The Olympic Torch is getting closer and closer to it’s new home in PyeongChang and the athletes are starting to make their journeys around the world to the games and the excitement is building. But some athletes might be getting more excited than others! Headline news this week is the staggering amount of condoms being supplied to athletes at the games, 110,000 condoms have been supplied to the 2,925 athletes working out at around 37 condoms per person. Condoms have made the headlines at the Olympics since the last time South Korea hosted the games in 1988 when they were introduced to reduce the spread of HIV and since then the saying “what happens in the Olympic Village stays in the Olympic Village” has become evermore popular with the Rio 2016 games supplying 450,000!
More than just condoms
The designers of the Olympic village will want to be remembered for far more than the number of condoms supplied. The Olympics will see two villages, one in PyeongChang, which will host the athletes performing in snow based events, and one in Gangneung, which will host the athletes competing in the ice based events.
PyeongChang will have eight 15-story buildings that will seem tiny compared to the nine 25-story buildings in Gangneung! Every room will be en-suite and fully equipped with bedding and toiletries. The hosts have also prepared special blankets for each athlete to take home, inscribed with specially designed illustrations of the different events.
Both villages will be better equipped than some of the towns the athletes originate from. Each village will have banks, laundry rooms, post offices, convenience stores, gyms and religious centres. On top of this the Olympic Committee is also planning to host various cultural and non-cultural entertainment events so no matter what the athletes want to do in their spare time they won’t have to leave the villages.
Moving into the Future
To add to the 5 star luxury the athletes will be living in for their two week stay in South Korea they will be treated to futuristic technologies that could change the sports and general life.
5G will be available across the games for athletes, journalists and spectators, averaging 28.6Mbps and can go up to 100Mbps! This is the fastest Internet in the world which is appropriately rolled out alongside some of the fastest events in the world.
Two Dutch speed skaters this year wearing specially designed suits form Samsung, which are similar to those used by games designers and will show the exact movements of the athletes and will give suggestions to improve the athletes chances.
Downhill Skiers will be treated to two types of new technology, Downhill skiing is the fastest event at the games with skiers reaching over 100mph and safety is always key. Giro has created a helmet using Multi-Directional Impact Protection (MIPS) that are designed to reduce the movement during impact. They will also be wearing Airbags, the design was rolled out in MotoGP to reduce impact riders have with the tarmac and has since been transferred into the skintight suits skiers wear. 2014 Gold Medalist Matthias Mayer was wearing one of the first suits when he crashed in 2015 and suffered a fractured vertebrae but a crash like that would likely have ended in a much worse spinal injury.
Written by Imran Ali