On your mark, get set, and have a go at this pre-Olympic pop quiz.
True or False:
1) At the ancient Olympic Games, athletes competed nude.
2) In a hand-to-hand combat event called the pankration only eye-gouging was banned (strangling and finger-breaking were permitted).
3) Punishment for a false start in a race was a thrashing from the official whip-bearer.
If you said “true” to all three, you win the gold. To learn more fun facts about the original Olympics, check out the new book, The Naked Olympics, by Tony Perrottet.
— JOSH SENS