2016 Rio Olympics By the Numbers

With the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics set to begin on Friday, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its Rio 2016 Olympics By The Numbers Report to help fans both get fired up for the athletic action and better understand the unique issues surrounding this Olympiad.

This report includes an infographic filled with fun facts and stats about the Rio Games as well as a Q&A with a panel of leading experts on the socioeconomics of the extravaganza. You can find a few highlights below.

  • $11.5B – Estimated cost of hosting the 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • 85K – Security personnel will work the Rio Games – more than twice as many as the 2012 London Olympics.
  • 26K – Cases of Zika were reported in Rio in the first three months of 2016.
  • 32 Tons – Of dead fish will be removed from the rowing and canoeing lagoon before the water-based activities take place.
  • 16 Years: Age of the youngest members of Team USA, gymnast Laurie Hernandez and hurdler Sydney McLaughlin – both from New Jersey.

Team USA seeks to once again finish atop the medal count while 555 individual storylines play out, including those of a pair of 16-year-olds from New Jersey hoping to enjoy the sweetest of all celebrations. To help get you ready for all that Rio 2016 promises to offer, we compiled an awesome infographic filled with fun facts on every major aspect of the XXXI Olympiad, which you can find below. You can also check out our Q&A with a panel of leading experts on the socioeconomic issues underlying the event. Enjoy, and go USA!

For the full report, please visit:

2016 Rio Olympics
2016 Rio Olympics

Rick Limpert

Rick Limpert is an award winning Atlanta-based freelance writer, columnist, host of The Tech of Sports Podcast and best-selling author. He has covered sports, technology and events all over the world. His works have been featured on Yahoo Sports, Yahoo News, Examiner.com, nba.com and in Sports Illustrated.

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