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RioThe eyes of the world will be on Rio tonight for the Opening Ceremonies of the first Olympic Games to be held in South America.

Ready for some fun stats:

17,000 — Number of Olympic athletes and officials.

78,000 —  The capacity of Maracana stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held.

10,500 —  Athletes

206 — Countries

306 — Gold medals, 136 for women, 161 for men, 9 mixed.

3,200 —  Officials (referees, judges, and assistants) will oversee the competitions.

1— Team of refugees competing under the Olympic banner for the first time – using the power of sport to inspire the world.  Follow #TeamRefugees on social media to learn more about these brave athletes.

The U.S. Olympic Team is represented by 554 athletes (262 men, 292 women).

Five members of Team USA are from New Hampshire:

  • Sarah True, Hanover: Triathlon
  • Jessica Parratto, Dover: Synchronized & Individual 10m platform diving
  • Tessa Gobbo, Chesterfield: Rowing (women’s eight)
  • Alex Karwoski, Hollis: Rowing (men’s eight)
  • Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth College grad: 5,000 meters

All of us in Dover are cheering extra loud for Jessica who started diving here at the Dover Indoor Pool and the Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool on the Seacoast (her parents coached our local swimming program).  Jessica moved to Indiana at age 14 to train for her Olympic dream and also swam for the University of Pennsylvania.  Learn more about Jessica at http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/who-jessica-parratto

Go Team USA!

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