How the 2012 Figures Add Up; COSTING around [Pounds Sterling]3.6billion and over a Decade in the Planning, the London Olympic Games Will Be One of the Biggest Events Ever Staged. More Than 16,000 Athletes from over 200 Countries around the World Will Take Part in 301 Different Events, across 33 Different Venues, in the 16-Day London 2012 Festival of Sport. Here, We Look at the Olympic Games in Numbers: Evening Standard Olympic Special

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Byline: SAM LYON

3 The number of Olympic Games cancelled. The 1916, 1940 and 1944 Games were cancelled because of the First and Second World Wars. It is also the number of times Britain has failed to win the Olympic Games: Birmingham failed in 1992, and Manchester in 1996 and 2000. This is the first time Britain has actually won the honour, having been asked to host the 1908 and 1948 Games.

6 grams of gold cover each Olympic Gold medal, while the silver medals must be made up of at least 92.5 per cent silver.

The last medals made completely out of gold were awarded in 1912. Although the medals are designed specifically for each Games by the host city, they must be at least 60mm in diameter and 3mm thick.

11 The number of gold medals won by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Britain's most successful Paralympian.

British Paralympians returned from Athens with 35 gold medals, helping Team GB to second in the overall medals table.

27 July 2012 The date of the spectacular [pounds sterling]18.7million opening ceremony in London's state-of-the-art 80,000-seater Olympic Stadium in Stratford. The [pounds sterling]12.5million closing ceremony will take place on 12 August.

776 BC The date of the first recorded ancient Olympics. Athletes competed in just one event: the stade. It was a unit of length, about 600ft long, and races run over that distance were also known as the stade. Since the track for the race was a stade in length, the location of the race became known as the stadium.

1948 The last time London hosted the Games. The 1948 event was the first to be broadcast on TV, and also saw first use of a photo finish. …


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