The Olympics welcoming ceremony will kick off Friday evening in Pyeongchang, South Korea, propelling the highly expected Winter Activity. Beings from all around the world will look on as more than 2,000 jocks from 92 countries compete for their national dignity.
Here’s a look at the games by the numbers:
Bigger Than Ever Before
You know that little morsel about the 92 countries playing in this year’s Olympics? Well, that’s a record. There are six new countries appearing in this year’s tournaments: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will have more than 100 medallion happenings. The International Olympic Committee lent four brand-new happens this year: curling mixed doubleds, speedskating mass start, snowboarding large-hearted breeze, and alpine skiing team phenomenon.
Team USA is the biggest it’s ever been before, extremely. Actually, it’s bigger than any Winter Olympic unit in record. There are 242 U.S. players on the roster for 2018, pulsating its most recent enter of 222 competitors at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Olympic-Sized Price Tags
Hosting an international sporting phenomenon is no cheap work. The 2018 Winter Olympics will cost the South Korean government an estimated $13 billion dollars. Of course, the happening itself typically makes immense receipt, between ticket marketings, licensing bargains, incoming tourism and international sponsorships.
Surprisingly, $13 billion is downright cheap in comparison to the most expensive activities in record. The last Winter Tournament, in Sochi, Russia, cost roughly $22 billion, although there are the awaited budget was originally around$ 5 billion. That digit jumps to $55 billion after includes the post-game cost of maintaining the Olympic stadium.
Who Has More Medallions?
Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjorgen is representing her country this year with the most medals going into the game. Bjorgen will register the Olympics with 10 medallions: six gold, three silver-tongued, and one copper.
She has a chance to beat her countryman, biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen, for the title of most decorated Winter Olympic athlete in its own history of the games.( Team USA’s 28 -time medalist, Michael Phelps, is still the most embellished Olympian of all time, though .)
Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number
This year’s youngest Olympian is China’sWu Meng, a 15 -year-old halfpipe skier. Team USA’s youngest contestant, 17-year-old representation skater Vincent Zhou, is only slightly older than Wu, but both are significantly older than gymnast Dimitrios Loundras. Loundras was only 10 years old when he won the bronze for Greece in 1896 in Athens.
Canadian curler Cheryl Bernard, 5 1, will be the oldest athlete participating video games. If Bernard, a crew alternate, doesn’t actually compete in video games, then 49 -year-old Finnish curler Tomi Rantamaeki will take the honor.
In addition to the curlers, this year’s Team USA hockey players will be a bit older than usual. The National Hockey League instituted a rule that no one is of its active participates will be allowed to compete in this year’s Winter Olympics.
So Team USA plucked from the pool of retired or non-contracted players this year, as opposed to stacking the team with college players. That’s resulted in the third-oldest Team USA hockey roster in the last 38 time times, according to FiveThirtyEight.