We (the whole entire world and viewers of NBC) have been inundated with Olympic coverage. From Live Streaming of ALL events to the proliferation of the internet and internet / social media enabled devices, everyone has the opportunity for Olympic overload. Don’t believe me? Check out these stats.
- Estimated 70% of the world population will view at least some part of the Olympics at least once.
- More Olympic Tweets were recorded the first day on twitter than all of the 2008 Olympics.
- If one were to try and watch all streamed events – It would take one person 230 continuous days of watching to see everything.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed watching many of the sporting events and my kids certainly have the Olympic Spirit. But as time went by I found myself watching less and less and listening to the “spoiler” alerts more often.
So, how am I going to celebrate this historic event? The end of the Olympics?
How else than by providing you with some fun filled, off beat, and strangely alternative stats and events.
First Up – Tourists Bought lots of Services:
International visitors to London spent $700 million on their Visa accounts the first week of the Olympics. And mind you, this is just Visa data.
The largest spending category, $133.7 million solely on “Services”. Hmmmm just what kind of services are being purchased in London anyway? . . .
Relax, according to Visa, things such as jewelry and shoe repair and trips to the spa. Still, that’s a heck of a lot of massages and mud baths!
Next up – Olympic size paychecks:
So, how much do Olympic medalists earn for their medals? It depends on their country or local officials favorite past time.
- Singapore pays gold medal winners $780,000.
- The USA $25,000
- Great Britain $ 0.00 but you do get your mugshot on a stamp!
- In Australia you get the stamp and an upgrade to 1st class airline seats for the flight back home.
- In India, you can become an Olympic Coach!
So governor, you owe Mansur Isaev (Judo Champion) a million dollars.
Andrew Kam owns a Gold Mine and a Racket Club in Malaysia. He offered any Malaysian Athlete a Gold Bar worth #600,000 for winning the gold in Badminton.
Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia came in second. . .
Next Up – Security and Art:
Strangely, these are related.
- From British authorities admitting that they lost the keys to the stadium and had to change locks.
- To the general public allowed to test out an anti aircraft missile launcher.
- To a local graffiti artist going undercover planting his works of art around the city.
Perhaps this is what Mitt Romney meant when he said the Brits were not ready to host the Olympics.