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2014 Sochi Olympics by the numbers

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic games is said to be the most expensive yet. (Source: MGN/Stefan Krasowski) The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic games is said to be the most expensive yet. (Source: MGN/Stefan Krasowski)

(RNN/CNN) - The little known Russian town of Sochi is preparing to host the most expensive Olympic Games ever - at a cost of about $50 billion.

The staggering price tag includes a major upgrade to Sochi's infrastructure.

The cost outstrips the $40 billion China is thought to have spent on the Beijing Summer Games, and it's more than three times the cost of London 2012.

When it won the bid in 2007, Russia said the Winter Games would cost $12 billion.

That figure ballooned as a huge effort to build new sporting venues, roads and hotels gathered pace.

Many of the new facilities will also be used when Sochi hosts the soccer World Cup in 2018.

One of the biggest projects has been the construction of a high-speed rail line linking the Black Sea Resort to the mountains.

Other than the high cost of the Winter Games, many other factors and digits are contributing to the events.

Here's a look at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, by the numbers.

  • 3,000,000,000 – Expected televised audience.
  • 47 – The average temperature in Sochi in February; which would make for the warmest weather ever at the Winter Olympics.
  • 5 – Total number of Olympic mascots this year.
  • 18 – Number of hours it takes to produce each medal. They weigh between 460 and 531 grams.
  • 15 dollars - Or 500 rubles, is the cheapest ticket you can find.
  • 42,000 – Hotel rooms that will be booked for the events.
  • 30 – Number of squats Moscow residents have to do to get a free subway ticket.
  • 17 – Days of competition – plus the Opening Ceremony.
  • 6,000 – Athletes from 85 countries who will be participating, including 1,650 Paralympians.
  • 40,000 rubles - Or $1,200, is the most expensive event ticket.
  • 98 – Total medal awarding events for men and women.
  • 3 – Number of men who were arrested in May 2012 in connection with a terrorist plot to attack the Olympics.
  • 500,000 – Total number of projected spectators.
  • 49 – The number of events women will compete in at the Sochi Games.
  • 150 dollars - More than half of all event tickets cost less than 5,000 rubles.
  • 11- Total number of new venues that were built for the events.
  • 430,000 – Population of Sochi.
  • 6.5 – Feet of snow the Caucus Mountains overlooking Sochi gets on average each year.
  • 89 – Number of events at the Olympic Games.
  • 37,000 - Number of security officers deployed for the Games.
  • 15 dollars – Average price for lunch at Olympic Park.
  • 75,000 – Number of people Olympic Park holds.
  • 7 – Number of cities bid to host the 2014 Winter Games.
  • 40,300 – Miles the Olympic torch's path to Sochi from start to finish.
  • 92 miles – Sochi is considered the longest city in Europe.
  • 25,000 – Number of volunteers.
  • 15 – Sports including figure skating, snowboarding and hockey.
  • 50,000,000,000 (dollars) – Estimated total cost of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Security concerns have escalated sharply since Sochi was awarded the games, and efforts to ensure a safe event could push costs even higher following a series of recent attacks in neighboring regions.

The games run Feb. 6 to 23.

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