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2016 Summer Olympics Trivia Games

Olympic fun factsWho are the official mascots?

Where were the first Summer Olympic Games held?

Which country has hosted the Summer Games the most?

...With more and more fun facts as we got in shape for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Trivia Games!


What are the official Olympic sports competitions at the Summer Games?

There are over two dozen distinct competitions in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

They include traditional Olympic swimming, gymnastics, and cycling competitions, as well as newer sports that are of keen interest to younger viewers such as beach volleyball!

New this year? Olympic golf! It will be the first time golf has been played at the Olympics since the 1904 Summer Olympics.

 

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Vinicius and Tom, the official mascots
of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Who are the mascots for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games?

The Olympic mascot is called Vinicius and is named after musician Vinicius de Moraes. The Olympic mascot represents a mix of Brazilian wildlife with the intelligence of cats, the agility of monkeys, and the grace of birds.

The Paralympic mascot is called Tom, named after the musician Tom Jobim. He represents the plants of Brazilian forests and can pull any object from his head of leaves and is always growing and overcoming obstacles.


Rio de Janeiro - the home of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

This is the first time the Olympics will be held in South America and the first time Rio de Janeiro will play host.

No stranger to international sporting events, Rio has already played host to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

This year, there will be 33 different Olympic venues in four different districts of Rio de Janeiro (Copacabana, Barra de Tijuca, Deodoro and Maracanã.) The city's largest sporting venue, Maracanã Stadium, will also host the opening ceremony on August 5 and the closing ceremony on August 21.

Total cost to Rio for hosting the 2016 games? 37.6 billion Brazilian Real, or about $95 million US dollars.

The official motto for the 2016 Games is "Live your passion."


Summer Olympic History Fun Facts


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USA! USA!

• The very first modern Olympic games were the Summer Olympics held in 1896. Because Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Athens was considered to be an appropriate choice to stage the inaugural modern Games.

• London is the only city to host the Summer Games three times -- in 1908, 1948 and 2012. The Summer Olympics have been held in the USA four times (1904, 1932, 1984, 1996) - but in three different cities.

• The United States has won more gold and overall medals than any other country in the Summer Games. Summer Olympian Michael Phelps is the most-decorated Olympic athlete of any nation, with 22 Olympic medals (including 18 golds).

• Yes, it's true. Olympic gold medals aren't really made of solid gold, but silver with gold plating. Olympic gold medals haven't been pure gold for about a century.

• The modern games were only canceled three times, and it was always the Summer Olympics. The 1916 Summer Olympics in Berlin were canceled because of World War I. The 1940 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, as well as the 1944 Summer Olympics in London, were canceled because of World War II.


Summer Olympic Host Cities — past, present, future


Host City Year Host City Year
Tokyo 2020 Tokyo 1964
Rio de Janeiro 2016 Rome 1960
London 2012 Melbourne 1956
Beijing 2008 Helsinki 1952
Athens 2004 London 1948
Sydney 2000 Berlin 1936
Atlanta 1996 Los Angeles 1932
Barcelona 1992 Amsterdam 1928
Seoul 1988 Paris 1924
Los Angeles 1984 Antwerp 1920
Moscow 1980 Stockholm 1912
Montreal 1976 London 1908
Munich 1972 St Louis 1904
Mexico City 1968 Paris 1900
    Athens 1896


also see -> Summer Olympics Party Ideas | Olympics history & traditions


More Olympics trivia & fun facts around the Web:


Rio 2016: 16 Fun Facts About This Year's Olympics - NBC News
- The official American broadcaster has a review of the most interesting trivia from the 2016 games.

Random olympics trivia - Sit back and watch random Olympic fun facts fly by, timed to change every 10 seconds.

Olympic Fun Facts - Check out Fact Monster's Top Ten list of interesting factoids, plus scroll around for more interesting trivia on individual Olympic sports.

 

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