Faculty Peer Reviewed
The summer games may be over, but we’re still entertained by the 2012 Olympics! Here are a few medicine-related fun facts about the London Games.
Demographics of Summer 2012 Olympics:
10,500 athletes, 70,000+ volunteers, 20,000 media and journalists, 10+ million spectators 
26 million dollars provided by the National Health Service (NHS) to build the state-of-the-art medical building in the Athletes’ Village for the Olympics 
500 people expected to use the medical clinic each day 
46 sports medicine doctors, 80 other specialists on call at the clinic 
95% of cases expected to be minor illnesses or injuries 
1055 injuries reported in 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, 72.5% of injuries occurred during competition 
11.2% of athletes in 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics reported injuries 
Top 10 biker in prior Olympics, British cross-country mountain biker suffered from a fractured ankle after falling on rocks during the race 
162 kg lift attempted by South Korean weightlifter, but athlete ended up with a dislocated elbow 
7th place in floor routine, World Champion gymnast Jordyn Wieber was found to have a possible stress fracture in her leg 
1364 food, swab, cloth, and water samples collected from London vendors to evaluate for good hygiene procedures in preparation for the Olympics. 8% of food samples and 52% of water samples were of unsatisfactory quality 
3-5% projected increased demand for medical care in London during the Olympics 22761253 
1100 cases of measles in England and Wales in the past year – thus, Americans were strongly encouraged to be vaccinated prior to traveling to Olympics 
Athletes and doping:
6.8% of young elite athletes admitted to doping in a 2010 anonymous survey, though doping tests only reveal 0.81% prevalence of doping 
3 cross country skiers at 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics found to have darbopoeitin in their urine. Their 8 medals were sanctioned 
5 athletes disqualified from 2008 Beijing Olympics for using a long-acting 3rd-generation EPO 
47,361 square feet of space for one new anti-doping laboratory in London, functioning 24 hours/day 
6000 blood and urine tests predicted to be carried out during London Olympics 
150 antidoping scientists carrying out the tests 
2 sports in London games in which beta blockers are prohibited: shooting and archery 
31-year-old shot-putter disqualified in London Olympics and stripped of her gold medal due to testing positive for the steroid metenolone 
23-year-old Syrian 400-meter hurdler disqualified from London Olympics for using stimulant methylhexaneamine 
73-kg-class, 23-year old American Judo competitor disqualified from London Olympics due to testing positive for marijuana 
23 athletes provisionally suspended, 7 athletes disqualified during London Olympic Games 
8 to 12,000 – number of calories reportedly consumed daily by Olympian Michael Phelps 
Tracy Liebman is a medical student (Internal Medicine), NYU Langone Medical Center
Peer Reviewed by Neil Shapiro, Editor-In-Chief, Clinical Correlations
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