Did you know? Interesting facts & figures surrounding PyeongChang 2018

PyeongChang 2018, the second Olympics held in Korea since Seoul 1988, was the largest Olympic Winter Games to date, surrounded by some interesting numbers:

  • A record number of 2,920 athletes from 92 countries (NOCs) participated in PyeongChang 2018 in 102 medal events.
  • The percentage of female athletes was a record-high of 41.5% (1,212).
  • The USA sent 242 athletes to the Games, setting a record for the largest delegation of Olympic athletes from one NOC at a Winter Games.
  • 146 athletes from Korea, the host nation, participated in all 15 disciplines, setting its own record. This is three times higher than in Vancouver (5 disciplines, 46 athletes) and twice the amount of athletes that competed in Sochi (6 disciplines, 71 athletes).
  • Six countries participated in the Winter Olympics for the very first time: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore
  • A total of 14,545 volunteers from 66 nations participated in PyeongChang 2018. The oldest volunteer was aged 87, the youngest was 17.
  • During Games-time 31 heads of state and government officials from 26 countries, along with UN Secretary General and UN President of General Assembly visited Korea.
  • 79 broadcasting companies from around the world sent 11,462 staff to cover the Games, and 2,654 reporters from media outlets of 51 countries reported about the Olympics to the world from PyeongChang.

    Source: PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee