I know the Winter Olympics isn’t really your jam, but it only comes around once every four years so try and get a little excited.
While we’re at it, why don’t we throw a few facts and figures coming out of Pyeongchang your way.
Let’s start with a some general housekeeping via CNN:
$10 billion — The estimated cost of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The amount is roughly the GDP of Madagascar. That’s five times less than the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which was estimated to be the costliest ever.
2,925 — Number of athletes who will compete in the games. The US is sending 244 athletes, the largest athlete delegation in Olympic Winter Games history.
39 — The age of the oldest US winter Olympian: Hockey player, Brian Gionta. Last year, he played his 1000th game in the NHL.
50 – Miles the city of Pyeongchang is from the demilitarized [sic] zone that separates the south from North Korea. The DMZ is a border that splits the country in two, it’s heavily fortified and is roughly 160 miles long.
A closer look at the broadcasting set-up:
127 — Miles of cable [204 km] that will be used by NBC for the games. That’s roughly the distance between Los Angeles and San Diego. For the exceptionally athletic, you’d have to run the length of Manhattan roughly nine times to hit 127 miles.
99 — Shipping containers full of NBC gear that traveled to Pyeongchang. The containers are full of sets, cameras and other supplies.
2 — Helicopters that will provide aerial footage. NBC plans to use the helicopters for shots of Pyeongchang and other outdoor events.
Who is using helicopters when you just send a drone up there?
Lastly, the quirky:
85 — Number of robots reportedly placed in venues to provide information on schedules, transportation and tourist attractions during the Olympics.
110,000 — The amount of condoms reportedly distributed for the athletes at the games. That’s roughly 37 condoms per person.
At an exchange rate of R12 to the dollar, that’s R6 895 per gold. Sheesh, I was expecting more.
37 condoms per athlete should just about keep everyone wrapped up. Cue the obligatory information about Tinder use at the Winter Olympics. There was actually an Instagram account set up with screenshots of athletes’ profiles, but it has since been taken down.
The screenshots live on at NextShark:
Not a single puppy picture? No mention of ‘sapiosexual’? These profiles wouldn’t last a day in Cape Town
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