Performers in the opening and closing ceremonies (estimate): 3,000 | The performers are “young artists from middle and higher art and drama schools” chosen from auditions in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Novorossiysk and Armavir.
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Athletes participating in Sochi (estimate): 2,800 | The contingent heading to Russia includes three independent Olympic participants hailing from India, two members on the Jamaican bobsled team, and a luger from the South Pacific nation of Tonga.
Cost to build the Fisht Olympic Stadium (in millions of dollars): 600 | The 40,000-seater in Sochi’s Olympic Park will be the setting for the opening and closing ceremonies. After the Games, it will be used for Russian national soccer team matches and serve as one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
U.S. athletes competing in Sochi: 230 | Some of the notables include snowboarder Shaun White, Patrick Kane of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks, U.S. figure skating national champion Gracie Gold, Alpine skiing veteran Bode Miller, and track and field hurdler turned bobsledder Lolo Jones.
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Number of medal events: 98 | The U.S. and Canada are expected to be near the top of the medal standings with multiple golds expected in snowboarding. The latter is also a favorite to defend its Olympic men's and women's hockey titles from 2010. Norway, with a population of only 5 million, has a chance to top both countries in the overall medal count and will likely produce the bulk of its medals in cross-country skiing.
Countries participating: 88 | The U.S., Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Switzerland will send their largest Winter Olympics contingent ever to Sochi.
Cost of Sochi Games (in billions of dollars): 51 | Originally tabbed at $12 billion, the final price tag for the 2014 Games will shatter the $40 billion cost of Beijing 2008. Two December 2013 suicide bombings in Volgograd, which is a little more than 400 miles from Sochi, raised concerns about safety in the Black Sea coastal town. More than 37,000 police officers from around the country will patrol Sochi during the Games.
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New Olympic events: 12 | Women’s ski jumping will be contested in an Olympics for the first time, as will a team figure skating event. X Games viewers will also get a treat with the addition of slopestyle snowboarding and skiing to the Winter Olympics slate.
Average February temperature in Sochi (in Celsius): 9 | Any precipitation that falls during the first week of the Games is expected to come in the form of rain. Sochi will be the warmest city to ever host the Winter Games.
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