If you’ve been reading along on the blog, you already know how excited I am that 2016 is an Olympic year.  The summer games will take place in Brazil, and start in just 52 days (not that I’m counting).

Have you been following Team USA and the athletes that have been qualifying for the games?  There are still a few more qualification events taking place, but most of the athletes have already been selected, for the USA and many other countries as well.

As I’ve been reading about these qualifications, I’ve come across a few fun Olympic facts that I thought you might be interested in as well:

  1. The 2016 Rio Olympics will take place from August 5 -21 in Rio de Janeiro.
  2. At least 10,500 athletes from 206 different countries will take part in the Summer Olympics 2016.
  3. Competitions in 42 different sports will be held over a period of 17 days.
  4. A total of 301 gold medals are to be won at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
  5. As of June 7th, 186 countries have already qualified 9,405 athletes for the games.
  6. The number of athletes qualified by each country varies widely:
    • Eleven countries have qualified more than 250 athletes each
    • 60 countries have less than 5 athletes

Number of Athetes representing each country


Countries that participate in the Olympics are represented by their national flags during the opening and closing ceremonies and on the podiums when they win a gold, silver or bronze medal.

And you know I’m all about team colors, so I’ve been taking a good look at the countries national flag colors, and have learned the following.

7. The most common colors in the participating country’s national flags are red, white and blue, followed by yellow, green and black.

8. Only 14 national flags contain colors other than those 6 colors, using Orange, Brown, Copper, Gray, Maroon and Purple.


Here’s a graphic that looks at how often each color is used in the national flags of the Olympic countries:

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I’d love to know if you are looking forward to the summer Olympics like I am.

Do you have a favorite sport?

A favorite athlete or two?

Or maybe a favorite country you’ll be cheering on?

Comment below and let me know!


See you next week!

8 Fun Facts About Countries Participating in the Olympics