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Olympic Games, 1896-1936

Quiz: the early modern Olympics

  1. Which European city was awarded the first games after World War I in 1920 as a tribute to its people?
  2. Name the only venue of the 1908 Games that was also used for the 2012 Summer Olympics?
  3. Which city hosted the first modern Olympics in 1896?
  4. Which stadium was the main venue of the 1908 games in London?
  5. In 1912, the City of London Police lost to the Stockholm Police in which event?
  6. In 1924 in Paris which event did Eric Liddell win?

  7. How many gold medals did Jesse Owens win in 1936?
  8. The 1912 Summer Olympics saw the introduction of art competitions. Who won the gold medal for literature?
  9. Which company has supported every edition of the Olympic Games since 1928?
  10. Name the track cycling venue for the 1932 Summer Olympics which will again be a venue during the 2028 Summer Olympics?
  11. Which country won the field hockey event in all Olympics from 1928 to 1956?
  12. In 1924, who won three gold medals in swimming and one bronze in water polo?
  13. The 1908 Games were originally going to be held in Rome, but were relocated to London on financial grounds. Why?
  14. What was remarkable about American gymnast George Eyser's six medals in 1904?
  15. Where exactly in Paris were the swimming events held in 1900?
  16. Which country made its first appearance in an Olympic Games as an independent nation in 1924?
  17. Who won his ninth, and final, gold medal in the 10,000 metres race in 1928?
  18. The 1904 Olympics were held in which American city?
  19. In 1928 Betty Robinson of the USA won the women's 100 metres in what world record time: (a)12.2 seconds, (b)13.2 seconds, or (c)14.2 seconds?
  20. In Paris 1900, Charlotte Sterry became the first ever individual female Olympic champion. Which sport did she play?


  1. Antwerp
  2. The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon
  3. Athens
  4. White City
  5. Tug of war
  6. 400 metres
  7. Four gold medals
  8. Baron Pierre de Coubertin (founder of the modern Olympic movement)
  9. Coca-Cola
  10. The Rose Bowl (Los Angeles)
  11. India
  12. Johnny Weissmuller
  13. The violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1906
  14. His left leg was made of wood
  15. Seine River
  16. Ireland
  17. Paavo Nurmi
  18. St. Louis
  19. (a)12.2 seconds
  20. Tennis