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London Olympics By The Numbers: Athletes, Events & Torchbearers For 2012 Summer Games

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FILE This Monday April 16, 2012 file photo provided by LOCOG shows an aerial view of the Olympic Park showing the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, foreground and the Aquatics Center, white building at left. (AP Photo/Anthony Charlton/LOCOG)
FILE This Monday April 16, 2012 file photo provided by LOCOG shows an aerial view of the Olympic Park showing the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, foreground and the Aquatics Center, white building at left. (AP Photo/Anthony Charlton/LOCOG)

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

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