Russian athlete Valeria Vasnetsova posted this photo on Instagram. She says that the same meal has been served at the Winter Olympics in Beijing for “breakfast, lunch, and dinner for five days already.”
She said she could only eat three handfuls of pasta a day “because it’s just impossible to eat the rest of the food,” causing her to “sleep all day because I don’t even have the strength to get out of bed.” She added her “bones are sticking out” from losing “a lot of weight.”
“My stomach hurts, I’m very pale and I have huge black circles around my eyes,” Vasnetsova wrote in a since-deleted Feb. 3 Instagram post. “I want all this to end. I cry every day. I’m very tired.”
Vasnetsova isn’t the only Olympian complaining. Finland ice hockey coach Jukka Jalonen said one of his players who’s been staying in a quarantine hotel, Marko Antilla, is “not getting good food.” German team chief Dirk Schimmelpfennig went even further, calling the hotels’ living conditions “unreasonable” and demanding additional food deliveries for athletes.