little commission for this website if anyone buys from them, which goes towards the Businessballs website's running/development costs, so thank you.


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