Winter Olympics Facts


Laundry, propane devices, Donald Sutherland, the Squamish Indians: Here are 25 things you (probably) didn’t know about these Games.


It took some research to find 25 but I thought these were interesting.


1 Olympic Village athletes do their own laundry.

2 To be included, a sport must be practiced in at least 25 nations.

3 Torch bearers, who paid $350 for the propane devices, were able to keep them when they were done.

4 NBC’s coverage of the opening ceremony attracted 67.5 million viewers, 17 million more than the Turin Games four years ago.

5 NBC’s Olympic fanfare is called "Bugler’s Dream." Its conductor? John Williams. Its composer? Leo Arnaud.

6 Opening ceremony participant and narrator Donald Sutherland, who arrived in Vancouver on Tuesday evening from Los Angeles, is a winner of the Order of Canada, one of the nation’s highest honors.

7 Twenty-three U.S. team members are parents — six moms, 17 dads.

8 Overall, nearly 40% of participating athletes are women.

9 How steep is the men’s downhill? Its vertical drop is greater than the combined heights of the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building.

10 To demonstrate how icy downhill courses are, TV analyst Billy Kidd once glided down part of a run in hockey skates.

11 In a recent poll, almost 60% of Vancouver residents said that the Olympics are a waste of money that could’ve gone to more important things.

12 83% said the Olympics are designed to benefit the rich.

13 Vancouver is sometimes referred to as "Vansterdam" for its live-and-let-live views on marijuana.

14 Squamish Indians still lived in Stanley Park, the city’s most prominent landmark, until 1935.

15 "O Canada," one the world’s most stirring anthems, is believed to have been inspired by Mozart’s "Marsch der Priester" (March of the Priests).

16 Nikki Yanofsky, who belted out Friday’s jazzy rendition, is only in the 10th grade.

17 Eric Heiden, winner of five gold medals, is the team doctor for the U.S. speedskaters. His father, Jack, was also an orthopedic surgeon.

18 Figure skaters’ blades are a mere .15 inches thick, or about the diameter of a pencil eraser.

19 Six U.S. athletes have ties to the military; five are bobsledders.

20 At 463 pounds, the four-man sled weighs more than twice that of an average refrigerator.

21 U.S. halfpiper Shaun White was named for world champion surfer Shaun Tomson.

22 Only three cities put in bids for the 2018 Winter Games — Munich; Annecy, France; and Pyeongchang, South Korea — a clear sign of how economically challenging the Games have become.

23 Among the many ways the torch traveled on its 106-day journey: aboard a Zamboni.

24 U.S. skeleton team member Zac Lund was once suspended for using a banned hair replacement product. The drug has since been allowed. He is now bald anyway.

25 The youngest journalist covering the games is a 12-year-old Florida boy. ****************************************************************************************************************************************************************

Today’s Photo Gallery:

Hope you enjoyed the photos and are having a Great Sunday.




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9 Responses to Winter Olympics Facts

  1. Joe says:

    Cool facts and amazing pictures Bob, thanks!

  2. Grandma's says:

    Actually we have never heard Vancouver being called Vansterdam…but yes there is a live and let live view on marijuana. As for 60% of us not wanting the Olympics…that is very true. It took Montreal 30 years to pay off the debt from the 1967 Olympics. And yes, the money the Olympics is costing could have gone for things more pressing…housing for the homeless, schools, medical care. The powers that be were hoping the Olympics would boost Tourism…so I guess that’s why they wanted to showcase Vancouver. It really is a beautiful city…but with the world economic climate as it is now….I can’t see that happening.Awesome photos…Bob. Hope you are enjoying watching the games as much as I am. Hopefully Mother Nature will start to cooperate. Sounds like the weather should improve by Monday…..*fingers crossed*My WLS is a mess….don’t know what the heck I did wrong and am having a terrible time trying to fix it. The latest blog is at the very bottom…after a whole mess of repeats of my photo albums. Up top are a few older blogs….that take up the whole page from side to side. Very strange. Take Care

  3. Babblelot says:

    Very cool facts indeed. Now let me ask ya, you remember the movie Tron?Now don’t those luge guys look like Trons? (smile)I am hooked on watching IF the T an V is on. Can’t git nothin done!

  4. GreatGranny says:

    Very interesting facts. Good pictures too. Happy Valentines Day to y’all.

  5. Sue says:

    Super facts! Can’t wait for the regular figure skating events, although I haven’t watched the games as much as I normally do yet. Love the pics, especially the Luge ones. I know a lot of folks get "Olympiced out" with the games being every other year, but I still really like the winter ones and all the neat places they have them. I hope they never disappear.

  6. Beth says:

    Very interesting facts Bob!! Have a great day.

  7. Kat says:

    interesting facts thanks for sharing.

  8. maillady says:

    Awesome post! Thanks!

  9. Sandra says:

    Actually,the only thing i really didn’t know was that they could keep the torch. As for the luge, that’s to dangerous.Figure skateing’ i like that.

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