By now, everyone must be aware about how terrible the home and lodging arrangements are at the Sochi Olympics. Last week, Canada.com ran a feature which had this photo online, to show the types of beds and mattresses the athletes are sleeping on at the Olympic village. In particular, this is where Canada’s men’s hockey team are bunking, in twin beds that would be reminiscent of staying in a dorm room. According to the report, even NHL superstars are allotted the same type of beds. We can imagine just how uncomfortable they must have been.
Athletes, especially those that do this professionally, rely on a good night’s sleep to keep their performance in top form. Anything that causes sleep deprivation or sleep problems — and in this case, it’s an inappropriately-sized bed and mattress — would affect how their bodies and mind operate when there’s a competition the next day.
USA Team’s Jeremy Abbot, who competes as a figure skater, wouldn’t not have any of these bedding problems. So, guess what he did? He actually brought his own bed, a queen-sized air mattress, to Russia. He also left the Olympic village and chose to stay near the team’s training facility. The athlete said he has learned from a previous experience in Vancouver, when sleeping on a bed provided for them at the Olympic village resulted in problems that affected his ranking at the competition.
We guess his decision to bring his own bed was a good one, albeit costly. The skater went on to win a medal the first time he stepped on the rink at Sochi.
(Photo credit: Canada.com)