The world’s most prestigious sporting event, the Olympics, opens today in London for the 30th time in the modern era. Held every four years, this year’s Olympics will see athletes from an estimated 205 nations take part. Among the 26 official sports, some 300 events will be featured. Tonight’s opening ceremony is expected to be viewed by 4 billion people around the world. One of the most popular televised events is gymnastics. In the 2008 Olympics, the U.S. won 2 gold medals, 11 silver and 7 bronze in gymnastics. In the U.S., there are 17 men’s college gymnastic teams and 83 teams for women. Profile America is produced by the U.S. Census Bureau: Measuring America–People, Places, and Our Economy.
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