Olympics: by the numbers

The surprising stats at the Summer Games in London

It may be taking place thousands of miles away in London, but there’s no escaping the Olympics. The world’s biggest sporting event features more than 10,000 athletes from 204 countries competing in 39 disciplines across 26 events, which will be broadcast live to more than two billion people across the world.

For Dubaians, London 2012 couldn’t come at a better time: the Games will help to spice up the quiet summer months (at least between Friday July 27 and Sunday August 12), and the relatively small three-hour time difference between Dubai and London means that we needn’t change our sleeping patterns too much to catch the action.

As well as rounding up the key events to watch, where to watch them and our tips for Olympic glory, we’ve emulated the UAE’s athletes by trying some of the eight events in which they’re taking part – all in the course of a single day (why? We like a challenge). So, without further ado, let the Games begin!

8.8 million Olympic tickets

2 million Paralympic tickets

10,500 Olympic athletes

4,200 Paralympic athletes

2,300 Paralympic team officials

7,500 Olympic team officials

26 Olympic sports

39 disciplines

20 Paralympic sports

21 disciplines

302 Olympic medal events

500 Paralympic medal events

21,000 members of the media will be covering the Games

5,000 Paid employees of the London 2012 Organising Committee

8,000 torchbearers have run with the Olympic flame across the UK

357 football pitches make up an equivalent area to that of the Olympic Park

More than 14 million meals will be served during the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, in 40 locations

2,000 newts have been relocated from the Olympic Park to the Waterworks Nature Reserve

53m The height of the Olympic Stadium – which is 3m taller than Nelson’s Column

8.35km The total length of waterways within or close to the Olympic Park – equivalent to 167 lengths of an Olympic-size (50m) swimming pool

More than 2000km of electrical cables – enough to stretch from London to Nottingham – were put into two 6km tunnels built under the Olympic Park. This has enabled 52 pylons in and around the park to be taken down

Five jumbo jets could fit, wing to wing, inside the International Broadcast Centre

3,000 plants have been planted in the Olympic Park’s wetland areas

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