Because I live in Seoul and work as a journalist, I’m paying close attention to the Winter Olympics as they open tonight in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
I don’t know much about the Winter Games’ history, so I decided first to research which countries are here. Europe dominates:
Here’s a world map (Russia has many athletes here, but they’re not eligible for medals because of a doping scheme):
And a table, so you can look up specific countries (there are 93 in total).
The summer Olympics begin in just over two weeks. The quadrennial event has continued to grow over the years, with more than 200 countries and 10,000 athletes competing in 2008. Here’s how participation has changed over time:
As the event continues to grow, women are being included at higher rates. The last time the Olympics were held in London, about 10 percent of participants were female. In 2008, they made up more than 40 percent. Here’s the trend over time:
Source: Sports Reference LLC