DataConsulting’s Coffee Corner – Olympic Trivia


Olympic trivia

If you are suffering from the end of the Olympics:

a) Get out of the house and get active

b) Enjoy some Olympic trivia. Hope you like these unreferenced “facts”

  • Although the USA headed the official medal table (listed in order of most gold medals), alternative tables have been analysed. Kirani James of Grenada won Gold in the 400m on the athletics track bringing home the country’s only Olympic medal. If the medal table took into account population or GDP, Grenada would be on top of the table. View the alternative medal table map here.
  • London’s venue plan is being used as a blueprint for future Olympics. Of the 34 London Games venues, only eight are permanent new-build structures and will be scaled down, including the 80,000-seat Olympic stadium which can be reduced to seat 25,000. Rio intends to build only nine permanent sites and six temporary venues, according to bid proposals sent to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  • The medal ribbon is coloured pink because it is not used in any nation’s flag.
  • In taekwondo, the referees speak Korean.
  • The medals awarded in London are the heaviest for any Summer Olympics weighing 375-400g. The gold medal is 92.5 percent silver and 1.34 percent gold. Copper fills out the rest. The silver medal is 92.5 percent silver and the rest is copper. The bronze medal is 97.0 percent copper, 2.5 percent zinc and 0.5 percent tin.
  • The Philippines has won the most Olympic medals without ever winning a gold.
  • Mo Farrah, Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Steve Redgrave all share the same birthday.
  • Your Olympic athlete body match. Try out the BBC app to find your Olympic athlete body match.
  • In 2004, DataConsulting’s Robin Clough competed in the same triathlon as gold medalist Alistair Brownlee. Alistair finished first in 54 minutes 43 seconds while Robin finished in 46th position (full info here)

(Infographic source: London Time Out)

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