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10 things you didn’t know about the Winter Olympics

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Australian ski cross Winter Olympic athlete Sami Kennedy-Sim trains on August 24, 2017, at Mount Hotham, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

It’s all about the numbers! Dazzle your friends and startle your enemies with your Winter Olympics knowledge by learning these fast facts.


161 km/h - The speed record set by French skier Johan Clarey in men's downhill skiing. That’s close to the top speed of a regular train!

Johan Clarey of France skis during the first practice of the FIS Alpine World Cup Men's downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on January 16, 2018. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

5 - The number of athletes that have won medals in both the summer and winter Olympic Games. Of those, Eddie Eagan is the only person with gold medals in both Olympics: one for boxing in 1920 and one for 4-man bobsled in 1932.

American Olympic boxer Eddie Eagan (1897-1967, right) sparring with the Marquess of Clydesdale (Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton, 1903-1973), circa 1925. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

19.1- kilograms The weight of each curling rock, or stone. All of them are made from special granite that comes from Scotland.

Team Canada skip Brad Gushue takes part in a team practice at the Men's World Curling Championships in Edmonton, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

8 - The number of times their own body weight a figure skater absorbs when they land a jump. How do we know? Scientists studying sports injuries put sensors in ice skates to find out.

Patrick Chan, from Toronto, performs a jump during a men's figure skating practice February 11, 2010, at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

586 - grams The weight of a gold medal for the 2018 Winter Olympics — the heaviest in Olympic history. That’s about the same weight as a pair of running shoes.

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic gold medal is unveiled at a ceremony in Seoul on September 21, 2017. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

7 - seconds That’s about how long a ski jumper is in the air. But in that time they can travel as much as 250 metres — longer than 2 football fields!

Canada's Trevor Morrice makes his trial jump during the ski jumping large hill final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, February 15, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

4 metres - Olympic hockey rinks are 4 metres wider than NHL ones. The goal lines and blue lines are different too, with shorter offensives zones and a longer neutral zone. Players used to North American rinks have to quickly get used to the international rules in the Olympics.

People watch a hockey game at Kwandong Hockey Center in Gangneung, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

49 metres - The height of the ramp for the big air competition in snowboarding. That’s as tall as the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris! Snowboarders zoom down the ramp and into the air to perform their best and most difficult tricks.

Laurie Blouin of Canada competes in qualifying of the FIS Snowboard World Cup 2018 Ladies' Big Air during the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on December 8, 2017 in Copper Mountain, Colorado. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

50 metres - The distance competitors run in the skeleton competition before jumping on their sleds. It’s to build up speed before hurtling down the icy course. Skeleton sleds can go over 130 km/h and athletes have to ride them headfirst with no brakes!

Canada's John Fairbairn jumps on to his sled at the Sanki Sliding Centre during the Men's Skeleton final at the Sochi Winter Olympics, February 15, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

4 - The number of heating pads spectators at the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang will get to ward off the expected chill: one for their hands, one to sit on, and a pair for their feet.

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