40 Fun Olympics Trivia Questions for Kids

My kids love watching the Olympics. They are always so excited to explore new sports and cheer on their favorite athletes. And, they always have so many questions about what they are watching, and about the history of the Olympics. This list of fun facts and Olympics trivia questions for kids is sure to get your family thinking.

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The First Olympic Games

Question: What were the Ancient Olympics?
Answer: The ancient games were athletic competitions between citizens of different cities in Greece.

Question: Why is it called the Olympics?
Answer: In ancient times, the Olympics were always held in Olympia, Greece, which is how they got their name. The Olympics were also a religious festival in honor of Zeus, who was said to live on Mt. Olympus. The Greeks believed the Olympics were created by the Greek gods who were competing with each other.

Question: When and where were the first Olympic games held?
Answer: The first time the Olympics were held was in Ancient Greece in 776 BC.

Question: What is the oldest Olympic sport?
Answer: The first Olympic sport was a running race called Stadion, or Stade. This was the only event at the Olympics from 776-724 BC. The length of the race was about 200 yards, and it was named after the stadium in which it was run. The winner of the Stadion was considered to be the winner of the whole Olympics.

Question: Who won the first Olympics?
Answer: The winner of the first Olympics was Coroebus of Elis, who was a cook and baker. He won the Stadion, which is a foot race, and was the only event at the first Olympics, so he is considered to be the winner of the whole Olympics.

Summer Games Hands On Activity Pack

Celebrate the 2021 Summer Games while you teach your kids with hands-on activities that will make learning fun! Your kids will enjoy playing with these activities so much, they will forget they are learning! This bundle includes over 60 pages of matching puzzles, count and clip cards, playdough mats, and much more.

The Ancient Olympic Games

Question: How often were the ancient games held?
Answer: The ancient games were held every 4 years. The 4 years were called an Olympiad and were a way to measure the passage of time in ancient Greece.

Question: What Olympic events were part of the Ancient Games?
Answer: Events at the Ancient Olympics included running, wrestling, boxing, long jump, discus, and equestrian events.

Question: What kind of running races were there?
Answer: The first Olympic event in running was the Stadion, which was a 200-yard sprint. Athletes also competed in the Diaulos, which was twice as long as the Stadion, or about 400 yards, starting in 724 BC. A long-distance race called the Dolichos was added in 720 BC.

Question: What kind of wrestling and boxing competitions were common in Olympic history?
Answer: Athletes competed in Ancient Greek wrestling, called Pale, beginning in 708 BC. Boxing with boxing gloves was added in 688 BC. Pankration, a fighting competition similar to mixed martial arts, was added in 648 BC and became very popular.

Question: Who could compete in the Ancient Olympics?
Answer: The competitors had to be free men. Women and slaves were not allowed to participate.

Question: When did the Olympics end?
Answer: The last time the Ancient Games were recorded in history was in 393 BC, under emperor Theodosius I. Archaeologists believe that the Olympics may have been continued after this date, but records were damaged when barbarians invaded Olympia.

Summer Games Medal Count Math and Geography Pack

Use the Summer Olympic Games as a fun starting point for math and geography lessons this summer! This pack is easy to use and no prep is required- just print and go! This pack includes over 100 pages of resources for both country studies and tracking and graphing of Olympic medals earned for each of 20 countries.

History of The Modern Olympic Games

Question: Who started the Olympics?
Answer: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1890. He created a system for holding the modern games every four years, at different locations around the world to encourage international competition between athletes.

Question: When and where were the first modern Olympic Games?
Answer: The first modern Olympics was held in Athens, Greece in 1896. Athletes from 14 different countries attended the first Olympics. 241 different Olympic athletes competed in 43 different events.

Question: Why are the Olympics every 4 years?
Answer: The modern Olympics are held every 4 years in honor of the Ancient Olympic games, which were also held every four years. The four years between games are known as an Olympiad. The Ancient Greeks used Olympiads as a way to measure the passage of time.

Question: Who stopped the Olympics?
Answer: The Olympic games were canceled three times. The games were not held in 1916 because of World War I and they were canceled in 1940 and 1944 because of World War II. The 2020 Olympics were postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled for 2021.

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The Summer Olympics

Question: When and where were the first Summer Olympics held?
Answer: The first summer games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. When the modern Olympic games were first started, only the summer games were held.

Question: When did gymnastics become an Olympic sport?
Answer: Men’s gymnastics has been a part of the Summer Olympics since the first modern Olympiad in 1896. Women’s gymnastics was added in 1936 and rhythmic gymnastics was added in 1984.

Question: When did water polo become an Olympic sport?
Answer: The first Olympic water polo game was played in 1900 at the summer games in Paris, France. Although there was no water polo competition in 1904, water polo has been a part of every Summer Olympics since 1908.

