Frankly, it is disrespectful and inappropriate for an event like this, Belgian Kevin Burley told the newspaper RTBF.
It has become a widespread problem in the US World Cup City. The World Cup is held on campus and the athletes live in ‘dormitories’, which are simple dormitories, just outside the stadium.
“I feel like I’m back in my freshman year of college,” Amali Lowell tells NRK.
– It’s small and spartan, but you have to get used to it. We have no choice, as the seven-time hero Nafie Thiam says.
Amalie Lowell last night ran a local heat in the 400m hurdles. Watch the race from WC on NRK 1 and NRK TV on 02.15 (Norwegian time).
Homemade cooling system
Before the first competition, Evind Henriksen got acquainted with the fresh air of the dormitory. He struggled to sleep when the temperature in the apartment was 28 degrees.
Many Norwegian athletes have experienced heat problems. There is no possibility to cool the room with air conditioning or the like.
– It’s so hot, that’s the only thing I want to point out as a negative, says Iuel.
So, she and space friend Elizabeth Slytum had to bring out the inner Reodor Felgen.
– We made the air conditioning ourselves. There was a fan in the room, so we brought buckets of ice and put them on plates to cool the room. Iuel says it has become more comfortable, I think the temperature has dropped a few degrees.
With a homemade cooling system, the quality of life is good for the World Cup debut Elizabeth Slytum.
– I thrive. We live in dorms, sleep well and have a great time, says Slettum.
The Belgian team struggles with other things besides the heat. Too short beds and very narrow spaces mean that any maneuvering in the room becomes an exercise in “ten square meter bulkheads.”
The 400-meter runner Julian Watren had to sleep on the floor because the bunk bed was too short for the 185cm body.
– I’ve never seen that before in my professional life, he says RTBF.
Special treatment for the United States of America
American athletes do not have to check-in in dorms. Home lives in a five star hotel.
– I would like to see that it was fair that all should live more or less equally, says Iuel and adds:
I don’t think Norway would have done the same.
All year round, we try to focus on the little things. When we get to the US we expect everything to be big and then we get small rooms and uncomfortable mattresses. It’s the same for everyone, except for the United States, says Kevin Burley.
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