1. The Sochi Games, with 11 venues and a $51 billion price tag, were the most expensive Olympics ever.
2. The gold medals handed out at Sochi were made up of 516 grams of silver and only 6 grams of gold. The Russian government promised a staggering $122,000 for each gold medallist; the U.S. gave $25,000 to its gold medallists in London.
3. Twelve new events debuted at the Sochi Olympics including women's ski jumping.
4. Bjorn Daehle of Norway, the most decorated Winter Olympic athlete, has 8 golds and 4 silvers.
5. Snow machines, imported from Finland, were on standby just in case the subtropical Sochi climate didn't comply.
6. The only athlete to win gold at the summer and winter Olympics was Eddie Eagen, who was the champion in boxing at the 1920 Antwerp Games and in bobsledding at the 1932 Lake Placid Games.
7. The American bobsleds, covered in carbon fiber, were built by BMW.
8. The richest winter athlete is Shaun White who was worth $20 million when the Vancouver Olympics opened.
9. An airplane crash in 1961 killed 18 American Olympians who were preparing to compete in the 1964 Tokyo Games.
10. The Olympic torch had 14,000 bearers, was carried over 65,000 kilometres, through 2900 cities, in 123 days.
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