Olympian Breaks Down In Tears Over Poor Living Conditions At 2022 Winter Games

An Olympian has shocked her followers with photos of the living conditions at the 2022  Winter Games in Beijing. 
Credit: @kimmeylemans/Instagram

An Olympian has broken down in tears over poor living conditions at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. 

Kim Meylemans, who is a Belgian skeleton racer, took to Instagram and revealed that she tested positive for Covid-19 on her arrival and was placed in a ‘facility’.

Despite the fact she later tested negative, she claimed she wasn’t allowed back to the village – Yanqing – and is in a ‘very hard’ position.

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Meylemans broke down in tears over her living conditions. Credit: @kimmeylemans/Instagram

The athlete explained: “On the way to the village, we did not turn to the village, the ambulance went to another facility.

“Where I am now. I am surprised, the National Olympic Committee is surprised as well. I am supposed to stay here for another seven days, with two PCRs a day and no contact with anybody else. 

“We are not sure I will ever be allowed to return to the village, and obviously this is very hard for me.”

Emotional, she ended the clip by saying: “I’m not sure I can handle 14 more days and the Olympic competition while being in isolation.”

Meylemans isn’t the only Olympian to slam the living conditions at the Winter Games.

According to The Sun, German Alpine skiing coach Christian Schwaiger has criticised the catering in Beijing and shared concerns over the ‘limited food options’. 

He reportedly said: “The catering is extremely questionable because really it’s not catering at all. There are no hot meals.

“There are crisps, some nuts and chocolate, and nothing else. This shows a lack of focus on high-performance sport.”

Valeria Vasnetsova, a Russian biathlon competitor, took to Instagram in a now-deleted post to tell her followers about the food available.

She said: “I’ve been getting this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for five days now.

I’ve lost a lot of weight and my bones are sticking out. I can’t eat anything else, I don’t know anything about my corona tests.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.