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Fascinating Facts About the 2012 Summer Olympics

I don’t know if you’ve heard yet or not, but the 2012 Olympics have started.  News has barely been covering it, so you may not have realized it.  But, start they have and with a bang at that.  Sure, they’re exciting, but have you ever thought about the work that goes into putting a show like this on?  We’ve compiled some fascinating facts about this year’s Olympics, so you can understand the sheer breadth of this undertaking.

Olympics.org

Where the Olympics are being held: London, United Kingdom

When are they Olympics being held: July 27-August 12

Competitors: Around 10,500 athletes

How many countries involved: 204 nations and territories

How many events: 302

How many different sports: 26

How many times the Olympics have been hosted in London: 3

2012 Olympic Motto: “Inspire a Generation”

How many unique spectators are expected to be in attendance: 500,000

How many tickets have been sold to the event: 9,000,000

The range of ticket prices for seats at the Olympics: $30-$3,000

How much performers at the opening ceremony such as Paul McCartney were paid: 1 pound, or approximately $1.57 (They were only paid to make their signed contracts legally binding.)

Number of buildings that had to be demolished to make way for the newly built Olympic Park: Over 200

Amount of revenue expected to be generated for the British economy during the Olympics: $15,707,000

Now you can watch the games, while having an understanding of the event itself.

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