The Gold Standard:Visa and the Olympic Games

Visa has been a proud sponsor of the Olympic Games for more than 30 years. As we look ahead to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games next winter, we first look back at the golden moments in Visa and Olympic and Paralympic Games history.

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Team up

Number of athletes competing

Paralympic Games Olympic Games

Girl power

Female athletes as a percentage of all athletes at summer Olympic Games

Nation building

Number of countries competing

1988 2012/14
Summer Winter Summer Winter

Turn of events

Number of Olympic medal events

Summer Winter

Heat of the moment

Average temperature in °F

Olympic Games Paralympic Games
Summer 1988-20121988–2012 68° 63°
Winter 1988-20101988–2010 21° 32°

Sources:,,, World Bank, Guinness World Records,


  1. Temperature data has been calculated based on the host country's average temperature for the months in which the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games took place.
  2. Sochi 2014 Olympic Games has not been included in the temperature calculations, as data is only available up to 2012.
  3. All brand names and logos are the property of their respective owners, are used for identification purposes only, and do not imply product endorsement or affiliation with Visa.
  4. The Visa-sponsored athletes referenced above were each part of the Team Visa program at the time their accomplishment is cited.

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