Alpine skiing-Chilly meals riles Germany coach, U.S. deliver personal pasta

2022 Beijing Olympics – Alpine Snowboarding – Males’s Downhill – Nationwide Alpine Ski Centre, Yanqing district, Beijing, China – February 6, 2022. FIS race director Markus Waldner is seen after the occasion was postponed. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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YANQING, China, Feb 6 (Reuters) – It isn’t solely the wind whipping the pistes that’s chilly up on the mountains internet hosting the Beijing Olympics.

After excessive winds on Sunday pressured organisers to postpone the Alpine flagship occasion, the lads’s downhill race, Germany’s coach lamented there was no scorching meals obtainable for athletes racing on the model new course nicknamed “The Rock”. learn extra

“The catering is extraordinarily questionable, as a result of actually it is not catering in any respect… I’d have anticipated that the Olympic Committee is able to offering scorching meals,” Christian Schwaiger informed reporters.

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“There aren’t any scorching meals. There are crisps, some nuts and chocolate and nothing else. This exhibits a scarcity of concentrate on high-performance sport,” he mentioned including that it was completely different at different races, for instance on the World Cup.

The Alpine course close to Yanqing with 100% synthetic snow, ski lifts, gondolas, roads and lodging have been all constructed for the 2022 Video games and have by no means been utilized in an enormous occasion earlier than.

Schwaiger requested for the catering to be improved days in the past however mentioned nothing had modified. Nonetheless, the meals within the close by athletes’ village was nice, he mentioned, echoing athletes from a number of nations.

In the meantime, the U.S. crew got here ready with tenting meals similar to luggage of pasta that simply want scorching water to make a meal.

Whereas different large occasions sometimes provide a buffet for athletes, stricter coronavirus protocols is perhaps the rationale for chilly catering in Yanqing, a U.S. crew spokeswoman mentioned, including it was additionally attainable to deliver meals from the athletes’ village.

Austrian medal contender Matthias Mayer conceded it was a particular state of affairs, saying extra established racing hubs similar to Austria’s Kitzbuehel in contrast extra favourably by providing “the perfect of the perfect”.

Nonetheless, he added that the Austrian crew had additionally introduced meals up the mountain though a scorching meal proper earlier than a race was not conducive to producing prime performances.

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Reporting by Shadia Nasralla; Modifying by Ken Ferris

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