The beginning of the Winter Games is almost upon us – are you as excited as we are? As you know, we here at Information Builders love data! So, to get ready for 17 exhilarating days of competition, we took a closer look at what the data says about past Winter Games.
We found that a lot has changed since these games started, 94 years ago. In fact, only 292 athletes competed in the first Winter Games, and only 11 were female participants. Today, there are a total of 2,952 athletes competing and almost half are female. And, did you know that before the Winter Games existed, figure skating and men’s ice hockey were actually part of the Summer Games?
Here are a few other fun pieces of data we uncovered about the Winter Games:
- 44 countries have won at least one medal at the Winter Games (Source: Los Angeles Times)
- The U.S. has been the second-most successful nation at the Winter Games, earning a total of 282 medals. Norway is in first place with 329 (Source: Time Magazine)
- The Winter Games have been held in 19 cities – The U.S. has hosted four times, which is more than any other country (Source: WorldAtlas)
- 76 percent of U.S. homes with TVs tuned into the 2014 Winter Games coverage on NBCUniversal networks (Source: NBC)
- The torch will cover 1,200 miles by plane, ship, train, sailboat, robot, zip wire, cable car, and bike and take more than 100 days to get to this year’s Winter Games (Source: Fortune)
- 7,500 torchbearers will carry the torch along its journey this year (Source: Fortune)
- This year’s games will be the first Winter Games held in Asia that take place outside of Japan (Source: Fortune)
- This year’s games feature 102 events in 15 sports – making it the first Winter Games to surpass 100 medal events (Source: Los Angeles Daily News)
- Four new events in existing sports are being introduced to this year’s Winter Games: big air snowboarding, mixed doubles curling, mass start speed skating, and mixed team alpine skiing (Source: BBC)
- Six nations are scheduled to make their Winter Games debut: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Singapore (Source: NBC)
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