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Olympics by the Numbers

What’s the most amount of people you’ve ever had for dinner? Have you ever had to serve 1 billion visitors who will eat 14 million meals? The Olympic Athletes Village will be serving 45,000 means a day. The numbers of the 2012 London Summer Olympics are out of this world – yet they’re real!

When the games finally begin, remember this article and what it takes to make the Olympic magic happen!

How about the big McDonalds that they built? It will be the biggest McDonalds in the world. The fast food behemoth seats 1,500 fast food eaters and is 32,000 square feet. McDonalds expects to serve 14,000 diners a day for a total of 50,000 Big Macs for the duration of the games!! It takes 2,000 staffers with 20 cashier lines to feed hungry visitors at the Olympic McDonalds.

Food isn’t the only thing going down at the Olympics. 10,500 athletes will be participating in the games. That covers 26 sports, 302 medal events, 8.8 million tickets and 21,000 members of the media to cover the games.

What does it take to run the basketball events at the Olympics? How about 600 basketballs! The water events require 541 lifejackets. What else? 356 pairs of boxing gloves, 510 adjustable hurdles for track events, 99 training dolls for wrestling and judo and 53 sets of land ropes for swimming. Whew!

It can’t be easy to protect the 1 billion visitors expected to visit London this summer. 12,000 police officers will be on duty during the games, assisted by an additional 23,700 security officials.

When the games finally begin, remember this article and what it takes to make the Olympic magic happen!

OCA News Editor

Christian Bright is a professional sports commentator with keen interests in football, tennis and horse racing. His experience in the reporting on professional sports makes him a key asset to OCA’s coverage of athletic events and matches.

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