The London Olympics 2012 Know Your Facts

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  •  Roughly 3,600g of gold worth more than $193,250 will be used to plate the medals that will be awarded at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
  •  The last time that solid gold medals were awarded to Olympic champions was at the 1912 Stockholm Games. Designed by Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal and Erik Lindberg, only 90 were issued.
  • Based purely on gold content each is worth approximately $1,250. However, as a collectable each one is worth at least $5,500.
  •  The continents of Africa and South America have never held an Olympic Games even though they represent two of the five rings in the Olympic Logo. This will change in 2016 when the event is held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will also mean that Africa will be the last continent to stage the games at some time in the future.
  • Over the years, approximately 40 English language entertainment-based movies have been made that somehow feature the Olympics.
  •  Olympic mascots were only introduced in 1968 when Mexico used both a red jaguar and a white dove to help them communicate their Olympic message.
  •  In keeping with the concept of the city states of Ancient Greece all Olympic Games are named after the host city and not the country in which they’re staged.
  •  At the 1904 Paris Games the winners were awarded paintings instead of medals as the French believed that they would be more valuable.
  • Dimitrios Loundras, a ten year old gymnast from Greece is often quoted as the youngest participant in the Olympic Games but there is a record that a hastily recruited seven year old French boy was part of the Dutch team that won the Coxed Rairs Rowing Race at the 1900 Games. Unfortunately, he became bored and wandered off before anyone recorded his name.
  •  The first suspension for drug abuse was at the 1968 Mexico City Games. The drug in question was a few pints of beer. The competitor was a Swedish pentathlete, Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall.
  •  Over the past 117 years only three Olympic Games have been cancelled and in every case it was due to a World War. (1916, 1940 & 1944)
The first Olympic Games in 1896 featured only nine sectors. These were: Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling. All of these except tennis have been featured at every subsequent Games.
  •  Not many people know that the Olympic Torch Relay from Olympia in Greece to the Olympic Stadium of the host city is not an ancient tradition. It’s actually less than 100 years old and was conceived by Carl Diem and first introduced at the 1936 Berlin Games during the early years of the Third Reich.
  •  Some of the events that have been dropped from the Olympic Games over the years include the Tug-of-War, Pelote Bisque, Cricket, Polo and the shooting of live pigeons.
  •  The first Olympic Games in 1896 featured only nine sectors. These were: Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling. All of these except tennis have been featured at every subsequent Games. Tennis was dropped in 1928 and only reinstated in 1988. A gap of 60 years.


  • 26 Olympic sports will be played, out of which India will be participating in 13 different sports.
  • 205 Countries are participating in this Olympics from all over the world.
  •  The planned Indian government outlay for the London Olympics was Rs. 2500 million in preparing for the games, including around Rs. 200 million on foreign coaches for various events.
  •  19 Paralympic sports will be played.
  •  Food and Beverage potential: 18 million meals.
  •  Total workforce needed: 200,000.
  • 20,000 press/media will be in attendance.
  •  There will be 500,000 spectators per day.
  •  Number of foreign visitors: 350,000 per day.
  •  Over 135,000 hotel rooms will be available within 50km of the Olympic Park, up from 120,000 presently.
  •  There will be 9.6million tickets for sale – 8million for the Olympics and 1.6million for the Paralympics.
  •  Organisers say 75 per cent of all tickets will cost less than £50 and offer free travel on London transport.
  •  A sell-out rate of 82 per cent for the Olympic Games and 63 per cent for the Paralympics is estimated.
  • Tickets for the athletics will start at £15 and there will be 20,000 £10 tickets for the Olympic Park to watch.
  •  The village will be converted into 3,600 apartments, most of them will be affordable housing.
  •  After the Games four arenas would be ‘deconstructed’ and relocated to other parts of the UK along with the swimming pools that are used for water polo and the 50m training pools.
  •  Charities will be given the sports equipment used in the Games for free.
  •  80 per cent of athletes would be within 20 minutes of their events and 97 per cent of athletes within 30 minutes of their events.
  •  9,000 new homes will be built.
  •  93 per cent of training venues are to be within 30 minutes of the athletes village.
  •  There are 9,000 planned park and ride spaces to be made available at Ebbsfleet where spectators can board a 10-minute javelin service to the Olympic Park. This is the same station where continental spectators travelling by Eurostar will join the javelin to the Olympic Park.
  •  It is predicted that on event days 78 per cent of spectators are likely to travel from within London and 22 per cent from the rest of the UK and Europe.
  •  Value of tourism benefit: an additional £2.1 billion.
  •  The London economy is projected to grow by $80 billion by 2015.
  •  The Games are projected to generate 12,000 new jobs in the Olympic Park.
  •  31 competition venues will be utilised.
  •  There will be 60-70 London 2012 sponsors.
  •  10km of new roads will be built.


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