Some Olympic stats.

vanc2010.jpgThe Olympics are in many cases, multiple Superbowls or World Cup events being staged at the same time. What does it take to produce all this?

Well, some stats being passed around on the production reveal it’s a huge undertaking, and I’m sure these stats don’t account for everything because those crews that come in always have to retrofit the stuff built out to “make it work right.”

It takes a lot of people power and equipment to produce the 835 hours of glitzy television coverage you’ll see in the coming 16 days.  While setting up for the big event, our NBC brethren compiled an impressive list of the sheer numbers involved in creating such a monumental 16-day broadcast.

900,000 gigabytes of HD video storage

400,000 feet of video cable

230,000 feet of audio cable (43 miles)

155,980 meals served in 16 days

79,707 square feet compound space at 19 venues

68,286 cups of coffee and tea

50,000 feet of triax cable

32 communication nodes

13,000 Two Way Radios

46,912 room nights in 15 hotels and 97 apartments

22,000 donuts

18,730 pounds of pasta ordered for the NBC commissary

15,000 blank videotapes

10,500 feet of fiber cable

10,000 archived video tapes

6,890 sets of Olympics schwag for the crew

2,500 color video monitors

2,168 NBC Olympic staff in Vancouver

835 hours of planned television coverage

800 hours of HD broadcast coverage at the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008

416 total hours of NBC coverage of the Torino Olympics, the previous record

385 laptop computers

200 video recorders and 100 video servers

127 printers

110 NBC cameras

51 HD video servers

28 NBC edit rooms

26 Semi trucks hauling equipment

5 Mobile units

1 Fixed-wing aircraft

1 helicopter ( I thought there is more..)

1st all-HD Olympic Winter Games

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