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The Olympic Games by numbers

August 8, 2008
  • 18 – number of days of competition – Aug. 6-7 and 9-24.
  • 302 – medal events
  • 10,708 – athletes taking part
  • 21,600 – media accredited to the Games
  • 2,924 – judges and referees
  • 70,000 – Olympic Games volunteers
  • 91,000 – seats in the “Bird’s Nest” stadium
  • 31 – venues in Beijing
  • 6 – venues outside Beijing (Hong Kong, Qingdao, Tianjin, Shenyang, Shanghai, Qinhuangdao)
  • 7,000,000 – tickets sold
  • 5,000 yuan – ticket for opening ceremony ($661.4)
  • 30 yuan – ticket for softball preliminaries ($3.97)
  • 137,000 km – distance covered by pre-Games torch relay
  • 24.9 Celsius – average temperature in Beijing in August
  • 159.7 mm – average rainfall in Beijing in August

Reuters is putting out a ton of stats and factbox material as well as scores of stories per day. If you haven’t already, please check out our Olympics Website here.

NOTE: This post was updated with new information at 0837 GMT on August 8.

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