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Count me in: The London Olympics by the numbers

The London Olympics this summer is big, big, big by any measure. Here are a few numbers from Olympic organizers that put the July 27-Aug. 12 event into perspective.

THE GAMES THEMSELVES:

— 10,500 athletes from 205 national Olympic committees

— 26 sports; 39 disciplines

— 34 venues around the U.K.

— 302 medal events

— 8.8 million tickets

— 21,000 media and broadcasters

THE TORCH:

— 8,000 torchbearers to carry the flame across Britain and Ireland

— 8,000 miles (12,785 kilometers ) : Length of the torch relay

— 300 meters: Average distance each torchbearer has the flame

— 95 percent: Portion of the U.K. population within 10 miles (16 kilometers) of the flame

THE PUBLIC:

— 1 billion visitors to london2012.com

— 14 million meals to be served at the games

— 70,000 volunteers

— 2,012 official pin badge designs

— 28 "Olympic live sites" across nation with big screen televisions

— 203,000 pieces of luggage leaving Heathrow on Aug. 13, the day after the Olympics end

EQUIPMENT

— 1 million pieces of equipment

— 600 basketballs

— 541 lifejackets (canoeing, marathon swimming, rowing, sailing, and triathlon)

— 510 adjustable hurdles for track events

— 356 pairs of boxing gloves

— 99 training dolls for wrestling and judo

— 53 sets of lane ropes for swimming

ATHETES VILLAGE

— 45,000: number of meals served there per day

— 165,000: number of towels

— 22,000: number of pillows

SECURITY

— 12,000 police officers on duty on the busiest days

— 23,700 security personnel, not including police