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2012 U.S. Olympic Team Fast Facts

July 10, 2012, 4:36 p.m. (ET)
Team USA by the Numbers
  • 530 athletes
  • Youngest: Katie Ledecky, 15, swimming
  • Oldest: Karen O’Connor, 54, equestrian
  • 50+ year olds: 4
  • 40+ year olds: 12
  • Average age: 27
  • Females: 269
  • Males: 261
  • Mothers: 13
  • Fathers: 54 
  • States represented (by hometown): 45
    • California leads the way with 128 athletes. States not represented: New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina and West Virginia.
  • Five-time Olympians: 7
    • Amy Acuff (track & field)
    • Phillip Dutton (equestrian)
    • Khatuna Lorig (archery)
    • Emil Milev (shooting)
    • Karen O’Connor (equestrian)
    • Danielle Scott-Arruda (volleyball)
    • Kim Rhode (shooting)
  • Four-time Olympians: 21
  • Most decorated female: Natalie Coughlin – 11 (three golds, four silvers, four bronzes)
  • Most decorated male: Michael Phelps – 16 (14 golds, two bronzes)
  • Siblings:
    • Alyssa and Haley Anderson (swimming)
    • Bob and Mike Bryan (tennis) – twins
    • Grant and Ross James (rowing) – twins
    • Diana and Steven Lopez (taekwondo)
    • Paige and Zach Railey (sailing)
    • Julia and Katie Reinprecht (field hockey)
    • Jessica and Maggie Steffans (water polo)
    • Serena and Venus Williams (tennis)
London 2012 Olympic Games by the Numbers
  • 26 sports, 39 disciplines
  • 302 medal events (162 men’s, 132 women’s, 8 mixed)
  • 34 venues
  • 8.8 million tickets
  • 10,490 athletes
  • 21,000 media
  • 19 competition days (including soccer)
  • 2,961 technical officials
  • 204 National Olympic Committees
  • 5,770 team officials
  • 200,000 members of the workforce, including more than 6,000 staff, 70,000 volunteers and 100,000 contractors
  • 5 sports have appeared in every modern Olympic Games (cycling, fencing, gymnastics, swimming, track & field)
Olympic Program Changes
  • Dropped sports: baseball, softball
  • Added sports: none
  • Added disciplines: women’s boxing, mixed doubles tennis
  • Track cycling program changes
    • New Olympic program (men and women): individual sprint, team sprint, keirin, team pursuit and omnium (omnium includes five races: 3‐kilometer individual pursuit, 200‐meter sprint, 1‐kilometer time trial, 15‐kilometer points race, 5‐kilometer scratch race)
    • Eliminated: men’s & women’s points races, men’s madison, men’s 4,000‐meter individual pursuit and women’s 3,000‐meter pursuit
London at a Glance
  • London becomes the first city to stage the Olympic Games three times (1908, 1948 and 2012). Athens and Paris have hosted the Olympic Games twice, and Lake Placid and St. Moritz have held the Olympic Winter Games twice.
  • London is the biggest city in Britain and Europe.
  • London occupies over 620 square miles.
  • In July 2010, Greater London had an official population of 7,825,200.
  • About 12.5 percent of Britain’s overall population lives in London.
  • The tallest building in London is the Canary Wharf Tower.
  • London was the first city in the world to have an underground railway, known as the Tube.
  • The City of London is the business and financial heart of the United Kingdom. It is also known as the Square Mile. It was the original Roman settlement (ancient Londinium), making it the oldest part of London and already 1,000 years old when the Tower of London was built.
  • London Heathrow Airport is the world's busiest airport by number of international passengers and the airspace is the busiest of any urban center in the world.
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