Gr8test Show on Earth; It's the Olympics Numbers Game

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Gr8test Show on Earth; It's the Olympics Numbers Game


29 The 2008 Games are the 29th of the modern era starting back at Athens in 1896.

8 A lucky number in China and that's why the opening ceremony is at 8pm Beijing time on 8/8/8.

17 Days of superb sport at what's been called The Greatest Show On Earth.

41,875 Tonnes of twisted steel in the stadium superstructure.

3.5bn TV viewers who will watch the opening ceremony, which includes performances by Celine Dion and Sarah Brightman.

pounds 80bn The estimated cost of public works, including new roads, subways and athletic facilities, for the Olympics. By contrast,pounds 7 billion was spent on Athens 2004. London plans to spend pounds 8 billion for the 2012 Olympics.

37 Venues to be used, including 12 new arenas.

1st Amputee to qualify for the Olympic Games since 1936 - South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, five times gold medallist at the Athens Paralympics in 2004. Natalia Partyka - born without a right forearm - competes in table tennis for Poland.

9 British golds at Athens 2004.

18 Record for the most Olympic medals ever won is held by Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina between 1956-1964 - nine gold, five silver and four bronze. She also tops the list of gold medals winners.

77F Average temperature in Beijing in August.

9 New events, including two from the new BMX cycling discipline; Women's 3000m steeplechase; marathon swimming events for men and women, over 10k.Team events (men and women) in table tennis will replace the doubles events. In fencing, women's team foil and women's team sabre will replace men's team foil and women's team epee.

28 Different sports (with 34 disciplines): aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, canoe/kayak, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, softball, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling.

2750 Hours of sport to be broadcast by the BBC.

pounds 25m Bets to be made in the UK.

41 Medals target for Team GB - including 10+ golds.

5 Mascots represent the Beijing Games, including four animals - Beibei the fish, Jingjing the panda, Yingying the Tibetan antelope, Nini the swallow and Huanhaun the Olympic flame. When the first syllables of the mascots are put together, it creates Bei Jing Huan Ying Nin, which means "Welcome to Beijing" in Chinese. …

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