People have said that the Opening Ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympics were the most spectacular of all time.
Sixty-eight thousand people didn’t show up for the opening ceremonies, and several countries sent smaller-than-usual delegations, but the games themselves will be lively.
Now that the Olympics have started, here are some fun facts to share at your evening watch parties.
(Parties to watch the Olympics in the evening are common, right?)
How many athletes are participating in the Olympics?
On the Olympic website, there is a list of 11,656 athletes, from the Norwegian cyclist Katrine Aalerud to the Polish gymnast Sylwia Zyzanska (a Polish archer).
Hend Zaza, a Syrian table tennis player, is only 12 years old, which makes him the youngest Olympian. Australian horse riders Mary Hanna, 66, and Andrew Hoy, 60, are both in their 60s (62).
How many countries are participating in the Olympics?
There are athletes from 206 different countries at the games. Of those, 29 are on the IOC Refugee Olympic Team because they had to leave their home countries because of war or natural disasters.
The Russian Olympic Committee is sending 335 athletes, but they won’t be representing “Russia.” Instead, they will go by the abbreviation “ROC,” since using the full name would be against the rules.
Due to the widespread doping scandal, the Olympic Committee flag will be flown and displayed instead of the Russian flag. This flag has three flames above the Olympic rings.
How many events and medals are there at the Olympics?
At the Olympics, there are 339 events in 33 different sports.
There will be about 5,000 medals in total, including gold, silver, and bronze. There are 47 medal events in track and field. Here, the number of medals won is written down.
Which country has the largest contingent of Olympic athletes?
The United States has the most Olympians at the games, with 657. Japan, which is hosting the games, has the next most, with 615.
At the Opening Ceremonies, both Sue Bird (basketball) and Eddy Alvarez (baseball) carried the American flag.
Which country has the smallest contingent of Olympic athletes?
Andorra, Bermuda, Brunei, Central African Republic, Dominica, Lesotho, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Nauru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Somalia, South Sudan, and Tuvalu are some of the countries that have only sent two athletes to the Olympics this year.
Which Olympic event features the most athletes?
Track and field has the most athletes at the Olympics. It has 2,176 athletes from 200 countries competing in 47 different sports.
Which Olympic event features the fewest athletes?
Only 19 Olympians competed in the sport of BMX freestyle cycling.
Which Olympic sport has the most Americans competing?
Track and field has the most American athletes of any Olympic sport (158).
Which Olympic sport has the fewest Americans competing?
Nevin Harrison was the only American who took part in the canoe sprint. This was more than any other Olympic sport.
Team handball and field hockey are the only sports in which U.S. citizens do not compete at any level.