Kathie Lee & Hoda: Who Knew? Olympic Trivia
The opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics is July 27 2012, so to get ready the ladies are going to test everyone with everything Olympic-related in the weekly Who Knew? trivia game. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were joined by Len Berman, sportscaster and author of six books, including his newest one titled Greatest Moments In Sports: Upsets and Underdogs, as they answer Olympic trivia, including colors of the Olympics rings, who has won the most medals and more.
Olympic Trivia: Event Involving Animal
What Olympic event once involved animals other than horses?
- Bull fighting
- Pigeon shooting
- Greased pig competition
- Greyhound racing
The correct answer is pigeon shooting. Len said in 1900 in Paris, there was live pigeon shooting and they decided to never do it again because it got a little messy.
Olympic Trivia: Country With Gold Medals
Which is the only country to win at least one gold medal at every Summer Olympics?
- Great Britain
- The U.S.
The correct answer is Great Britain. Len said the U.S. boycotted Moscow, so that was the trick there. The U.S. has had a gold medal in every other Olympics.
Olympic Trivia: Youngest Athlete To Medal
How old was the youngest person to ever win an Olympic medal in an individual event?
The correct answer is 12. Len said it was swimming and her name was Inge Sorensen from Denmark. They have no age restrictions in swimming, but they do in gymnastics.
Olympic Trivia: Streaking Penalties
What will be the penalty for streaking at the 2012 Olympics in London?
- 30 days in jail
- Banishment from the games
- A fine of 20,000 pounds (over $31,000)
- Charge with trespassing
The correct answer is a fine of 20,000 pounds. Len said it is because streakers often put advertising on their bodies and the Olympics people don’t want any ambush marketing, so that is why the fine is so high.
Olympic Trivia: Olympic Rings
On the Olympic flag, why are the Olympic rings black, blue, green, red and yellow?
- The colors look nice together
- There is no symbolism
- One of the colors is on every flag in the world
- The Greeks picked these colors at the first games
The correct answer is one of the colors is on every flag in the world. Len said one color on every flag and five rings for the five continents are together and joined for the games.
Olympic Trivia: Olympian With Most Medals
Who has won the most medals at the Olympics?
- Michael Phelps
- Carl Lewis
- Larissa Latynina
- Jenny Thompson
The correct answer is Larissa Latynina. Len said she is a long time gymnast from the Soviet Union. Michael Phelps needs just three medals at the London Games to pass her.