Question: When did table tennis become an Olympic sport?
Answer: Table tennis became an Olympic sport at the 1988 Summer games in Seoul, South Korea.

Question: When was beach volleyball introduced and when did it become an Olympic sport?
Answer: Beach volleyball was played at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain as a demonstration sport. Athletes competed for gold medals in beach volleyball for the first time at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Olympics Books for Kids

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The Winter Olympics

Question: Who started the Winter Olympics and why?
Answer: The first Winter Olympic games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924. They were a separate event organized by the International Olympic Committee to allow competition in winter sports that wouldn’t be possible during the Summer Olympics.

Question: When and where were the first Winter Olympics held?
Answer: The first Olympic winter games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924. This contest was called “International Winter Sports Week,” but it was organized by the International Olympic Committee and later renamed the Winter Olympics.

Question: What is the oldest Winter Olympic sport?
Answer: In the very first Winter Olympic Games in 1926, athletes competed in skiing (including cross-country skiing and ski jumping), skating (including speed skating and figure skating), ice hockey, bobsled, and curling.

Question: When did alpine skiing become an Olympic sport?
Answer: Athletes first competed in alpine skiing during the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Question: How often are the Winter Olympics games held?
Answer: The Winter Olympics are held once every four years. They are held 2 years apart from the Summer Olympic games.

Question: Why was there a 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics?
Answer: Until 1992, the Winter Olympics and the Summer Olympics were held in the same year. After 1992, the decision was made to alternate between the Summer and Winter Games every two years. The next winter Olympics was held in 1994.

Question: Which city will be hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics?
Answer: The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing, China from February 4- February 20, 2022.

Sports Counting Mats

These sports counting mats are a versatile resource that will make your homeschool fun! Teach counting, build fine motor skills, practice handwriting, and more!

Olympic Rings

Question: What is the symbol of the Olympic games?
Answer: The symbol of the Olympic Games is the Olympic rings. There are 5 rings, each a different color: blue, yellow, black, green, and red.

Question: Why are there 5 Olympic rings?
Answer: The 5 Olympic rings represent the five continents that participated in the original International Olympic Committee when the Modern Olympics were founded. These were Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

Question: What do the colors of the rings represent?
Answer: The colors of the rings were chosen to represent the five continents that participated in the first Modern Olympics: Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. In addition, at least one of the colors can be found on the national flags of every different country that participated in the Olympics.

Question: What does the Olympic flag look like?
Answer: The Olympic flag has a white background with the Olympic rings in blue, yellow, black, green, and red.

Sports Matching Puzzles

  • These sports matching puzzles are a fun way for your kids to practice their letters and numbers!
  • Use the letter matching puzzles to practice matching capital and lowercase letters.
  • Use the number matching puzzles to practice counting from 0-9.
  • Color and printer-friendly black and white versions included.

Olympic Symbols

Question: What is the Olympic motto?
Answer: The Olympic motto is “Citius – Altius – Fortius” which is Latin for “Faster – Higher – Stronger.”

Question: What is the Olympic mascot?
Answer: Each Olympic Games has one or more unique mascots, chosen by the host country. The mascot of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is Bing Dwen Dwen, a giant panda who was created by Cao Xue.

Question: What is the meaning of the Olympic flame?
Answer: The Olympic flame is lit during the opening ceremony and kept burning throughout the Olympic games. The flame symbolizes the connection between the Ancient and Modern Olympic Games.

Question: How does the Olympic flame get to the games?
Answer: The Olympic torch is lit in Olympia, Greece. It is carried from Greece to the location of the Olympic games via a torch relay. The flame is passed from person to person as it travels to the location of the current Olympic games.

Sports Clip Cards

This bundle includes 2 sets of sports themed clip cards for practicing letters and numbers. Make homeschooling fun with this easy hands-on activity!

Olympic Medals

Question: What kind of medals can athletes win at the Olympics?
Answer: In each sport, three medals are awarded. Athletes win a gold medal for first place, a silver medal for second place, and a bronze medal for third place.

Question: Why do Olympians bite medals?
Answer: In the past, biting a medal was a way to tell if it was made out of pure gold. If there were bite marks on the medal, the athlete could know that the gold was real. Now, athletes bite their medals as a tradition- and a photo opportunity.

Question: Are Olympic gold medals made out of solid gold?
Answer: No, they are not. Gold medals must be made out of at least 92.5% silver and must contain at least 6 grams of pure gold. The last solid gold medals were earned at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweeden.

Question: How much is a gold medal worth?
Answer: During the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, the value of a gold medal was about $810. The medals were made of 550 grams of silver at $25.78 per ounce and 6 grams of gold at $1,831 per ounce.

Question: When was the first gold medal awarded?
Answer: The first gold medals were awarded during the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Before 1904, the winner of the event received a silver medal and the runner-up received a bronze medal. There was no medal for the 3rd place finisher.

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