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Education is Gold - 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics



A Beautiful Mind... And Body

Norway, the country with the most educated people, produces more gold-winning athletes than any of the top medal-producing countries in the world.

FACT: Norway's population is only 5 million - the smallest of the countries below.

Average Years educated

  • Soviet Union - 14 years
  • Sweden - 16 years
  • Switzerland - 16 years
  • Austria - 16 years
  • Germany - 16 years
  • Canada - 17 years
  • Finland - 17 years
  • United States of America - 17 years
  • Norway - 18 years

Gold Medals Won

  • Switzerland - 44 gold medals
  • Canada - 44 gold medals
  • Sweden - 48 gold medals
  • Austria - 44 gold medals
  • Germany - 70 gold medals
  • Soviet Union - 78 gold medals
  • Finland - 87 gold medals
  • United States of America - 87 gold medals
  • Norway - 107 gold medals

The Cost of Winter Olympics

With a budget of $51 billion - more than twice the amount they allocate to education in a year - Russia will be host to the most expensive Winter Olympics in history

FACT: Sochi is projected to cost 1,416% more than Torino's $3.6 billion. Check it out!

Let's compare some Winter Olympic budgets from the past:

  • 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City - $1.2 billion
  • 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver - $1.8 billion
  • 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino - $3.6 billion
  • 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi - projected $51 billion

Olympic Profiles

Shaun White

Age 27, USA
Sporting Event
Snowboarding
Education Level
High school - Carlasbad Seaside Academy
Olympic Medals
Gold - 2
Silver - 0
Bronze - 0

Shani Davis

Age 31, USA
Sporting Event
Men's speed skating
Education Level
University - Norther Michigan University
Olympic Medals
Gold - 4
Silver - 0
Bronze - 0

Mikaela Shiffrin

Age 18, USA
Sporting Event
Women's slalom skiing
Education Level
High school - Burke Mountain Academy
Olympic Medals
Gold - 1
Silver - 0
Bronze - 0

Crazy Neat Olympic Facts

Alpine Skiers

Astro-Skis
Alpine skiers subject their bodies to as much as 3.5 Gs. Astronauts only endure 3 Gs during a shuttle launch

Bobsledders

See Ya, Cheetah
Four-man bobsleds can exceed 93 mph or 150 kph - that's faster than a cheetah!

Hockey Players

Don't Blink
A goalie has less than 200 milliseconds to react to the puck. The average time for the human eye to blink is 350 milliseconds


Infographic Sources

www.blogs.howstuffworks.com/keep-asking/how-can-astronauts-withstand-high-g-forces/, www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sz.html, www.nytimes.com/2006/09/20/sports/othersports/20skate.html?pagewanted=2&ref=sports&_r=0, www.teamusa.org/Athletes/DA/Shani-Davis, www.alpine.usskiteam.com/athletes/mikaela-shiffrin, www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/more/news/20140126/sochi-olympics-nbc-super-bowl/, www.nineoclock.ro/2010-winter-olympics-record-attendance-in-vancouver/, www.popularmechanics.com/outdoors/sports/physics/4345010, www.prezi.com/k9l6bqurumre/the-physics-of-bobsledding/



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