Australian Olympic Trivia Quiz
Australia at the Olympics
Australia has a strong Olympic tradition. It is the only country other than Greece that has been represented at every modern Olympic Games.
This page is packed full of facts, trivia and quizzes to test your knowledge of Australia's Olympic history. Memorise a few facts and shock your friends with your superior knowledge. Who knows you might even win a pub quiz with what you learn from this page.
DId you know? - 10 Facts about Australia at the Olympics
- Australia and Greece are the only two nations to have participated at every Summer Olympic Games of the modern era.
- In London in 1908 and in Stockholm in 1912 Australia and New Zealand competed as a single team called Australasia
- Australia's most successful Olympic team sport is field hockey where they have picked up 4 gold medals between 1988 and 2004 (3 to the women and 1 to the men)
- The only time Australia has not won any medals was in St Louis in 1904 - but there was only 1 person in the team - poor guy imagine the pressure!
- Of the 26 summer games there are only 3 where Australia did not bring home a gold medal. Antwerp in 1920, Berlin in 1936 and Montreal in 1976
- Swimming is the most successful sport for Australia with 168 medals
- The Melbourne games in 1956 were the first to be held in the southern hemisphere.
- The oldest person to win a medal for Australia is Bill Roycroft who won Bronze in the Equestrian team event at 61 years
- The youngest Gold medallist for Australia was Sandra Morgan who represented Australia in the swimming freestyle relay in Melbourne at 14 years of age.
- Australia will compete in all but 3 of the events at London 2012 - Fencing, Football and Handball
The Bronze Medals for the Sydney Olympics were made from melted down 1 and 2 cent coins that had been removed from circulation in the 1990s
Dawn Fraser at the 1960 Games
Image credit: Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 - via Wikimedia Commons
The people of Sydney were awarded the Pierre de Coubertin Trophy" for the collaboration and happiness they showed the athletes and visitors during the 2000 games.
Sydney Olympic Gold Medal
Australia has won 458 Olympic medals (Summer and Winter)
By Rick Sforza, U.S. Air Force [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Australian Olympic Athletes Nicknames
Leisel Jones - Diesel
Madame Butterfly - Susie O'Neill
Thorpedo - Ian Thorpe
Lithgow Flash - Marjorie Jackson
The missile (James Magnissen)
Deeks - Robert De Castella
Jumpin Jai - Jai Taurima
Need more facts? - Olympic Homework Research and Olympic lesson plans links
- Official Australian London Olympics website
All the medals, all the stories and all the team profiles on one page.
- Australia at the Olympics for kids
Australia post have put together some helpful pages on Australia at the Olympics and the London Games specifically.
- Boxing Kangaroo Kids website
Colourful, comic style presentation of Olympic facts for kids by the AOC.