#TrackSochi: Opening Ceremony By the Numbers


As you know, we love counting things at TrackVia. So, naturally, while we watched the Sochi Olympics opening ceremonies, we started counting all the different themes and oddities we could find; how many countries wore shorts into the opening ceremonies? You’ll never guess.

Two! Bermuda and the Cayman Islands both wore shorts into the opening ceremonies of the WINTER Olympics. Fitting.

How many teams took a flagrant “selfie?” Also two. Brazil and Chile both snapped some memories of themselves as they walked into Fisht Olympic Stadium. South America theme here?

How many sets of siblings are on the United States Olympic Team? Seven. Seven proud families trying to schedule enough time to watch ALL of the Olympians in the family. Must be a nice problem to have.

But we had to ask, “What are the odds of two siblings competing in the same Olympics?” Well, the chances of getting to the Olympics as an individual is roughly 1 in 1.25 billion. Yeah, with a “B”. The chances of two siblings? In the same Olympics? 1 in 10 Trillion. With a “T”.

Then we watched the Men’s 500M speed skating finals. More precisely, we watched twin brothers Michel and Ronald Mulder and the rest of the Dutch team put on a speed skating clinic by sweeping the podium in the event (the Dutch took gold, silver and bronze medals!). But back to the siblings — what are the chances two siblings would medal in the same Olympics? 1 in 1 Quadrillion. With a “Q”. Pretty fascinating!

Back to the opening ceremony… Have a look at some fun stats on what the athletes the did with their hands while marching into the stadium. Although not counted in the “waiving little flags” bucket, honourable (sic) mention goes to Team Canada, who were all sporting maple leaf mittens.

Take a look at some of the other things we counted. And shoot your comments to us on Twitter @trackvia using the hashtag #TrackSochi. Any guesses on which category the United States fell into?