Winter Olympics

February 12, 2010 · Filed Under General · 2 Comments 

Well, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver kick off tonight with the opening ceremonies. So, in keeping with the spirit of the games, I thought I’d share a bit of trivia for your contemplation.

  • NBC paid $820 Million for the broadcast rights to the games—34% more than they paid for the rights to broadcast the 2006 games.
  • The 2010 games are costing Canada $7.85 Billion, of which $1 Billion is for security alone. (What has happened to our world where so much security is needed for a “sporting” event? What is mankind becoming?)
  • The most profitable Olympics were held in Los Angeles in 1984, with $464 Million (today’s dollars) profit.
  • Rumors estimate the cost of the next winter games in Sochi, Russia at $33 Billion.
  • The most expensive Olympics were held in Beijing in 2008 where they dropped a cool $40 Billion. (I imagine much of that expense was for facilities that did not exist prior to the games).
  • The Royal Canadian Mint extracted gold, silver, and copper from 6.8 TONS of electronic trash headed for the landfill, to make 615 Olympic and 399 Paralympics medals.
  • Today’s Olympic Gold Medals are 92.5% silver (the rest copper), covered with 6 grams of gold plating.
  • The last all-gold medals were made for the winter Olympics in Stockholm—in 1912.

I hope these Winter Olympics are profitable for Canada, and I wish the best of luck to all the participants!

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