LONDON -- The London Olympics this summer is big, big, big by any measure. Here are a few numbers from Olympic organizers that put the July 27-Aug. 12 event into perspective.

THE GAMES THEMSELVES:

_ 10,500 athletes from 205 national Olympic committees

_ 26 sports; 39 disciplines

_ 34 venues around the U.K.

_ 302 medal events

_ 8.8 million tickets

_ 21,000 media and broadcasters

THE TORCH:

_ 8,000 torchbearers to carry the flame across Britain and Ireland

_ 8,000 miles (12,785 kilometers ) : Length of the torch relay

_300 meters: Average distance each torchbearer has the flame

_ 95 percent: Portion of the U.K. population within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of the flame

THE PUBLIC:

_1 billion visitors to london2012.com

_14 million meals to be served at the games

_70,000 volunteers

_2,012 official pin badge designs

_28 "Olympic live sites" across nation with big screen televisions

_203,000 pieces of luggage leaving Heathrow on Aug. 13, the day after the Olympics end

EQUIPMENT

_ 1 million pieces of equipment

_ 600 basketballs

_541 lifejackets (canoeing, marathon swimming, rowing, sailing, and triathlon)

_510 adjustable hurdles for track events

_356 pairs of boxing gloves

_99 training dolls for wrestling and judo

_53 sets of lane ropes for swimming

ATHETES VILLAGE

_ 45,000: number of meals served there per day

_165,000: number of towels

_22,000: number of pillows

SECURITY

_12,000 police officers on duty on the busiest days

_23,700 security personnel, not including police