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Trivia: Test Your Olympic Knowledge, Part 1

The Summer Olympics began on July 27, but how well do you know the Games?

From Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Nadia Comăneci receiving the first perfect 10 in 1976, there have been several unforgettable moments in Olympic history.

As hundreds of world-class athletes began to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games beginning July 27, Patch is celebrating the start of the games by posting Olympic trivia questions. Enter your guesses in the comments below, and we'll soon post the answers.

1. Which famous literary and film character has been played by no less than four Olympians on screen?

  • King Kong
  • James Bond
  • Tarzan
  • Batman

2. Which of these is no longer an Olympic event? 

  • Golf
  • Fencing
  • Discus throwing
  • Triple Jump

3. In 1904, American George Eyser won three golds, two silvers and a bronze in gymnastics. Besides the number of medals he took home, what was remarkable about his achievement?

  • He had a glass eye
  • He had a wooden leg
  • He was blind
  • He was deaf

4. How many perfect 10s was Nadia Comaneci awarded during the 1976 Olympics?

  • Five
  • Six
  • Seven
  • Eight

5. Which author of the seminal book on baby and child care was also a gold medalist. 

  • Dr. Benjamin Spock
  • Dr. Michael Cohen
  • C. R. Partridge
  • Jane Mattes

6. How long is the route for the marathon event in the 2012 Olympics?

  • 8 miles
  • 11.2 miles
  • 26.3 miles
  • 40.6 miles

7. Who lit the torch to start the Games in Atlanta?

  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Cathy Freeman
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Ken Henry

8. What is the name of the mascot of the 2012 Games?

  • Misha
  • Sam
  • Izzy
  • Wenlock

9. When were women first allowed to compete in the modern Olympics?

  • 1896
  • 1900
  • 1904
  • 1908

10. One of the events in which men compete directly with women is Sailing. Which is the other?

  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Triathlon
  • Equestrian

Also check out our Directory and Events Calendar for listings of places where you can learn and participate in Olympic sports ranging from basketball to karate, gymnastics, swimming and more.

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