The opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics begin this Friday kicking off another packed event with too much coverage to fully embrace it all. But according to WalletHub, it’s not all fun and game. Team USA is hoping to come out better this year after coming in fourth in total medals during the 2018 Winter Games. On top of that, the U.S. announced a diplomatic boycott over human rights abuses in China. All athletes will be able to compete, but government officials will be staying home. Russia is also re-naming their team to “Russian Olympic Committee” which is due to the large doping scandal leading to a ban on athletes officially representing their country. At any rate, it will be another fascinating event.
Below you’ll find facts and projections based on WalletHub, the International Olympic Committee, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Census Bureau, NBCUniversal, AdWeek, USA Today and other news reports.
- 1924: The year of the first Winter Olympic Games held in Chamonix. In 1994, the Winter Games were moved to be held in a different year than the Summer Games. This year marks the first time since 1992 that the Games will be held less than six months apart from each other.
- $3.9 Billion: Estimated budget of the Bejing Winter Olympics, which is 14 times less than the 2014 Sochi Olympics which was the most expensive Olympic Games ever.
- 17: Days of the event.
- 1: Mascot. Bing Dwen Dwen the Panda.
- 14: It’s been 14 years since the last Olympic Games in China. Beijing was the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics in 2008.
- 25: Venues in and around Beijing will be used with five of them being reused from the Summer Games.
- 91: Number of countries represented.
- 2.9 Million: Athletes are expected to attend this year’s Games. 45.44% of them are women making this year the most gender balanced Olympic Games in history. Also, 223 of them will be coming from America which is a record for any country. Over the years, seven Olympians have competed in both the Summer and Winter Games including Americans Lauryn Williams, Eddie Eagan and Edward Alvarez.
- 109: Whoa, this is record number of events presented in 15 sport disciplines. Seven of them are new: Women’s Monobob, Men’s and Women’s Big Air, Mixed Team Snowboard Cross, Mixed Team Aerials, Mixed Team Short Track Relay and Mixed Team Ski Jumping). Sadly, this is the second year in a row that NHL players were not alloswed to play in the Winter Olympics.
- 368: Winter medals won by Norway since the beginning. Team USA is next with 305 and Germany with 240.
- 18: The number of Olympics that have been covered by NBCUniversal and they will continue to do so through 2032 at least. 2.8k hours of coverage is expected to be shown across NBC, CNBC, USA and Peacock.
- 94: Length of Coca Cola’s sponsorship of the Games (which continues through at least 2032). Visa is also a champion of the games sponsoring for the last 36 years (and plans to continue through 2032).
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