Professional runner Nick Symmonds shares if he’s logged into the Olympic Village
It’s easy to let your imagination run wild when you imagine life inside the Olympic Village, where more than 10,000 of the world’s fittest people are confined for the duration of the games. Stories about the village running out of condoms, for example, are now legendary.
In a new YouTube video, former professional runner and two-time Olympian Nick Symmonds provided a sort of comparison to reality, describing what his own experience looked like when competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2012 Games in Beijing. London.
“When I first entered the village, it was so surreal. It’s walled up, it’s secure, you have to go through security. Once inside it’s very peaceful and you feel protected and out of the way, ”says Symmonds, adding that it’s not always easy to tell which athletes are participating in which sports, and that is. fun to guess. One exception, he noted, was a chance encounter with swimming legend Michael Phelps, who was staying in his dorm.
Speaking of these apartments, they’re not quite what most people might expect, Symmonds says. “You stay in a small dormitory-like room. Two beds, you have a roommate, maybe a little dresser for your things. They are very sparse and simple, ”he said, noting that the Tokyo Games reportedly even used cardboard furniture to discourage Olympians from sleeping together. (More on that in a moment.)
For the most part, says Symmonds, it’s all business – for him, anyway: you’re here to compete, and you’ve spent years, if not decades, preparing for this moment. Until you’ve finished your events, then it’s all about celebration. This means that athletes who start first, such as swimmers, tend to have the most time to relax and unwind.
Unfortunately, that was not the case for Symmonds, as track and field athletes are at the back of the competition. “The village is getting louder and louder as more and more people end up. The swimmers have let you know that they have finished competing. They partied so hard I remember, ”he says, which made it even harder to rest and stay focused for his own events.
This is also why during the 2012 games, says Symmonds, he rented an apartment away from the village and only entered it during the last two days of the events. As for all of the supposed connections going on inside those walls, Symmonds says his experience wasn’t exactly a condom-fueled bacchanal.
“For this bison, that never happened. I was there to compete, ”he says. “The men’s 800m was at the end of the games. I was focused. As soon as the competition was over, I got out of there and moved on to the next one. I unfortunately never hung in the village, I was there to do my job and that’s exactly what I did.
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