The 2012 Summer Olympics in London open one week from today.
While some Olympic events, such as basketball and soccer, are familiar to the average sports fan, many others are sports that we only pay attention to once every four years.
So to prepare yourself for this year’s games, take this quiz and test your knowledge of Summer Olympics events and terminology.
Summer Olympic Events and Terminology
Backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle
Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly
Butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle
Breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle, backstroke
Badminton, single sculls (rowing), archery, steeplechase, dressage
Pistol shooting, fencing, 200 meter freestyle (swimming), show jumping, 3 km run
200 meter run, high jump, hammer throw, triple jump, 800 meter run
Time trial (cycling), 200 meter run, single sculls (rowing), 400 meter freestyle (swimming), 1500 meter run
Gold, silver, bronze
Citizenship, friendship, courage
Nation, world, sport
Faster, higher, stronger
What is dressage?
The outfits worn by athletes in the rhythmic gymnastics competition
An equestrian event in which the horse and rider perform a series of predetermined movements
An antiquated term for awards worn on the body, including Olympic medals (e.g. "Michael Phelps left Beijing four years ago draped in dressage.")
The oldest and most intricate fencing discipline
Greco-Roman wrestlers cannot win a match by pinning their opponent; freestyle wrestlers can.
Only wrestlers from Greece and Italy may participate in Greco-Roman wrestling; anyone may compete in freestyle.
Greco-Roman wrestling does not allow holds below the waist; freestyle does.
Greco-Roman wrestling does not allow competitors to grip their opponents with their hands; freestyle does.
Foil, dagger, and steel
Sabre, dagger, and épée
Foil, blade, and épée
Foil, sabre, and épée
6.25 meters (about 20 feet, 6 inches)
7.25 meters (about 23 feet, 9 inches)
6.75 meters (about 22 feet, 2 inches)
6.32 meters (about 20 feet, 9 inches)
Clean and jerk
Bench and squat
Snatch and clean & jerk
Snatch and powerlift