Here's a great tool for quiz question writers who want to look for Olympics info in a new way, a really nice interactive map from the New York Times
You can searchthrough the years and get super fast stats on how various countries performed in various years. There is also a version for the Winter Olympics.
Here's a couple of things I found from the map that I didn't know already:
- Despite being separate and even rival countries at the time, East Germany and West Germany fielded a unified team for the Summer Olympics in1956, 1960 and 1964.
- Up to and including the 2010 Vancouver games, the only Southern Hemisphere country to win Winter Olympic medals of any colour has been Australia. THIS IS A MISTAKE - SEE COMMENTS BELOW.
I'm sure you can find plenty more.
Of course, Wikipedia has its own excellent resources (such as the all-time Olympic medal table) that offer more depth but this is a refreshingly visual tool to probe the Olympics and should serve as a jumping off point for a nice bit of question-writing.
I'm off to do a bit now to bolster the dpquiz.co.uk sports trivia pages.