May 18, 2022

Fast Facts and Stats: A Selection of Olympic Research and Reference Resources

A small selection of reference resources from primary and other credible sources.

We’re planning to add more resources to this post during the games. Check back often.

UPDATE Associated Press Topical Guide: 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games
Facts, pronunciation guide, and style guidelines.
Source: AP Stylebook

Backgrounders, Guides Factsheets, and Other Text Documents
All documents are PDF files. 

Source For All Documents: International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Rio 2016 Venue Maps
Source: Rio 2016

Google Adds Street View Imagery and Indoor Maps for Olympic Venues
Source: Google

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Official Commemorative Book (312 pages; PDF)
Source: IOC

Databases and Other Interactive Resources

Olympics FAQs (Over 130 Questions and Answers)
Source: IOC

Olympics at
Data on every event, athlete, venue, etc. back to 1896.

Olympic and World Records ||| Athlete Profiles
Track and Field Events
Source: International Association of Athletics Federations


All Olympic Medal Winners: Every One Since 1896-2008 (Open Data)
Source: The Guardian


Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony – Flag Bearers
Source: IOC

US Olympic Team: List of Athletes ||| by Sport ||| by State
Source: US Olympic Committee 


Full Text: Decision Of The IOC Executive Board Concerning Participation Of Russian Athletes Olympic Games Rio 2016 and IOC Review Panel Decides on Participation of Russian Athletes at Olympic Games Rio 2016

Full Text of Recent IOC Disciplinary Commission Decisions

Social Media and News

Twitter: IOC Media Stream

IOC Newsfeed (Most Posts Incl. Large Images)


Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by IOC President at Opening Ceremonies

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