Pyeongchang Winter Olympics by the numbers

By Jacob Rascon - Anchor-Reporter
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Fireworks explode to celebrate 100 days to go and the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics torch during a torch relay on November 1, 2017 in Incheon, South Korea.

NEW YORK - Today marks 100 days until the start of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics!

Here's a look inside the numbers of the 2018 Winter Games:


The Olympic Committee received approximately 91,000 volunteer applications for Peyongchang. They have 22,400 volunteer positions available; 1,150 of the applications came from Americans.


The Torch Relay will include 7,500 torchbearers. The relay theme is "let everyone shine" and will last until the Feb 9th opening ceremony.


Approximately 6,500 athletes from 95 nations and 6 continents will compete in PeyongChang.


The last time NHL players did not participate in the winter olympics. After disagreements between the NHL and the International Olympic Committee, the NHL decided not to adjust this season's schedule to allow NHL players to participate in PeyongChang, a move the NHL players association strongly condemned. USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean said despite the news, "Our player pool is as deep as it has ever been and we fully expect to field a team that will play for a medal."


The year the last and only other time South Korea hosted an Olympic Games. That year, when Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics, North Korea boycotted the games.


The year the Korean war between the North and South ended with a truce, or temporary pause in fighting. There was no peace treaty, and the countries are still technically at war.


The average elevation above sea level in PeyongChang is 700 Meters, which many South Koreans beleive is the "perfect location to live in unison with nature and culture." The city slogan translates to "Happy 700."


There are 547 days in between the Summer Olympic games in Rio in 2016 and the 2018 Winter Olympics in PeyongChang.


Total medals awarded during the last winter olympic games in Sochi in 2014, including 33 to Russia, who won the most; and 28 to Team USA, who earned the second-most medals.


Team USA will send approximately 245 athletes to PeyongChang, including: A maximum of 30 freestyle skiers. 26 snowboarders, 22 alpine skiers, 20 cross-country skiers, 20 speed skaters, 14 figure skaters, 10 curling athletes, 10 luge athletes, 8 ski jumpers, 6 skeleton riders and three bobsled crews. (Team USA sent 230 people to the Sochi Games).


PeyongChang will host 102 events (compared to 98 in Sochi), the most ever for a Winter Olympics. Two events from Sochi were eliminated (men's and women's parallel snowboard slolam), and six were added: Alpine Skiing Team event, Curling Coed Doubles, Snowboarding Men's and Women's Big Air, and Men's and Women's mass start speed skating.


The average Fahrenheit temperature in PeyongChang in February. Organizers are promising plenty of fresh powder, even if much of it may be fake. Snowfall in the region is variable.


For the first time in 19 years, the US bobsled team will compete without Steven Holcomb, the most decorated bobseldder in US history. At 37, he died suddenly May 2017 at training camp in Lake Placid. Fluid, alcohol and sleeping pills were found in his system.


The PeyonChang games will include 15 sports, the same as in Sochi: Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Ski jumping, Snowboarding, Biathlon, Bobsled, Curling, Hockey, Figure Skating, Luge, Nordic Combined, Speed Skating and Skeleton. 


PeyongChang will have 13 olympic venues in two areas: The PeyongChang Mountain Venues will host the skiing and sliding events, while the Gagneung Coastal venues will host the figure skating, hockey, curling and speed skating. All venues are within 30 minutes of each other and are expected to be completed well ahead of the games, unlike in Rio.


South Korea is expected to spend 13 billion dollars on the games, nearly four times as much as Sochi. Ninety percent of that money will go toward infrastructure: new roads, venues and a high-speed train that will take passengers from Seoul to the PeyongChang games in under an hour.


Set of siblings will compete with Team USA: Maia and Alex Shibutani are three time world championship medalist figure skaters/ice dancers. This will be their first Olympics. Also, two sisters are expected to be in PeyongChang on different hockey teams. Hannah Brandt should be suiting up for Team USA, while Marissa Brandt, who was adopted from South Korea as a baby, will be suiting up for the host country.


Number of competitors from North Korea qualified for/attended the last Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. It is not clear whether the communist country will send any athletes to PeyongChang, but at least two figure skaters have qualified to compete.

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