As fanfare over the Tokyo 2020 Olympics continues to sweep the globe, athletes take center stage, pumping years of blood, sweat, and hard work into their respective events, in hopes of taking home a medal for their countries. When they’re not chasing after the gold, though, they’re either training or resting up in the Olympic Village in Tokyo.
That said, with no crowds to keep them busy, several Olympians have turned to social media to interact with fans, instead. A few players have even uploaded personal vlogs or quick clips on TikTok during their stay, just to give viewers a peak inside the not-so-elusive, but exclusive compund.
Below, check out all the cool details we spotted inside the Olympic Village, as posted by the athletes themselves.
For living arrangements, participants are blocked by countries across 21 residential buildings, meant to house 18,000 athletes and staff.
Based on British diver Tom Daley’s YouTube vlog, it seems national flags are hung on balconies to indicate which teams are occupying them. Bigger teams like Great Britain and USA each occupy a whole building or block for themselves.
Rooms with balconies have bay views, along with a look at a model of the famed Olympic rings, set outside for photo-ops.
Olympians sleep on eco-friendly, cardboard beds, which will be recycled into paper products after the games.
Despite what they look, athletes have testified that the beds are safe and sturdy. As per Athlete Village General Manager Takashi Kitajima, the beds can hold up to 200 kilograms, and are even stronger than wooden beds. In his vlog, Tom also mentioned that participants can take home the beds’ uniform blue and white Tokyo 2020 duvets.
Athletes are required to carry an ID with them at all times. Slung on it is a small pass that gives them access to the vending machines around the village for free drinks.
Tokyo also deployed self-driving buses to shuttle the players in and out of the village.
That said, Olympians have been mandated to stay inside the village at all times, if they’re not competing or training.
Prohibited from venturing into local restaurants, athletes take their meals inside the village’s two-story dining hall.
Tom says it has “a bit of everything,” with the cafeteria serving various types of cuisine, including Western and Asian meals. There's also an entire section dedicated to Japanese food.
The village also has an “international zone” composed of shops that offer services athletes might need during their stay, from a hair salon, a post office, banks, a gadget store, and a gift store.
“You’ve got everything you’re gonna need, and you don’t ever have to leave,” said Tom.
When they’re not competing, athletes can take a breather and enjoy the village’s entertainment center.
Here, they can play video games, digital dartboards, table tennis, and even relax on massage chairs, as seen on this TikTok video by Argentenian basketball player Fran Caffaro.
Athletes also get free healthcare at the Tokyo 2020 Polyclinic.
Nigerian basketballer Erica Ogwumike shares, “They give you access to a dermatologist, dentist, orthopedic surgeon, everything!”
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