The Shocking Olympic Scandals Quiz
by Staff
The Olympics are a time for glory, but can also provide a worldwide audience when something goes wrong. Take our quiz to see how much you know about some of the greatest scandals and controversies of Olympic games, past and present.

Which of these countries famously boycotted the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles?

  • China
  • USSR
  • Canada

Why was Jim Thorpe stripped of his medals from the 1912 Games?

  • He took steroids.
  • He cheated.
  • He played pro baseball.

Where were the Olympics held in 1994, when Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding faced off on the ice?

  • Albertville
  • Lillehammer
  • Nagano

Fred Lorz rode in a car for much of the race before winning the marathon at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis.

  • TRUE

Which venue was subject to a bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta?

  • Centennial Olympic Park
  • swimming venue
  • athletes village

Two pairs skating teams shared the gold medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

  • TRUE

Why did Andreea Raducan lose her gold medal in gymnastics at the 2000 Games in Sydney?

  • She was underage.
  • She took steroids.
  • She took cold medicine.

What year did two summer Olympians famously give the "Black Power" salute on the medal podium?

  • 1968
  • 1972
  • 1976

What year did the U.S. team lose to the USSR 51-50 in a hotly-contested game?

  • 1964
  • 1968
  • 1972

Who took the gold in the 100m in 1988 after Ben Johnson was disqualified for doping?

  • Carl Lewis
  • Linford Christie
  • Ray Stewart

Which country did Zola Budd represent in the 1984 Games?

  • United States
  • Great Britain
  • Canada

Which apparatus was set up incorrectly during the women's gymnastics competition at the 2000 Games in Sydney?

  • balance beam
  • bars
  • vault

In what sport do athletes use an epee?

  • boxing
  • swimming
  • fencing

Which German city hosted the games in 1936?

  • Munich
  • Berlin
  • Hamburg

What year did the Munich Massacre occur?

  • 1964
  • 1968
  • 1972

What year was boxer Roy Jones Jr. mysteriously cheated out of a well-deserved gold medal?

  • 1988
  • 1992
  • 1996

How many gold medals did Marion Jones win in Sydney in 2000?

  • 5
  • 7
  • 9

What city hosted the 2002 Winter Games, where several officials were later jailed for bribery?

  • Nagano
  • Vancouver
  • Salt Lake City

Lance Armstrong won the gold medal for cycling at the 2000 games.

  • TRUE

What nation was stripped of a medal in team gymnastics after officials learned the country used an underage gymnast at the 2000 Summer Games?

  • United States
  • China
  • Romania

Which country's team housing did officials raid to gather evidence related to doping at the Turin Olympics in 2006?

  • Canada
  • Austria
  • Germany

What sport is Ross Rebagliati best-known for?

  • snowboarding
  • skiing
  • figure skating

When was South Africa finally allowed to send teams to the Olympics, after being banned from the games in 1964?

  • 1992
  • 1996
  • 2000

What city hosted the Olympics — and a basketball "Dream Team" — in 1992?

  • Atlanta
  • Seoul
  • Barcelona

What was Evan Lysacek criticized for when he won the gold in figure skating at the 2010 Games?

  • not doing a quad
  • not doing a triple axel
  • falling on his footwork sequence

What sport was Olympian Knud Enemark Jensen participating in when he died during the 1960 Games in Rome?

  • swimming
  • cycling
  • fencing

East German officials routinely gave male hormones to female athletes during the '70s and '80s.

  • TRUE

How much did Russia spend on the Sochi Olympics?

  • $21 billion
  • $36 billion
  • $51 billion

Why was Stella Walsh able to run so fast when she raced at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles?

  • steroids
  • She was assigned male at birth.
  • She used revolutionary training techniques.

What human rights issue became a hot topic during the Sochi games, resulting in protests and plenty of headlines?

  • gay rights
  • animal rights
  • women's rights