The Rio Olympic Games are August 5-21, 2016. And the Paralympic Games will be held September 7-18, 2016. It will be the first time the Olympics are held in South America. Tune into here for personal stories, more trivia and links to videos we love during the games!
Summer Games Olympic Trivia
With the summer Olympics in Rio around the corner, we’ve got Olympic fever!
Where and when were the first Olympic Games?
In 1896 the first Olympic Games were in Athens Greece.
“The first celebration of the modern Olympic Games took place in its ancient birthplace of Athens. The Games attracted athletes from 14 nations, with the largest delegations coming from Greece, Germany, France and Great Britain.” https://www.olympic.org/athens-1896
Which two countries entered the Olympics in the Helsinki 1952 Games?
In 1952, Israel and the Soviet Union entered the Helsinki Olympic Games for the first time.
“Israel and the Soviet Union entered the Olympic Games for the first time, and fears that Cold War rivalries would lead to clashes proved unfounded. Particularly impressive were the Soviet women gymnasts who won the team competition easily, beginning a streak that would continue for 40 years until the Soviet Union broke up into separate republics.” https://www.olympic.org/helsinki-1952
Which country led the boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow?
In 1980, The United States led the boycott of the summer Olympic Games in Moscow.
“A US-led boycott reduced the number of participating nations to 80, the lowest number since 1956, as part of a series of measures to protest against the December 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.” https://www.olympic.org/moscow-1980
Which Olympic Games was marred by the tragic terrorist bomb exploding in the Centennial Olympic Park?
The Atlanta Summer Olympic Games in 1996 carried on but was tragically tainted by the bombing in Centennial Olympic Park.
“The 1996 Games were given a dramatic and emotional start when the cauldron was lit by sporting legend Muhammad Ali. However, on 27 July tragedy struck when a terrorist bomb exploded in the Centennial Olympic Park. Two people died and a further 110 people were injured.” https://www.olympic.org/atlanta-1996
Which Olympics featured a four-man bob team that was comprised of athletes who’s countries were at war?
The Lillehammer Olympics in 1994 exemplified the spirit of the Games, bringing together a four-man bob team with a Croatian, Bosnians and a Serbian during during the Bosnian War.
“Although the Games took place during the Bosnian War, the Bosnia and Herzegovina four-man bob team consisted of one Croatian, two Bosnians and a Serbian – the best possible example of the Olympic spirit at the worst of times.” https://www.olympic.org/lillehammer-1994
Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
The Rio Olympic Games are August 5-21, 2016.
Rio 2016 Summer Paralympic Games
The Paralympic Games will be held September 7-18, 2016. It will be the first time the Olympics are held in South America. Tune into DarrenKavinoky.com/Olympics for trivia and more videos as the games begin!
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See the full calendar of events at https://www.rio2016.com/en.
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