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Olympians in tears over food and hygiene concerns

A few social media posts have surged and are making the rounds on the internet, where athletes and officials at the Beijing Winter Olympics can be seen complaining about purported bad housing accommodations, meal alternatives, isolation rooms and devastating weather conditions.

The news: Participants of the Beijing Olympics have criticized the food quality and limited meals that are being served at the venue.

  • Christian Schwaiger, a German Alpine skiing coach, was seen complaining about the catering in Beijing and expressed concern about the limited meal alternatives available to sustain the high-performing pro athletes.
  • “The catering is really dubious because it isn’t actually catering at all,” Schwaiger told the Sun, “There are no hot meals.”
  • “There’s nothing else but crisps, nuts, and chocolate. This demonstrates a lack of commitment to high-performance sports.”

What’s going on: Team USA reportedly arrived at the Winter Games with additional food, including sacks of spaghetti. Besides the food, concerns have also been raised over hygiene and COVID-19’s treatment in the Olympic Village.

What are they saying: A Russian biathlete, Valeria Vasnetsova, turned to Instagram to talk about her experiences in Beijing’s tight quarantine circumstances.

  • “I’ve had this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the past five days. My bones are protruding because I’ve dropped a lot of weight. I can’t eat anything else, and I have no idea what my corona tests are,” Vasnetsova wrote in an Instagram post that has since been deleted.
  • Kim Meylemans, a Belgian skeleton racer, broke down in tears in an Instagram video, saying how terrified and perplexed she was about the COVID-19 protocols in Beijing.
  • When Meylemans first came, she tested positive for the virus, but later tested negative. She was transferred by EMS to another isolation facility when she assumed that she was being transported back to the Olympic Village in Yanqing.
  • The hotel accommodations were “unreasonable,” according to Dirk Schimmelpfennig, the leader of the German delegation, who also expressed concern about the isolation arrangements for three-time Nordic combined gold medallist Eric Frenzel, who was quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19.
  • Marko Anttila, previously of the Chicago Blackhawks, tested positive 18 days ago, but had many negative readings prior to departure, according to the Finnish Olympic squad.
  • “Marko had been with our team for approximately a week before we arrived here and he tested negative,” said head coach Jukka Jalonen.
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