75 Ultimate Olympics Trivia Questions and Fun Facts (2024)

Olympics trivia uncovers surprising facts that highlight the spirit of this prestigious event.

The Olympics bring together the world’s best athletes to compete in a wide array of sports. With a rich history, the modern Olympic Games have evolved into a global phenomenon. They are filled with unforgettable moments and legendary performances.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual observer, these intriguing trivia tidbits will deepen your appreciation for the Olympics.

Olympics trivia questions and answers for kids and adults; facts

Fun Fact: According to Greek mythology, Hercules established the first Olympic Games.

Picture Quiz Trivia: Olympic Symbols

Can you name what these Olympic symbols represent? Answer the Olympics trivia questions that go with each picture below.

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The Olympic Flag

The rings symbolize the union of the five continents.

Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia

Peace and unity among the world’s nations

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The Olympic Torch

The start of the Olympic Games. The torch is a tribute to the fire that burned throughout the ancient Greek Olympic games honoring the goddess Hestia.

To the host city of the games through a torch relay.

It is used to light the Olympic Cauldron.

During the Olympic closing ceremony

Gold, silver, bronze

Faster, Higher, Stronger

Ancient Olympics Trivia

ancient Greece

12. In what country did the Olympic games originate?


13. Where did the Olympic games get their name from?

The sports contests were organized at Olympia, Greece..

14. What God were the games originally held in honor of?


15. True or False: There were no team sports at the ancient Olympics.

True- There were short foot races to keep men fit for war, horse and chariot races, and other events that did not require teamwork.

16. What were the winners awarded as a prize for winning their event?

A wreath of olives that could be worn as a crown.

17. What might happen to a married woman that tried to sneak into the ancient Greece Olympic games?

She could be punished by death.

18. Women could not compete at the Olympics. What festival was held in honor of Zeus’ wife, Hera that allowed women to take part?

Heraean Games (source)

19. What year was the first ancient Olympic games held?

776 BC

20. The games became so popular that what would stop in order to not hinder the games?


21. How often did the ancient Olympics take place?

Once every four years

22. Over how many days did the ancient Olympics take place?

5 days

23. What did Olympians wear while competing at the ancient Olympics?

Nothing! Athletes competed nude to show their physical power.

24. True or False: The main event at the games was the marathon.

False: The marathon was not an event at the ancient Olympics.

25. In 393 AD Emperor Theodosius banned the Olympic Games. Why?

The reason for the Olympic events was to honor Zeus. The Emperor called for all ‘pagan’ festivals to be banned with Christianity now taking precedence.


Modern Olympics Trivia

men racing on track

Fun Fact: It took 1,500 years before the modern Olympic Games would be celebrated. In 1896 Baron Pierre de Coubertin revived the Olympics and is considered to be the founder of the modern Olympics.

26. Where did the first modern Olympics take place in 1896?

Athens, Greece

27. A marathon race was held in the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens in honor of whom?


28. Where did Pheidippides run and why?

From Marathon, Greece to Athens (Pheidippides was a Greek soldier who ran from Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C. to bring news of a victory over the Persians.  This distance was 25 miles.)

29. How many events were held at the first modern Olympics?

43 (280 athletes and 13 countries participated)

30. Which city was the first opening ceremony for the Olympics held in 1908?


31. True or False: Olympic gold meals are made of solid gold.

False- They are only covered with gold. This has been the case since the 1912 Olympics.

32. How many times have the modern Olympics been canceled?

Four: 1916, 1940, 1944, 2020

33. What year were women first permitted to compete in the Olympics?


34. Which country has hosted the most Olympic Games?

United States

35. Which U.S. city hosted the modern Olympics in 1904?

St. Louis, Missouri

36. What organization looks after the Olympics?

International Olympic Committee

37. Which country has earned the most Olympic medals overall?

The United States

38. True or False: Initially, the Summer and Winter Games took place in the same year.

True- The Winter Games first began in 1924 and took place in the same year as the Summer Games.  The only difference was the host city.

