Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018 in Numbers
On the 9th February 2018, Pyeongchang will be in full winter sports fever as the 23rd Winter Olympic Games begin. Following on from the success of Sochi four years ago, South Korea will be hoping to match the accomplishments of Russia. In this piece, we take a look at the numbers behind the games.
$13 billion – Hosting an Olympic Games does not come cheap. This Winter Olympics will cost Pyeongchang $13 billion, but this a decrease on the last games in Sochi which cost a cool $50 billion!
6,500 – This is the rough number of athletes who will be competing at the games, with 95 nations represented and 5 continents.
1988 – The last time South Korea hosted either a summer or a winter Olympic Games. It will be the 6th time a country from Asia has hosted the games.
$1310 – Starting at $192, the highest expected cost for a ticket to the opening ceremony will be $1310.
$768 – The highest predicted cost for a ticket to an event.
-0.2°C – A chilly -0.2 degrees Celsius is the average HIGH temperature for Pyeongchang in February. But it can be a lot colder, the average LOW temperature is -10 degrees Celsius!
43,666 – In 2013, the population of Pyeongchang was recorded as 43,666. Tiny in comparison to South Korea’s capital, Seoul, which has a population of 9.86 million people.
15 – Same as at the Sochi games, 15 sports will be contested at the Winter Olympics; Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Ski jumping, Snowboarding, Biathlon, Bobsled, Curling, Hockey, Figure Skating, Luge, Nordic Combined, Speed Skating and Skeleton.
63 – When it came to deciding who would host the 2018 games, South Korea competed against both France and Germany. South Korea won with 63 votes compared to Germany with 25 and France with 7.
91,000 – One of the main cogs in any Olympics Games are the volunteers. Pyeongchang received an estimated 91,000 applications from hopeful people, but unfortunately there are only 22,400 positions available.
547 – The number of days between the summer Olympic Games in Rio and the start of the Winter Olympic Games
295 – The previous Winter Olympics saw a total of 295 medals handed out. Russia had originally won with the most medals, 33, however since 2014, Russia hjave been stripped of 10 medals following doping investigations. This resulted in Norway winning with 26 total medal, South Korea in comparison won 8 medals.
With the controversy surrounding the exclusion of Russian athletes from the games, Pyeongchang will be hoping for the games don’t create more negative stories. All the action starts on the 9th February and ends 25th February 2018.
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