The Devil's in the Details: 2012 Olympics, by the Numbers

Think your kids eat a lot after swim lessons? Imagine if they were Olympic athletes. Now imagine there are 10,500 of them, and you’re starting to get the scope of what the chefs at London’s Olympic Village are up against.

Here’s a look at just a few of the important details being managed for the 2012 Olympics: the Olympic Village grocery list, exactly how many people are involved, and — wait — how many condoms?

2: Number of times London has previously hosted the Olympics (1908 and 1948). (

9: Number of special-edition Olympic Lego minifigures that I really, really want. The minifigs, representing Great Britain’s team, were released July 1 and are only available in the U.K. (BuzzPatrol)

62: Approximate cost, in US Dollars, to buy a complete set of the Olympic minifigs on eBay. (eBay)

0: Actual number of Olympic Lego minifigs I will own. (my wallet)

17: Number of days the Olympics will be held, from the Opening Ceremony July 27, to the Closing Ceremony August 12. The Paralympic Games will be held in the same venues August 29 to September 9. (London2012)

0.5: Billions of British Pounds (approximately $775 million in USD) the cash-strapped nation has left in the £9.3 billion Olympic budget after coming in “under budget.” This is only under budget if you ignore the fact that £9.3 billion is more than twice the figure initially projected when the city bid on the 2012 games back in 2005. (Reuters)

36: Number of Olympic sports in the 2012 games. (

304: Number of Olympic events at the 2012 games. (

30: Number of venues for Olympic events for the 2012 games. (

204: Number of nations expected to participate in the 2012 Olympics in London. (

147: Number of nations expected to be represented in the 2012 Paralympics in London. (

10,500: Estimated number of athletes expected to complete. (London2012)

70,000: Number of volunteers, called “Games Makers,” helping at the Olympics and/or Paralympics. (Telegraph)

568: Weight, in pounds, that U.S. Olympic weightlifter Sarah Robles can lift, as the highest-ranked weightlifter, male or female, in the United States. (buzzfeed)

400: Monthly stipend, in dollars, that Sarah Robles survives on, because apparently nobody wants to give a sponsorship to a 275-pound woman weightlifter. (buzzfeed)

150,000: Number of condoms to be distributed in the Olympic Village by the London Olympic Games Organizing Committee (LOGOC). (Daily Mail)

15: Average number of condoms distributed, per athlete. Assuming the athletes are all hooking up with other athletes, that means 30 condoms per couple. Talk about endurance! WTG, athletes. (Daily Mail)

25,000: Number of loaves of bread that will be served at the Olympic Village cafeteria. The grocery list also includes 232 tons of potatoes, more than 82 tons of seafood, 31 tons of poultry items, more than 100 tons of meat, 75,000 liters of milk, 19 tons of eggs, 21 tons of cheese, and more than 330 tons of fruit and vegetables. I hope they have a membership to Costco or something. (

12,000: Number of calories per day swimmer Michael Phelps was reported to have eaten while training for the 2008 Olympics, a quantity he denied later in an interview with Ryan Seacrest. “It’s a myth,” said Phelps. (usatoday)

6,000: Number of calories per day recommended for a heavyweight Olympic rower, as detailed by Britain’s National Health Service. Oh, is that all? (NHS)

250,000: Number of red, white, and blue rain ponchos at the ready in case it rains during the Olympics. (msnbc)

1,000,000: Number of thin but “really, really deep” holes that have been drilled into the turf of Greenwich Park, Britain’s oldest royal park, to make sure there is no standing water on the 5.7 kilometer cross-country equestrian course. (msnbc)

16,500: Possible number of British armed services personnel being deployed to provide security for the Olympic games. The number was previously lower until an additional 3,500 British Army soldiers were added to the tally, after private security firm G4S failed to come up with the full 13,700 security guards it was contracted to provide. (The Guardian)

9,500: Number of British service members currently deployed in Afghanistan. (The Guardian)

(Photo Credit: BuzzPatrol)

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