Count me in: The London Olympics by the numbers

BY foxsports • June 15, 2012

The London Olympics this summer is big, big, big by any measure. Here are a few numbers from Olympic organizers that put the July 27-Aug. 12 event into perspective.

THE GAMES THEMSELVES:

- 10,500 athletes from 205 national Olympic committees

- 26 sports; 39 disciplines

- 34 venues around the U.K.

- 302 medal events

- 8.8 million tickets

- 21,000 media and broadcasters

THE TORCH:

- 8,000 torchbearers to carry the flame across Britain and Ireland

- 8,000 miles (12,785 kilometers ) : Length of the torch relay

-300 meters: Average distance each torchbearer has the flame

- 95 percent: Portion of the U.K. population within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of the flame

THE PUBLIC:

-1 billion visitors to london2012.com

-14 million meals to be served at the games

-70,000 volunteers

-2,012 official pin badge designs

-28 ''Olympic live sites'' across nation with big screen televisions

-203,000 pieces of luggage leaving Heathrow on Aug. 13, the day after the Olympics end

EQUIPMENT

- 1 million pieces of equipment

- 600 basketballs

-541 lifejackets (canoeing, marathon swimming, rowing, sailing, and triathlon)

-510 adjustable hurdles for track events

-356 pairs of boxing gloves

-99 training dolls for wrestling and judo

-53 sets of lane ropes for swimming

ATHETES VILLAGE

- 45,000: number of meals served there per day

-165,000: number of towels

-22,000: number of pillows

SECURITY

-12,000 police officers on duty on the busiest days

-23,700 security personnel, not including police


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