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How many countries participate in the Olympic Games?

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The 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England featured athletes from 204 countries. The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia included athletes from 88 countries. The first modern Olympic Games took place in Athens, Greece in 1896 and had participants from 14 countries.

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The 2012 Summer Games involved 10,500 athletes competing in 39 disciplines across 26 sports. The competitions centered around Olympic Park and attracted as many as 180,000 daily visitors to the Games.

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi included seven nations that participated in the Winter Games for the first time: Dominica, Malta, Paraguay, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga and Zimbabwe. Ninety-eight events took place, including 12 new ones, and athletes from 26 different countries took home medals. Among the new events were women's ski jumping and ski and snowboard slopestyle.

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