The Olympics start this week. The games will formally begin after Friday’s opening ceremony in London, but the Olympic soccer tournaments start tomorrow.
Last week we tested your knowledge of Summer Olympic events and terminology. This week, we want to find out how much you know about some of the great Olympic performances from throughout the history of the games.
So get ready for London by reliving some of the most memorable moments from Olympics past.
How much do you know about Jesse Owens’s great performance at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin?
Great Summer Olympics Performances
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Question 1How many world records did Mark Spitz set at the 1972 Olympics in Munich?A2B5C7D10Question 1 Explanation: Spitz won a record 7 gold medals in 1972, and he set a world record in each of the events he won.Question 2Which Olympic Games featured breakout performances by Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) and Wilma Rudolph?A1956, MelbourneB1960, RomeC1964, TokyoD1968, Mexico CityQuestion 3In which two events did Jim Thorpe win gold medals at the 1912 Olympics?ADecathlon and pentathlonBShot put and tug of warCDecathlon and heptathlonDPentathlon and long jumpQuestion 4How many total points did wrestler Dan Gable give up during his impressive run to lightweight gold at the 1972 Olympics in Munich?A0B1C2D3Question 5In what event did Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci score the first perfect 10 in modern Olympics history at the 1976 games in Montreal?AVaultBBalance beamCFloor exerciseDUneven barsQuestion 5 Explanation: After scoring a 10 in the uneven bars, Nadia Comăneci went on to score six more perfect 10s at the 1976 Olympics.Question 6In what four events did Jesse Owens win gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin?A200 meters, 400 meters, high jump, 4 x 400 meter relayB100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, and 110 meter hurdlesC100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, 4 x 100 meter relayD100 meters, 200 meters, 4 x 100 meter relay, 4 x 400 meter relayQuestion 7Which of the following events did Michael Phelps not win in 2008 in Beijing?A200 butterflyB200 individual medleyC200 backstrokeD200 freestyleQuestion 8Paavo Nurmi, who won five gold medals in distance running events in 1924 in Paris, represented what nation?ABulgariaBFinlandCSoviet UnionDBelgiumQuestion 9American diver Greg Louganis won both the springboard and platform events at which two Olympic games?A1976 (Montreal) and 1984 (Los Angeles)B1984 (Los Angeles) and 1988 (Seoul)C1980 (Moscow) and 1988 (Seoul)D1988 (Seoul) and 1992 (Barcelona)Question 10Bruce Jenner, who won gold in the decathlon in 1976 with a world record-breaking 8,618 points, became a regular on what television drama?ACHiPsBCharlie's AngelsCDallasDMagnum, P.I.Question 11What team came closest to defeating the 1992 USA men's basketball "Dream Team"? (They lost by only 32 points.)ASpainBLithuania CCroatiaDAngolaQuestion 11 Explanation: Croatia, led by Dražen Petrović, lost to the Americans by 33 in pool play and by 32 in the gold medal game. Puerto Rico, who lost by 38, was the only other team to come within 40.Question 12Which athlete holds the record for winning the most Olympic medals?AMark Spitz (American swimmer)BMichael Phelps (American swimmer)CEdoardo Mangiarotti (Italian fencer)DLarisa Latynina (Soviet gymnast)Question 12 Explanation: Larisa Latynina won 18 medals (9 gold, 5 silver, 4 bronze) in 3 Olympics (1956, 1960, 1964). Phelps, who has 16 (14 gold, 2 bronze) will almost certainly break Latynina's record in London.Question 13How was Jackie Joyner-Kersee—who won gold in the heptathlon and long jump in 1988 in Seoul—related to sprinter Florence Griffith-Joyner—who won gold in the 100, 200, and 4 x 100 relay in Seoul?ACousinBSisterCSister-in-lawDAuntQuestion 13 Explanation: The late Florence Griffith-Joyner was married to Joyner-Kersee's brother, triple jumper Al Joyner.Question 14Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won three gold medals four years ago in Beijing. How many world records did he break?A0B1C2D3Question 14 Explanation: Bolt broke records in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and (along with his Jamaican teammates) 4 x 100 relay.Question 15How many games did beach volleyball duo Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor lose at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics?A0B1C2D3Question 16Italian fencer Edoardo Mangiarotti won his first gold medal in 1936, when he was only 17. At what Olympics did he win his last gold medal?A1948 (London)B1952 (Helsinki) C1956 (Melbourne)D1960 (Rome)Question 17Michael Phelps famously won a record 8 gold medals in Beijing in 2008. How many gold medals did he win in Athens in 2004?A4B5C6D7Question 17 Explanation: Phelps won 6 gold medals and 2 bronze in Athens.Question 18In 1968 in Mexico City, American Bob Beamon set a world record that would stand for 23 years. In what event did he set the record?AHigh jumpBShot putCPole vaultDLong jumpQuestion 18 Explanation: Beamon jumped an incredible 8.9 meters (29 feet, 2.5 inches) in Mexico City. Mike Powell broke Beamon's record in 1991.Question 19"Flying Housewife" Fanny Blankers-Koen, the 30-year-old mother of two who won four track-and-field gold medals in London in 1948, represented what country?AThe United StatesBCanadaCThe NetherlandsDPolandQuestion 20Kerri Strug's famous vault on a bad ankle clinched a gold medal for the U.S. women's gymnastics team at the 1996 games in Atlanta. Who was the only American woman to win a gymnastics individual gold medal in Atlanta?AKerri StrugBDominique DawesCAmy ChowDShannon MillerQuestion 20 Explanation: Miller won gold in the balance beam.
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All doneNice Try. (If you want to do some reading before the Olympics get started, I can recommend some articles.)Qualifier: Not bad. No one can know everything about the Olympics. You should have no trouble enjoying the games.Bronze Medal: Hey, there's no shame in winning bronze.Silver Medal: You are elite in your Olympic knowledge. Enjoy the games.Gold Medal: You are an expert on the Summer Olympics and are no doubt counting down the minutes until next week's opening ceremony.