PyeongChang Village Life

With so much new stuff from Olympic Processing, I spent my morning getting organized. I took tags off the items that I will wear during the Olympics and made them accessible. Everything else I left in packaging in the duffle bags to be sent home for later use or for giving away.

In addition to the gear I acquired yesterday, there are additional items in the room that we can use and (presumably) keep. One such item is the custom Olympic comforter. (My “little sister” Lindsey Adams put my one from Sochi to good use when I brought it home.)

We also received Team USA blankets.

The local organizing committee gave us all slippers to wear around the apartment. The Koreans never wear shoes inside a home.

Our apartment has five bedrooms. I’m sharing one with Paddy Caldwell. Erik Bjornsen and Simi Hamilton are sharing the one next door. Logan Hanneman, Andy Newell and Scott Patterson each have singles.

The unit has a small central kitchen/dining/TV area.

Unfortunately, most of the “kitchen” wasn’t installed for us. We don’t have a sink (there is a spout but no basin or water) or stove/oven.

My guess is that they will have a much easier time selling the unit after the Olympics if the kitchen is brand new.

We do have a microwave, mini-fridge, and electric kettle, and the USOC has stocked our unit with snack food and simple breakfast food like oatmeal and granola/yogurt.

We were also given two lounging camp chairs.

Simi and Erik won the room lottery. They have a couch!

We were given some things to make our beds more comfortable.

We got memory foam pillows and mattress toppers.

The organizing committee also gave us gifts, including a Yut-Nori, a traditional Korean folk game.

We got lamps handmade by locals.

And they gave us some cool cards depicting local attractions.

All of the stuff from Team Processing was delivered to my door last night, including my freshly tailored pants.

I had to go through everything again to take out the items I need to wear.

Here’s the view from our 13th floor apartment.

Here’s looking a different direction.

After unpacking I joined a US Athlete Super Bowl viewing party in the Athlete Lounge.

I also went for a run. Here are all the flags at the entrance to the village.

Here’s a view looking at the Village from a distance.

The Super Bowl was just finishing as I headed to The Haven for lunch, and there was live coverage on the bus.

I mentioned The Haven yesterday, a joint venture facility between US Ski and Snowboard and the US Olympic Committee with dining, strength and treatment facilities exclusively for US athletes. Although we have access to the Village dining hall, we are encouraged to eat all of our lunches and dinners at The Haven, and to eat breakfasts in our apartment, in order to limit our exposure to germs. Illness is often a huge problem in the Olympic Village. Also, The Haven has higher quality food than the dining hall because they are making smaller quantities.

After the bus ride home from lunch, the US Bobsled Team and I were asked to take a picture with a volunteer.

I’m curious what this sign says on the first tower in the village.

The Village is very impressive to me. It is huge.

The US Team has a full one half of one of the towers, and that doesn’t include the athletes in the Coastal Village (for ice sports) or the teams (like Alpine Speed) that have opted not to stay in the Village.

This afternoon I went to the venue to go for a ski for the first time. First I swung by our waxing area.

We have five large containers which seems like plenty of space to me.

I raced here last year for the Test Event, and it is really nice to be back.

They’ve made some additions, like adding the Olympic Rings.

The stadium is looking good.

It is located between the biathlon stadium and the ski jumps/big air jump (pictured below).

Here’s a look at the finish line.

Here’s the far end of the course.

Other athletes were out skiing also, including the French men.

I got to ski a few laps with my good friend Karel Tammjärv from Estonia.

They are rigging a ton of aerial cameras around the course.

The skiing is really nice but it’s quite cold (around 10° to 15°F) and a little too windy to be pleasant.

When I got back to the Village, many of my teammates had arrived. Here I am (left) with Paddy Caldwell, Scott Patterson and Erik Bjornsen.

The first thing we did was explore the Village, which I hadn’t done yet. We poked our heads in the dining hall, avoiding germs.

Who would ever expect to see a Coke machine with a cross-country skier on the side?

Like in Sochi, we were given keychains that provide unlimited access to the Coke machines (which have healthier options including water).

We stopped in the Athlete Game Room.

There is a whole room full of massage chairs.

The guys were excited about a case full of warm coffee drinks.

We stopped in at the village strength room (which made us glad we have The Haven because it was super crowded) before we checked out the Village laundry facilities.

This evening we had a meeting with the USOC in which we were all given Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phones. We are very excited. Here’s Erik.

And Paddy…

Their MSRP is $950.

I already have mine up and running. In fact, I’m writing this blog on it, though all pictures were taken on my Galaxy S7. Maybe tomorrow’s pictures will be better when I use this phone’s camera.

In case I haven’t gotten enough stuff at this Olympics, this evening I got my L.L. Bean and Craft Olympic gear, including the race suits.

Sorry for the extremely long post. I didn’t realize I took so many pictures today.