The Numbers of the Rio 2016 Olympiad

Friday 5th August saw the world’s biggest sporting event hit South American shores for the first time in its illustrious history.

As ever the Olympic Games is a major worldwide event celebrating sporting triumph and dedication. This year’s event has been marred by well publicised infrastructure and development problems, however, despite this the 31st games still presents some fascinating numbers and figures that perfectly encapsulate the awesome effort required to host and develop the games and put on the Greatest Show on Earth!

  1. Dates of Competition: 3rd August – 21st August 2016.
    The Official opening Ceremony was held on the 5th August – but opening rounds of competition started a couple of days before.
  2. The 2016 Summer Olympic program will feature a total of 28 sports, with 41 disciplines and 306 events. (306 sets of medals up for grabs)
  3. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 Countries are taking part. This Olympics also sees competitors form a Refugee team – taking the amount of competing teams to 207.
  4. Team USA has the largest team with 554 athletes. The smallest team belongs to the South Pacific nation of Tuvalu with just 1 athlete!
  5. The youngest is a 13-year-old Nepalese swimmer. The Oldest is 61 year old Equestrian rider from Australia. A difference of 48 years!
  6. A 4ft 8 inches an artistic gymnast will be the shortest contestant –  the tallest duo will be 2ft 3 inches taller at a mighty 6ft 11 inches – no prizes for guessing the duo are basketballers!
  7. Michael Phelps from the USA is the most decorated Olympian with 21 Gold Medals!* Oh and 2 Silvers and 2 Bronzes!
    *Correct at time of writing.
  8. The Opening Ceremony was estimated to have 3 billion watching! It featured 300 dancers, 5,000 volunteers & 12,000 costumes.
  9. It’s estimated that the 31st Olympic Games will cost circa £9Bn to host the event, across 34 venues mainly in Rio de Janeiro but also 5 other cities (almost exclusively for the football tournaments).
  10. Finally, over 3,000 hours of HD coverage will be provided by the BBC – that’s 125 days of TV in 15 days of competition!

Happy watching! Good luck to all competing!

Written byTony Conte

Founder and Owner of Brave Agency, an Integrated Agency transforming businesses through design, digital and marketing, helping you, our clients to get results by applying the right strategy.

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