Useful Italian Words: Olympic sports

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic games are about to end. What are some words that can be used to talk about the Olympic sports in Italian? Learn them here in this useful Italian words lesson!

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The Olympic sports in Italian 1-10

First ten words for talking about the Olympic sports in Italian. Listen to each audio recording and repeat it out loud!

Le Olimpiadi
The Olympics

I Giochi olimpici
The Olympic games

Le Olimpiadi si tengono ogni quattro anni.
I Giochi olimpici si tengono ogni quattro anni.
The Olympic games are held every four years.

Lo sport, gli sport
The sport, the sports

Il punteggio
The score

La squadra
The team

Il giocatore
The player

Una squadra è composta da un certo numero di giocatori.
A team is made of a certain number of players.

Lo stadio olimpico
The Olympic stadium

Il giudice
The judge

Nelle gare di ginnastica artistica, sono i giudici che stabiliscono il punteggio.
In artistic gymnastics, the judges agree upon a score.

La giuria
The jury

Il record mondiale
The world record

Riuscirai a battere il record mondiale?
Will you be able to beat the world record?

Olympic sports in Italian - il record mondiale
Il record mondiale
The world record

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The Olympic sports in Italian 11-20

Other ten words for talking about the Olympic sports in Italian. Listen to each audio recording and repeat it out loud!

Il cronometro
The stopwatch

L’atletica
Athletics
Track and field sports

L’atleta
The athlete

L’atletica leggera è una delle più belle discipline olimpiche.
Athletics is one of the best Olympic sports.

La ginnastica
Gymnastics

La ginnasta
The gymnast (feminine)

Il salto in alto
The high jump

Qual è il record mondiale di salto in alto?
What’s the world record for the high jump?

Il salto in lungo
The long jump

Il salto con l’asta
The pole vault

La gara
The race

La pista
The track

Olympic sports in Italian - la pista
La pista
The track

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The Olympic sports in Italian 21-30

Other ten words for talking about the Olympic sports in Italian. Listen to each audio recording and repeat it out loud!

I blocchi di partenza
The starting blocks

La linea di partenza
The starting line

Chi parte prima del colpo di pistola rischia di essere squalificato per falsa partenza.
Those who move before the gun has fired are at risk of being disqualified for false start.

Il traguardo
The finish line

Il velocista
The sprinter

L’avversario
The opponent

Il karate
Karate

Il karate è un’arte marziale.
Karate is a martial art.

L’incontro
The match

Il getto del peso
The shot put

Il lancio del disco
The discus throw

Il lancio del giavellotto
The javelin throw

Olympic sports in Italian - il traguardo
Il traguardo
The finish line

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The Olympic sports in Italian 31-40

Other ten words for talking about the Olympic sports in Italian. Listen to each audio recording and repeat it out loud!

Il tiro con l’arco
The archery

La staffetta
The relay race

Il testimone
The baton
(Eye witness)

Trivia: Testimone has a double meaning in Italian. It can mean baton but also eyewitness.

L’atleta passa il testimone.
The athlete hands over the baton.

Ci sono testimoni del furto?
Are there any eyewitnesses to the theft?

La medaglia d’oro
The gold medal

La medaglia d’argento
The silver medal

La medaglia di bronzo
The bronze medal

La medaglia d’oro olimpica è fatta di oro puro o è placcata?
Is the Olympic gold medal made of pure gold or is it plated?

La ginnastica ritmica
The rhythmic gymnastics

Il sollevamento pesi
The weightlifting

La scherma
The fencing

Il tennis
Tennis

Olympic sports in Italian - testimone
Il testimone
The baton

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The Olympic sports in Italian 41-56

Final 16 words for talking about the Olympic sports in Italian. Listen to each audio recording and repeat it out loud!

Il calcio
Soccer

La pallacanestro
Basketball

Tutti i giocatori di pallacanestro sono molto alti.
All basketball players are very tall.

La vela
Sailing

Il surf
Surfing

Il surfista
The surfer

La pallavolo
Volleyball

L’equitazione
Equestrianism

Il fantino
The rider

La corsa a ostacoli
The steeplechase

Il nuoto
Swimming

Quanti stili di nuovo esistono?
How many swimming styles are there?

Il nuotatore
The swimmer

Il trampolino
The springboard

Il costume da bagno
The bathing suit

Lo stile libero
The freestyle swimming

Lo stile a rana
Breaststroke

Michael Phelps è l’atleta olimpico più famoso al mondo.
Michael Phelps is the most famous Olympic athlete in the world.

I 100 metri piani
The 100 meters

Olympic sports in Italian - the swimmer
Il nuotatore
The swimmer

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