By the Numbers: Competition and the Olympics

By Contributor – August 7, 2012

AFM concludes its coverage of the FITTEST just as the world begins to watch the Olympics, so it seemed fitting to find some facts that take a look at the competitive spirit.

3
Number of continents that have never hosted the Olympic Games

1900
Year that women were first allowed to participate in the Olympic events

50
World record for most pull-ups in one minute, held by both Jason Petzold and Matthew Bogdanowicz (USA)

2.7
Cost of hosting the the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, in billions
of dollars

748
Estimated number of calories burned by Michael Phelps in one hour of swimming during the 2008 Olympics

34
Age of Melanie Johnstone, the youngest runner
to complete 100 marathons

8,000
Number of perforations in the Olympic torch, one for each of the 8,000 torchbearers

300
Average distance in meters a Torchbearer carries the Olympic flame in 2012

110
Distance in miles per day
that the Olympic flame will travel from Olympia, Greece, to London

40
Number of chin-ups ever performed in one minute, accomplished by Robert Natoli in 2006

10,000
Amount of coordinated movements the eye muscles make in one hour while reading a book

22
Percent of schools in the U.S. that don’t require kids to take any P.E.

8.8
Amount of tickets for Olympic events, in millions

10,000
Number of athletes participating in the 2012 Olympic Games

1908
First year that London
hosted the Olympics

85
Percent of volunteer youth sports coaches whose children play on their teams

60
Percentage of the U.S. population that does not
exercise regularly

17
Hours needed for Roger Allsopp, 70, to become the oldest man to swim the English Channel

10,507
Record number of push-ups performed non-stop, by Minoru Yoshida in 1980

73
Age of the oldest women, Tamae Watanabe,
to climb Mount Everest

25
Percent of total muscle mass lost by age 65 by adults who do not use resistance training in exercise

20
Difference in calories burned holding onto the rails of a treadmill versus letting go,
in percentage

12.2
Length in feet of the highest standing long jump ever recorded, performed by Norwegian Arne Tvervaag

8,300
Number of officials and coaches participating in the 2012 Olympic Games

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