By the numbers


2004 Olympics Let the games begin :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::


Sometimes something comes along to help in August, when, typically, nothing is going on. This time it is the 2004 Summer Olympics. It is something an entire family can watch without worry-and then maybe go out and try a few events for themselves, with softball and swimming probably better bets than boxing and the pentathlon. There are a number of numbers to know about the games.

44,000 Estimated number of spectators at an ancient Olympics.

2,000,000,000 Minimum worldwide TV audience expected for the Summer Games.

1,333 Number of hours of Olympic events broadcast by American networks for all four previous Summer Olympics.

1,210 Number of hours of Olympic events to be broadcast by American networks in 24-hour-a-day coverage this year.

0 Number of pieces of clothing worn by competitors in ancient Olympics.

1,200,000,000 Number of dollars to be spent on security at the 2004 Games. 852.5 Number of gold medals won by the United States in Summer Games.

42,195 Number of meters in a modern Olympic marathon competition.

28 Number of years Olympic athletes have been tested for anabolic steroids.

5 Number of events in a pentathlon (some of these numbers are easier than others. The events are shooting, fencing, riding, swimming and cross-country running.)

704.8 Record number of points in 50-meter prone rifle shoot, which is mentioned here because no one ever pays any attention to the 50-meter prone rifle shoot, and fair is fair.

39 Number of competing nations that have never won a gold medal at a modern Summer Olympics.

Zay N. Smith

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