Winter Olympics - Vancouver factbox

Reuters - Mon, 01 Mar 10:01:00 2010

Interesting facts and figures about the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

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OWN THE OLYMPICS

Canada's 'Own the Podium' campaign paid dividends. Their table-topping 14 gold medals set a new Olympic record for the highest number won in a single Games.

SWITCHED ON

Canada's men's Olympic ice hockey 5-3 group defeat to the United States became the most-watched sports programme in Canadian history with 10.6 million viewers - over a third of the country's population.

OLYMPIC FIRST

Continuing the TV trend, Vancouver's opening ceremony, the first to be held indoors, was the most-watched television event ever in Canada with an average of 13.3 million viewers.

MEDAL BREAKERS

The United States set a new record for the highest total of medals won at a single Olympic Winter Games with 37. Germany had set 36 at Salt Lake City in 2002.

NORWAY'S 100th

Tora Berger's first Olympic gold medal in the women's 15km individual event marked Norway's 100th gold at a Winter Games, making them the first country to reach the landmark.

OH YES FOR OHNO

American Apolo Anton Ohno became his country's most decorated Winter Olympian at the Vancouver Games, surpassing speedskater Bonnie Blair.

The bandana-clad short track skater is also the sport's most successful athlete with eight medals.

FINNISH FLASH

Finland's Teemu Selanne became the all-time leading scorer in Olympic ice hockey at the Vancouver Games.

The 39-year-old broke the record in a group game with Germany and was handed the puck as a memento. He has 20 goals and 17 assists during Olympic competition.

DUTCH GOLD

Nicolien Sauerbreij's gold medal in the women's snowboarding parallel giant slalom handed the Netherlands a first Winter Olympics gold outside speedskating and figure skating.

It also marked her country's 100th gold medal in Summer and Winter Games.

CANADIAN CURSE

Freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau became the first Canadian to win Olympic Gold at home with victory in the men's moguls, breaking a curse that had plagued both of their previous Games staged in Montreal (Summer 1976) and Calgary (Winter 1988).

STEADY GERMANS

Germany were the only nation to win a medal in every day of competition at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

COST

The Vancouver Games had an operating budget of C$1.75 billion (1.1bn). The figure does not include the C$900 million (565m) security budget, funded mostly by the Canadian federal government.

VISITORS

Some 5,000 athletes and officials and 10,000 members of the media have descended on Vancouver and Whistler for the Games, as well as tens of thousands of spectators.

Reuters

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