Fun Fact: Since 1992, the Summer and Winter Games have been staggered every two years.

39. Where did the 1996 Summer Games take place?

Atlanta, Georgia

40. Which two sports featured in the Winter Olympics were originally part of the Summer Olympics?

Figure skating and Ice hockey


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C- Squash

42. True or False: The 1936 Summer Games in Berlin were the first to be broadcast live on television.


43. What year did the Summer Olympics take place in Tokyo after they were delayed by the pandemic?


44. Where was the first Winter Olympics held in 1924?

Chamonix, France

45. In 2016, which close-contact sport made the Olympic roster for the first time since 1924?


46. In which U.S. city will the 2028 Summer Olympics be held?

Los Angeles, California

47. When did snowboarding make its Olympic debut?


48. Which was the first Latin American city to host the Olympics?

Mexico City

49. Which was the largest city to ever host the Winter Olympics?

Vancouver, Canada

50. The Olympics were suspended for 36 hours after a terrorist attack in which city’s Olympic Village?


Olympic Athlete Trivia


51. What year did the NBA “Dream Team” participate in the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain and win gold?

Answer: 1992

52. Which gymnast was the first American woman to win the all-around gold medal at the Olympics?

Answer: Mary Lou Retton

53. Who is the most decorated Olympian with a total of 28 medals including 23 gold?

Answer: Michael Phelps

54. True or False: Eliud Kipchoge won the Olympic marathon in 2016 and 2020 and is considered one of the greatest marathon runners of all time.

Answer: True

55. Who was the first female Olympic champion in 1900?

Answer: Hélène de Pourtalès

56. Which male gymnast won four gold medals in a single day in 1992?

Answer: Vitaly Scherbo

57. Which American figure skating became the youngest female champion ever in the Winter Olympics?

Answer: Tara Lipinski

58. Who was the first Black athlete to win gold in the Winter Olympics?

Answer: Vonetta Flowers (2002)

59. Usain Bolt shattered which two records in 2008?

Answer: 100- and 200-meters (source)

60. Who is the only athlete in history to win medals at the Winter and Summer Olympics in the same year?

Answer: Christa Luding-Rothenburger (Speed skating and track cycling)

61. How old was the oldest Olympic medal winner?

Answer: 72 years old (Running Deer shooting team)

62. What is the lowest-populated country to win a medal at the Summer Olympic Games?

Answer: Bermuda

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63. At the 2008 Olympics, Michael Phelps broke whose record for most gold medals in swimming?

Answer: Mark Spitz

64. Which Olympian was also a winner of The Masked Dancer?

Answer: Gabby Douglas

65. Before becoming a boxing legend, Cassius Clay won gold in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Who was Cassius Clay?

Answer: Muhammad Ali

66. What recent gymnastics powerhouse has numerous gold medals and is celebrated for her groundbreaking routines and incredible difficulty level in her performances?

Answer: Simone Biles

67. Also known as the “Flying Tomato”, who has won three Olympic gold medals in the halfpipe event?

Answer: Shaun White

68. What British rower won gold medals in five consecutive Olympics (1984-2000)?

Answer: Steve Redgrave

69. Who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, challenging racial barriers and showcasing exceptional talent in track and field?

Answer: Jesse Owens

70. What American woman won four Olympic gold medals in tennis (one singles, three doubles)?

Answer: Serena Williams

71. What German kayaker won eight gold medals over six different Olympics, showcasing her longevity and excellence in the sport?

Answer: Birgit Fischer

72. Who is known for his unique running style and speed and has won four Olympic gold medals and set world records in the 200m and 400m sprints?

Answer: Michael Johnson

73. What Soviet gymnast has held the record for the most Olympic medals (18) for over 40 years until Phelps surpassed her?

Answer: Larisa Latynina

74. Who is considered one of the greatest female athletes and excelled in the heptathlon and long jump, winning multiple gold medals?

Answer: Jackie Joyner-Kersee

75. What American gymnast competed in the 1996 Olympics and famously landed her vault on one foot to win the gold?

Answer: Kerri Strug

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