From the one, single athlete from Paraguay, to the hundreds of dancers and performers to the thousands of volunteers, the Opening Ceremony at the Sochi Games can best be described numerically. Compare Slovakia’s 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara to the 25-foot high Polar Bear mascot. And how many Olympic rings are there? Here’s the Opening Ceremony by the numbers:
232 – Members of the Russian Olympic team in Sochi. It is the largest winter team ever assembled by any country. The host country traditionally marches last in the Opening Ceremony. Flag-bearer Alexander Zubkov leads his country's contingent.
3,500 – Approximate number of athletes and team officials who marched in the Parade of Nations, including Jamaica's flag-bearer and bobsledder Marvin Dixon. With his only teammate Winston Watts, Dixon received a warm reception from the crowd in Sochi.
2,999 – Performers in the Opening Ceremony show. They were selected from more than 10,000 who auditioned. The youngest performer to audition was 5; the oldest 67. Performers appear next to the Russian flag during the Opening Ceremony.
180 – Ethnic groups that make up Russia’s diverse population. The opening ceremony showcased Russia’s cultural diversity.
19,000 – Safety pins used to fasten identification bibs during auditions. If pinned end to end, they would span the length of 23 buses. Here, performers during the Natasha Rostova's First Ball segment of the Opening Ceremony.