QUALIFYING CAN BE MORE DIFFICULT THAN THE ACTUAL GAMES.
Marti Malloy, a 2012 bronze medalist in judo, knew early in 2016 that she had gathered enough wins to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. And those kinds of preliminary qualification competitions can sometimes be more pressure and difficult than actual competing in front of a billion television viewers. There can be more stress in a small tournament when one feel like they are not allowed to lose. She shared. “In the Olympics, it’s like, if you lost, you are failed to be among the best people on the planet.
THEY GORGE ON MCDONALD’S.
As a long-standing Olympic sponsor, McDonald’s has built itself a permanent place in the dining hall of Olympic Village, the mini-town built in the host city of every Olympic event. Like all the food and beverages offered there, it’s absolutely free. There are cases that some athletes don’t eat before their event, but after, you can come and ask for eight cheeseburgers and they just ring it up. If an athlete isn’t required to burn fuel over a long duration, he or she might even indulge early. According to McDonal’s employees. As many as 1000 Chicken McNuggets were put out within the 10-day span before and after one athlete won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games.
THEY LIVE IN A WEIRDLY UNFINISHED TOWN.
Built new for every Olympic Games, Olympic Village is a multimillion dollar venue that similar to a college campus, featuring housing, dining, and open recreational areas. Most of the times the paint and grass will still smell fresh, and little details can still visible as they were in the rush to finish on time such as an apartment door features a 2.5-inch gap on the bottom letting in the cold wild of Sochi, a malfunctioning lock on bathroom door or a malfunction toilets that wouldn’t flush.