A waterfall was created in the athletes’ dormitory due to a water leak in the Beijing Olympic Village.

The indelible food and dirty rooms were far from the end of the unpleasant moments that emerged from the Beijing Olympic bubble.

“Help!” Written by the Finnish Olympic skier Katri Lurumpera On Instagram, after a pipe leaked, water spewed from the ceiling, flooding the team’s living quarters.

A video she posted earlier this week showed at least nine places where water could run down, such as ceiling lights, sprinklers, and near cameras. Water collected in the pool, which covered the entire floor of the finish quarter, and spread outside the glass doors of the building.

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A quarter of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics athletes’ village ends with a flood due to a leak. (Katri Lurumpera / Instagram)

The athlete joked, “a lovely waterfall,” while she and other team members were waiting outside for village staff to wear hazmat suits to stop the flow of water.

The leak adds a series of embarrassing sights to Beijing authorities as the ruling Communist Party faces scrutiny of its human rights records and whether there was any prejudice in favor of Chinese players at the convention.

A week after the Beijing Games, Olympic athletes complained about poor diet and nightmarish quarantine rules. For example, one player is awakened from bed at 3 am and sent to quarantine.

“I was crying crazy because I didn’t know what was going on. Polish short track speed skating player Natalia Maliszewska was emotional when she was sitting alone behind the ambulance. Recalling the tension, he said, “I will cry until my tears are gone.”

Marijevska wasn’t the only one who went in and out of the tournament many times and stopped training at the last minute. Russian biathlon said she lost weight at the Olympic quarantine hotel after being forced to survive for days with a small fare of plain pasta and burnt meat. Similarly for the Belgian skeleton racer, she feels when she realizes that she has been transferred to another quarantine, just as she thought she was finally removed from the virus. I made a plea.

At a press conference on February 12, the organizers of the Beijing Olympics were asked about the Korean team’s choice to move away from the Olympic Village cafeteria and replace it with its own dining service center.

Shen Chien-hwan, the Olympic Village Director of the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, claims that local Chinese food was very popular, but “completely understands the complexity” of meeting athletes’ dietary needs. I admitted that I didn’t.

“The proportion of athletes with specific tastes and needs is negligible,” he said, adding that the athlete’s menu was the product of two years of work.

As if to offset criticism, China’s state media has stird up stories about athletes in favor of the Chinese food served.

“The Beijing Winter Olympics is a delicacy banquet for athletes,” read a headline published by the nationalist tabloid Global Times.

For many foreign athletes, broadcasting their frustration on Western social media platforms has proven to be a quick way to boost their condition. But such internet freedom would be a luxury elsewhere in China.

Beijing has given Olympic athletes special access to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, but the site remains blocked for 1.4 billion Chinese citizens.

The striking contrast was highlighted by the interaction between Instagram users and US-born skier Eileen Gu. This skier has become a favorite of the Chinese public for winning a gold medal in China.

Avoiding politically controversial topics during media appearances, “Why Instagram can be used and millions of Chinese from the mainland cannot use it, why did they receive special treatment as Chinese citizens?” I wrote the user Cilla Chan to Gu. “It’s not fair. Speak out for the millions of Chinese who don’t have the freedom of the internet.[?]”

“Anyone can download a VPN,” Gu replied. She added that it was “literally free on the App Store” and ended the sentence with her thumbs-up emoji.

Screenshots circulating on Chinese Twitter Weibo have sparked a heated debate.

“Literally, I’m not’everyone’, and literally it’s illegal to extend the Great Firewall,” users complained, citing the unofficial name of the Chinese administration’s Internet censorship system. ..



Eva Fu is a New York-based writer of The Epoch Times, focusing on Sino-US relations, religious freedom, and human rights. Contact Eva at [email protected]

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