Olympic Almanac

The Official Flabbergasting TriviaTM of the 2002 Winter Games

Jan 2, 2002
Outside Magazine

Volume, in gallons, of Olympian urine that the University of California, Los Angeles, will test for illegal performance-enhancing substances: 20

Estimated number of potential Olympic visitors who will stay home because of terrorism fears, according to Thayne Robson, researcher with the University of Utah's business school: 300,000

Original retail price for the Green Gelatin Lapel Pin, a souvenir badge depicting a bowl of green Jell-O that honors Utah's status as the nation's leader in the dessert's consumption: $7

Market value of the pin among collectors: $150

Number of Utah public-school students who will be excused from classes during Olympic events because of security and safety concerns: 14,996

Number of free hamburgers expected to be consumed by athletes at the Olympic Village McDonald's outlet: 135,000

Pounds of kimchi imported by the Olympic Village kitchen for Korean athletes: 1,500

Total events in the "Donut Olympics" to be held February 8 to 24 at Salt Lake City's Tommie's Donuts: 5

Glazed donuts consumed in a two-minute period by the current "donut luge" champion: 9

Distance, in miles, from which a set of 160-foot-diameter Olympic rings—illuminated and mounted 6,000 feet high in Salt Lake City's Twin Peaks—will be visible each night of the Games: 10

Gallons of 2002 Unofficial Amber Ale expected to flow from the taps of Salt Lake City's Wasatch Brewing Company during the Games: 19,000

Minimum bid required by eBay seller for 18 nights' exclusive use of a 6,000-square-foot historic downtown mansion with four floors plus round-the-clock concierge service and a 2,200-square-foot entertaining area "ideal for hosting large groups of 60 or 70 people": $65,000

Damage deposit required: $20,000

Speed, in feet per second, that a bullet travels when fired by a Fortner .22 biathlon rifle: 1,100

Speed, in feet per second, that a bullet travels when fired by a National Guard regulation M-16 semiautomatic rifle: 3,300