Signal Quiz! Winter Olympics trivia

The Winter Olympics have had their fair share of political drama over the years. As the 2022 Games open in Beijing, test your knowledge of those moments in this special Signal quiz. Let us know if you score gold.

1. What did then-President George W. Bush do at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City?

A. Stand alongside Team USA rather than in the VIP box

B. I bet with Vladimir Putin that the United States would beat Russia in men’s ice hockey

C. Preparing for your State of the Union address

2. Who carried the unified Korean flag at the opening ceremony of Pyeongchang 2018?

A. North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in

B. Kim’s sister, Yo Chong, and South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook, also a famous singer

C. North Korean hockey player Hwang Chung-gum and South Korean bobsledder Won Yun-jong

3. Many Western governments have joined the official US-led diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Games over China’s policies in Xinjiang. Eight years ago, why did some Western leaders also refuse to attend Sochi 2014?

A. Russia had invited delegations from the pro-Russian Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Russia defended during its brief 2008 war with Georgia

B. Russian Anti-LBGT Laws

C. They had a vision in a dream that Putin was up to something in Ukraine and would annex Crimea months later

4. Taiwanese speed skater Huang Yu-ting has been criticized for this political gesture.

A. Support Taiwan’s independence from China

B. Refuse to compete under the China-approved name “Taipei, China” for Taiwan

C. Wear China (Mainland) uniform during training

5. Which of the following is NOT an official Beijing 2022 mascot?

A. Bing Dwen Dwen, a panda with an ice suit

B. Winnie the Pooh

C. Shuey Rhon Rhon, an anthropomorphic lantern


1. A— Bush 43 stood alongside Team USA instead of being in the VIP box with other world leaders for show national unity just a few months after 9/11.

2. C— Athletes from the two Koreas wove a white flag with the blue outline of the Korean Peninsula. It was a Instant Disney which a few weeks later forced the North Koreans to seek talks with the South.

3.B— Barack Obama, David Cameron and Angela Merkel all forwarded to Sochi after Russia’s parliament passed a law banning “gay propaganda” which rights groups say has sparked an upsurge in violence against LGBT people.

4. C— Huang noted she wore the costume to show her friendship with her Chinese rivals. But since China doesn’t show much love to Taiwan these days, at home it has been criticized for the gesture.

5.B— Chinese netizens have long believed that Xi Jinping looks suspiciously like the fictional teddy bear in this 2013 photo walking with then-US President Barack Obama. The comparison triggers Xi, so China has since banned Winnie the Pooh online.

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