Nobody knows more about the Rio Olympics than you. Prove it with our party trivia quiz! 

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“Welcome to hell.”

Or, as the International Olympics Committee would rather us say it, welcome to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

This year’s official summer games run Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, marking South America’s first time to host the Olympic Games.

Undoubtedly, the event is a huge score for Rio, which has spent the past several months making headlines for its rising tide of violence and financial instability as it seemingly careens toward its date with athletic superstardom.

The hellacious greeting stuck, however, as lurid headlines of unpaid police, gang violence, zika infections, pollution, broadcasting delays and other hang-ups washed into global web browsers like body parts on polluted Brazilian beaches.

The Olympics have become a trope of sorts. The reality is every good Olympics carries with it a whiff of scandal. (Some admittedly stronger than others.) It also brings with it a roster of exceptionally talented and trained athletes from countries and states around the globe, including America and Oklahoma. That last bit is really important.

But you already know all this, right? While lamenting that one-hour (or longer) broadcasting delay during this year’s opening ceremonies, relax, check your local listings, brush up on your Okie-tied trivia and use this opportunity to show off your Olympic mettle.

Scroll down for quiz answers.

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1. What time of year are mosquitos likely to spread the zika virus in Rio?

a) August b) January

2. How many countries are represented in the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games?

a) 47 b) 207 c) 13

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3. Sooner basketball All-American and NBA star Wayman Tisdale helped lead the U.S. Olympic basketball team to a gold medal in what year?

a) 1980 b) 1982 c) 1984

4. Edmond-born former Sooners basketball star Blake Griffin now plays with the Los Angeles Clippers, but he’s skipping the 2016 Olympics. What’s the reason he gave for declining?

a) quad surgery requiring bone marrow injection treatment b) a moped crash tore an ankle ligament c) he lied about the injury so another player could take his place

5. How many visitors and athletes are expected at this year’s Olympic games in Rio?

a) 2 billion b) eleventy thousandish c) 350,000-500,000

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6. A stretch of Interstate 35 in Edmond is named for the most-decorated Olympic gymnast is U.S. history. Who is it?

a) Bart Conner b) Shannon Miller c) Shaun White

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7. What year did University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops help carry the Olympic Winter Games flame across Oklahoma?

a) 1984 b) 2012 c) 2002

8. In what year did a U.S. president boycott the Olympics to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan? Bonus points if you also name the president.

a) 1984 Summer Olympics b) 2014 Winter Olympics c) 1980 Summer Olympics

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9. Oklahoma City Thunder baller Russell Westbrook will participate in the Rio Olympics.

a) True b) False

10. Oklahoma State University athletes have earned how many medals since the 1924 Olympics?

a) 12 b) Why so serious? c) 25

11. Which Olympic medal winner was born in Oklahoma, belonged to the U.S. Air Force and went on to coach at the University of Oklahoma? Hint: He’s a member of the 2011 class of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

a) Dave Schultz, 1984 gold medalist b) Shelby Wilson, 1960 gold medalist c) Jay Thomas “Tommy” Evans, 1952 silver medalist

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12. A customs dispute kept what food item from U.S. athletes in during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia?

a) 5,000 containers of single-serve Chobani yogurt shipped from upstate New York b) 460,000 pounds of raw ingredients shipped daily to produce 60,000 meals a day for 18,000 athletes, staff and coaches c)  A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

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13. Native American Oklahoma sports star Jim Thorpe took home two gold medals — decathlon and pentathlon — from the 1912 Summer Olympics.

a) True b) False

14. Evangelistic music group Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma performed “flash mob” and other shows at which recent Olympic games?

a) 2014 Sochi Winter Games b) 2016 Rio Olympic Games c) never

15. American athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith made bold human rights and political statements during the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City when they did what during their medal ceremony for the men’s 200 meter race?

a) They stood shoeless, wearing black socks, to represent black poverty. b) Carlos wore a beaded necklace he said “were for those individuals that were lynched or killed and that no one said a prayer for, that were hung and tarred.” Smith donned a black scarf to represent black pride. c) They raised black-gloved fists in the air in what they called a “human rights salute” and bowed their head as they turned to face American flags and the U.S. national anthem played.

16. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team includes approximately how many athletes?

a) 550 b) 2,300 c) 120

17. In what year did Russell Westbrook win an Olympic gold medal?

a) 2012 b) 1988 c) 2010

18. Which Okie-tied Olympic medal winner was a three-time NCAA championship wrestler and owned a cattle auction?

a) Wayne Wells, 1972 gold medalist b) John Smith, 1988 gold medalist c) Ross Flood, 1936 silver medalist

19. In what year did the Summer Olympics celebrate its first African-American gold medalist?

a) John Taylor in the 1908 Olympics b) Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the 1996 Olympics c) The USA basketball Dream Team in the 1992 Olympics

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20. Former Thunder star and NBA MVP Kevin Durant will join Team USA for this summer’s Olympic tournament.

a) True b) False c) What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Fast facts

Oklahoma-born 2016 Team USA athletes

Gil Roberts, Oklahoma City, track and field

» He’s the first Red Raider (Texas Tech) athlete to make the U.S. National team in 12 years. » He graduated from Millwood High School in Oklahoma City in 2007. » In 2014, his team earned the 4x400 meter relay gold medal at the 2012 World Indoor Championships.

David Plummer, Norman, swimming

» He graduated from Westmoore High School in Moore in 2004. » He started swimming as a tadpole at age 5. » He trains three to five hours a day, six days a week. » His favorite U.S. city is Enid, Oklahoma.


1. b: August through early September is winter in Rio. 2. b 3. c 4. a 5. c 6. b 7. c 8. a: President Jimmy Carter declared a boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics. Four years later, the Soviet Union and 14 of its allies boycotted the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. 9. b 10. c 11. c 12. a: “The Russian Authorities should get past ‘nyet,’” said New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer of the of the dispute. 13. Neither: Jim Thorpe won both, but the medals were stripped from him after judges learned he played pro minor league baseball three years prior. In an act of solidarity with Thorpe, Hugo Wieslander, the decathlon silver medalist, refused to accept Thorpe’s. In 1983, 30 years after Thorpe’s death, the medals were restored to his children 14. a 15. All three are correct: In a July essay posted to, Carlos wrote, “The first 10 years after those Olympics were hell for me. … Still, I wouldn’t change what I did.” He added, “That picture of me and Tommie on the podium is the modern-day ‘Mona Lisa’ — a universal image that everyone wants to see and everyone wants to be related to in one way or another. And do you know why? Because we were standing for something. We were standing for humanity.” 16. a 17. a 18. c 19. a 20. a

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Washington Post, USA Today, NBC,, Brazilian Tourism Board,,,, Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report,,,,, Wikipedia, ESPN, The Associated Press,

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