Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics by the numbers

Sochi 2014: Winter Olympics by the numbers
Friday, January 10, 2014 - 11:22am

The 22nd Winter Olympic Games open in Sochi, Russia, in less than a month. Here's a look at some key facts and figures related to what appears will be among the most expensive Olympics ever.

  • Cost: At least $50 billion, including infrastructure work in and around Sochi
  • Athletes: 6,000 from 85 countries (plus 1,650 Paralympians from 45 countries)
  • Sports: 15
  • Number of events: 89 -- of which 12 are new
  • Number of security officers deployed for the Games: 37,000
  • Number of U.S. athletes, coaches, staff and guests who have booked the services of crisis response company Global Rescue in case of emergency: 375
  • Days of competition: 17, plus the Opening Ceremony
  • Time the Opening Ceremony begins: 20:14 local time
  • Number of signatures on a petition by gay rights group All Out calling on Russia to eliminate "anti-gay laws," violence and discrimination against gay people: 404,139 as of November 5, 2013
  • Amount of borscht (beet soup) expected to be prepared and served during the games: 265,000 liters (70,000 U.S. gallons)
  • Average price of lunch for one at the Olympic Park: $15
  • Number of chefs, sous-chefs, cooks, waiters, bartenders and cashiers working the games: 7,000
  • Average temperature in Sochi in February: 8.3 Celsius (47 Fahrenheit) -- the warmest ever at Winter Olympics
  • Number of people the Olympic Park holds: 75,000
  • Number of volunteers helping with the Games: 25,000
  • Distance the Olympic torch will travel to the Games: 40,000 kilometers (nearly 25,000 miles), including into space, over 123 days
  • Expected television audience: 3 billion


Sources: CNN, Sochi Winter Olympic Games organizing committee, Russian Interior Ministry, Reuters

CNN's Tom Bouchier Hayes, Alla Eshchenko and Laura Smith-Spark contributed to this report.

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